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Monday March 26, 2018 at 9:02am Age: 332 days
Category: Middle School, High School, District


Twenty-three Minisink Valley Middle and High School students were honored for their achievements at the 28th Annual Sojourner Truth Awards ceremony, at SUNY Orange, on March 9. Our honorees were cheered by accompanying school administrators, faculty, and family members.  

"It was an honor to receive the Sojourner Truth Award,” said middle school student Ann Marie Solimando. “I always try to do my best and was so happy that my effort was acknowledged. Thank you."

The Sojourner Truth Awards celebrate the cultural diversity of Orange County youth, recognize the accomplishments of students, and empower them to pursue their education goals.

"I was very nervous, yet proud of myself to have received the opportunity to get these awards for my hard work and dedication to my education,” said middle school student Sierra Libron. She was also relieved her nervousness didn’t show on stage.

Student honorees were nominated by their teachers for achievements in one of ten categories:

— Minisink Valley Middle School Honorees and Achievement Categories: Danielle Bonilla, foreign languages; Danielle Grady, foreign languages; Kai Colon, foreign languages; Ethan Hildago, creative arts; Taylor Keenan, mathematics; Sierra Libron, foreign languages/science; AnnMarie Solimando, science.

— Minisink Valley High School Honorees and Achievement Categories: Ryan Alliegro, citizenship; *Melanie Demera, foreign languages; Adrian Donkor, athletics; Kaylynn Fernandez, foreign languages; Andrew Figueroa, foreign languages; Grace Gold, English language arts; Analda Joseph, foreign languages; Tia Millwood, citizenship; Valerie Moore, perseverance/effort; Camila Palacios, creative arts; Elijah Reece, creative arts; Michelle Rodriguez, diversity; Brooke Sanchez-Titsworth, creative arts; Elizabeth Sirico, foreign languages; Nahomy Tellez, diversity; Haolong Xie, athletics.

*SPECIAL HONOR: MVHS Melanie Demara was one of only four students to receive a $2,500 tuition scholarship for Suny Orange.

Congratulations to all!