By Jonathan M. Hicap
A Filipina student graduated summa cum laude from the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Lara Andrea Montales, 21, graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Economics Major in Finance and Business Analytics.
She entered Wharton School in 2014.
Wharton School is ranked No.1 in Forbes’ 2017 Best Business Schools in the US.
Summa cum laude honor is awarded by Wharton to a student whose grade point average (GPA) is between 3.80 and 4.00.
Montales was the valedictorian in elementary at Colegio San Agustin-Makati and graduated with high honors at the Philippine Science High School-Main.
She represented the Philippines and won in international math contests under the tutelage of the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG).
She became an intern at Morgan Stanley in Singapore last year. She will be vacationing in the Philippines this month to be with her family before flying back to the US in August to start working at a consulting firm involved in corporate turnaround and restructuring in Chicago.