Early College High School Success Story: Marquis Pugh

Topics: Early College High School

Marquis Pugh is a graduate of Lorain County Early College High School, a KnowledgeWorks early college high school. When Marquis Pugh started at Lorain County Early College High School, he wasn’t what you would call a model student. Marquis doesn’t deny that assessment.

“I used to be a problem child,” he said. “I goofed off, wouldn’t go to class.”

“Marquis had to be redirected several times,” said academic adviser RoseMarie Wagner, “but that’s what I like most about him. He had to work to graduate, but he wanted it, and he finished what he started.”

He discovered he had to make up work he didn’t do properly. “When I first started early college, I did mess up,” he recalled. “And for that I had to keep going to  summer school, keep retaking classes.”

Those lessons stayed with him. “Because of early college, I’ve learned how to study a lot better. I learned a lot from my mistakes,” he said. “I don’t think I’d be in college right now if it wasn’t for the early college program.”

During his final two years in early college, Marquis learned to temper his sometimes-misguided playfulness — a lesson Marquis said he owes to Roslyn Valentine, Lorain County Early College’s then principal. “I was always afraid of Mrs. V,” he said. “But … she saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself.”

By the time Marquis graduated high school, he had also earned is associate degree from Lorain County Community College.

Now Marquis studies fashion merchandising at the University of Akron and works part-time for a local internet provider. “I’ve always loved clothes,” he said. “They give you freedom of expression in a real way; you express yourself through them.”

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