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CLASS OF 2014

Merlina Escorcia
Merlina Escorcia

Mentor: Darcy Miller University: University of Connecticut Major: Computer science Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor Advice for future applicants: Be open-minded Quotation: "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Courtlen Oates
Courtlen Oates

Mentor: Norm Savoie University: Case Western Reserve University Major: Electrical engineering Favorite thing about MVSS: The program helped me to open my mind to the college search and explore my options as I started to look forward to college. Advice for future applicants: Make the most of the time you have in high school and utilize your resources. Quotation: "The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but time and chance happens to all."

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CLASS OF 2015

Crystal Luna
Crystal Luna

Mentor: Darcy Miller University: Denison University Major: Women's Studies, Political Science Favorite thing about MVSS: Connection with my mentor Advice for future applicants: You'll never discover unknown passions unless you're willing to come out of your comfort zone. Quotation: *You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the genuine way learning takes place. That's a very difficult way to live, but it also has served me.” -Audre Lorde

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Shankar Ramkellawan
Shankar Ramkellawan

Mentor: Nathan Fisher University: Harvard University Major: Pre-med, government Favorite thing about MVSS: Program's support system Advice for future applicants: Apply without hesitation Quotation: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai

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CLASS OF 2016

Melissa Amigon
Melissa Amigon

Mentor: Toni Gamils University: SUNY Oneonta Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor Advice for future applicants: Always strive for the best. Sometimes we tend to underestimate ourselves but with hard work and perseverance anything is possible, especially college. Quotation: "Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being." -Kevin Kruse

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Shadae Leslie
Shadae Leslie

Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman University: Boston University Favorite thing about MVSS: Exceptional college preparation Advice for future applicants: Be yourself and don't psych yourself out! Quotation: "Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them." -Steve Maraboli

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Devita Mohandeo
Devita Mohandeo

Mentor: Norm Savoie University: Penn State Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor Advice for future applicants: Don't feel discouraged or intimidated by the process. Quotation: "Without the willingness to fail, the possibility for great success is eliminated." -Sanjay Gupta

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CLASS OF 2017

Agustin Mendoza
Agustin Mendoza

Mentor: Jane Easterbrook University: Lehigh University

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Michael Persaud
Michael Persaud

Mentor: Stephen Ball University: Fordham University

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Taury Phelps
Taury Phelps

Mentor: Darcy Miller University: Ithaca College

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Judy Yu
Judy Yu

Mentor: Teresa Weber University: Carnegie Mellon University

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CLASS OF 2018

Ruby Acquah
Ruby Acquah

Mentor: Toni Gamils University: University at Buffalo

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Carmen Alvarez
Carmen Alvarez

Mentor: Nathan Fisher University: Saint Michael's College

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Stella Balbino
Stella Balbino

Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman University: Hunter College

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Crystal Mcfarlane
Crystal Mcfarlane

Mentor: Martin Ludwikowski University: RIT

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Peace Oji Anaya
Peace Oji Anaya

Mentor: Norm Savoie University: Pace University

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CLASS OF 2019

Juan Franco
Juan Franco

Mentor: Jim Von Albade University: Binghamton University

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Victoria Gomez
Victoria Gomez

Mentor: Teresa Weber University: Northeastern University

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Andre Meddar
Andre Meddar

Mentor: Stephen Ball University: Columbia University

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Dontae Richards
Dontae Richards

Mentor: Janice & Danny Lanzetta University: University of Connecticut

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Alondra Vera
Alondra Vera

Mentor: Darcy Miller University: New York University

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CLASS OF 2020

Shanoy Bowen
Shanoy Bowen

Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman University: Northeastern University

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Bryan Bueno
Bryan Bueno

Mentor: Norm Savoie University: Syracuse University

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Morgan Foster
Morgan Foster

Mentor: Norm Savoie University: Howard University

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Fiona Jabar
Fiona Jabar

Mentor: Lew Koflowitz University: University at Buffalo

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Cierra Jones
Cierra Jones

Mentor: Nathan Fisher University: Howard University

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Sandra Lemus
Sandra Lemus

Mentor: Christine Bensche University: University at Buffalo

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CLASS OF 2021

John Alex
John Alex

Mentor: Mark Gardner

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Milouse Brice
Milouse Brice

Mentor: Darcy Miller

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Alexandra Courtney
Alexandra Courtney

Mentor: Teresa Weber

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Maame Forson
Maame Forson

Mentor: Mark Hirsh

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Brandon Jaikaran
Brandon Jaikaran

Mentor: Janice & Danny Lanzetta

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CLASS OF 2022

Olivia Anderson
Olivia Anderson

Mentor: Arikha Moses

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Taylor Bennett
Taylor Bennett

Mentor: Rita Amaya-Oates

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Fatima Davila
Fatima Davila

Mentor: Julia Weede

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Sam Lewis
Sam Lewis

Mentor: Norm Savoie

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Brielle Rennes
Brielle Rennes

Mentor: Christine Bensche

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David Tlatelpa
David Tlatelpa

Mentor: Stephen Ball

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