Daniel Vannella, Vineland High School Class of 2000 valedictorian. Monday, June,14, 2010

Daniel Vannella

Vineland High School

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After graduating magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2004 with a degree in English, Vannella attended William and Mary Law School in Virginia, were he worked on the Law Review and put his English degree to good use.

"I had been going back and forth between medical school and law school in high school but finally decided on law," he said. "I was in mock trial in high school and liked arguing in front of a judge. I worked on my writing style as well. As an attorney, you can make yourself stand out with your writing."

He decided to attend law school in Virginia to see another part of the country, but always planned to return. He clerked for Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Richard Geiger for a year and served as an assistant prosecutor for another year. He recently started a job in Trenton as a deputy attorney general representing the Department of Corrections at South Woods State Prison in Cumberland County.

"At this point, I want to be in the public sector," he said.

Advice to the Class of 2010:

"Enjoy the present, but look ahead. Have a plan. Don't just go day by day."

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