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CLASS OF 2014

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mentor: Jane Easterbrook
University: Lehigh University
Michael Persaud
Mentor: Stephen Ball
University: Fordham University
Taury Phelps
Mentor: Darcy Miller
University: Ithaca College
Judy Yu
Mentor: Teresa Weber
University: Carnegie Mellon University
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CLASS OF 2018

Ruby Acquah
Mentor: Toni Gamils
University: University at Buffalo
Carmen Alvarez
Mentor: Nathan Fisher
University: Saint Michael's College
Stella Balbino
Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman
University: Hunter College
Crystal Mcfarlane
Mentor: Martin Ludwikowski
University: RIT
Peace Oji Anaya
Mentor: Norm Savoie
University: Pace University
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CLASS OF 2019

Juan Franco
Mentor: Jim Von Albade
University: Binghamton University
Victoria Gomez
Mentor: Teresa Weber
University: Northeastern University
Andre Meddar
Mentor: Stephen Ball
University: Columbia University
Dontae Richards
Mentor: Janice & Danny Lanzetta
University: University of Connecticut
Alondra Vera
Mentor: Darcy Miller
University: New York University
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CLASS OF 2020

Shanoy Bowen
Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman
University: Northeastern University
Bryan Bueno
Mentor: Norm Savoie
University: Syracuse University
Morgan Foster
Mentor: Norm Savoie
University: Howard University
Fiona Jabar
Mentor: Lew Koflowitz
University: University at Buffalo
Cierra Jones
Mentor: Nathan Fisher
University: Howard University
Sandra Lemus
Mentor: Christine Bensche
University: University at Buffalo
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CLASS OF 2021

John Alex
Mentor: Mark Gardner
Milouse Brice
Mentor: Darcy Miller
Alexandra Courtney
Mentor: Teresa Weber
Maame Forson
Mentor: Mark Hirsh
Brandon Jaikaran
Mentor: Janice & Danny Lanzetta
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Mentor: Christine Bensche University: University at Buffalo