AlumUpdate MAR 2017 – Ronnie Vergara & Monmouth University
Academic life was not always smooth for Ronnie Vergara. Now a successful Sophomore double-majoring in Finance and Economics at Monmouth University, Ronnie felt frustrated when she started at DePaul Catholic High. “I struggled with many things, certainly academics and sports,” says Ronnie. “I hit a point where I almost gave up.”
Ronnie’s mom, Migdalia, became aware of her daughter’s difficulties and provided inspiration along with strong guidance, advising her to get academic help after sports practice, and to make an extra effort both in the classroom and on the field. Ronnie made a commitment to herself that she would succeed. She began working harder and putting in extra time. She found a very dedicated tutor and mentor in DePaul teacher and softball coach, Jennie Horwath. “She helped me totally turn things around. Even when she wasn’t my teacher, she tutored me…she was always there for me and gave me hope. She really helped me get through high school,” says Ronnie.
By Junior year, Ronnie was getting all As and never looked back. To this day, she continues to maintain a straight A average at Monmouth U. Jennie Horwath wasn’t surprised by her achievements, saying, “She always had that extra spark…nothing was going to stop her.”
Ronnie’s parents, Migdalia and Martin, married at age 18 and living in Paterson, worked extremely hard to instill positive values and a dedication to education into each of their 4 children. The two elder Vergara siblings have graduated from college. Ronnie is on track to graduate in 2019, and her younger sister Madison, also a Tri-County scholarship recipient, plans to attend college once she graduates from DePaul.
Ronnie continues to play softball, having achieved varsity status all 4 years at DePaul and winning four county championships. She remains committed to trying to “make the earth a better place”, having volunteered with the Environmental Club throughout High School. “She’s always determined to help others,” says Horwath. Ronnie’s professional goals include working in the field of corporate finance. “She can achieve whatever she wants… The sky’s the limit… she has something inside herself – passion,” says Horwath. Ronnie is thankful for her educational opportunities. “I don’t think my sister and I would both have been prepared to go to college without Tri-County. I would not be in the position I am now,” she says gratefully.