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WVHS students recognized at Sojourner Truth Awards Program 2016

on March 14, 2016
Pictured are Hadriel Nunez, Jack Lillian, Petra Chiabi, Natasha Pujols, Christine McSweeney, Thomas Nafash, Jason Nafash, Mr. G. Burns, and Dr. Larry Washington.

Pictured are Hadriel Nunez, Jack Lillian, Petra Chiabi, Natasha Pujols, Christine McSweeney, Thomas Nafash, Jason Nafash, Mr. G. Burns, and Dr. Larry Washington

Twenty-seven Warwick Valley High School students were recognized at the 26th annual Sojourner Truth Awards Program on Friday, March 11, at SUNY Orange in Middletown.

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program honors students who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, sciences, and technology.

The program aims to promote education in a positive manner and to motivate students who are from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the college population to consider college as a viable and attainable goal.

Sojourner Truth, for whom the program is named, is hailed as one of the most effective and powerful speech-makers of the 19th century. Born Isabella Bomefree about 1797 in Hurley, Isabella was sold four times, until she and her daughter were given their freedom in 1828. In 1843 she changed her name to Sojourner Truth to better reflect her chosen mission of traveling to tell people about the truth of slavery.

Dr. Larry Washington with Marquis Aquino

Pictured: Dr. Larry Washington with Marquis Aquino

Sojourner Truth Awards 2016

Warwick Valley High School

Emma Andoh – Diversity

Marquis Aquino – Citizenship

Vince Britton – Athletics

Daipaul Brown – Citizenship

Molly Byrne – Athletics

Ikoni Chiabi – Citizenship

Petra Chiabi – Diversity

Samantha Delgado – Perseverance/Effort

Deirdre Dunkin – English Language Arts

Jacqueline Dutan-Cabrera – Diversity

Kirk Kitson – Perseverance/Effort

Jack Lillian – Athletics

Christine McSweeney – Perseverance/Effort

Jason Nafash – Athletics

Thomas Nafash – Athletics

Hadriel Nunez – Perseverance/Effort

Octavio Olivar-Vargas – Perseverance/Effort

Eric Paez – Perseverance/Effort

Ayanna Pagan – Perseverance/Effort

Dominique Perkins – Creative Arts

Jennie Prial – Athletics

Natasha Pujols – Perseverance/Effort

Brian Ramirez – Perseverance/Effort

Olivia Sicherman – Creative Arts

Clayton Thompson – Citizenship

George Walters – Sciences

Wen Long Yang – Citizenship

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