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--- Issued Septenber 12, 2010
AMAL ABUKAR, 20, 100 block of East 18th Street, is a sophomore at George Washington University where she is majoring in International Relations. She has a 2.93 GPA.  She graduated from Northwest  Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy with a 3.99 GPA and is a two-time Tullio Scholarship winner.   Her concentration is conflict and security.    Born a Somalian in Mogadishu, she immigrated to this country at a young age, with her parents, after living in refugee camps in Kenya.   Because of her experiences, she says she has learned that “If you crave something badly enough, you will have to get up and work hard for it because nothing will ever fall into your lap no matter how much you desire it.  Without passion there is no success.  Along with passion comes determination, preservation, and strength.” Randi Gray Kristensen, a professor of writing at GW,  wrote that Amal excelled at every research, writing, and presentation task, and that “Frankly, I wish more GW students showed her commitment to learning and willingness to engage with course material and classmates.”

SHEYLA AGOSTO, 19, 2100 block of Gladstone Court, graduated from East High School with a 3.6 GPA.  She will be attending Mercyhurst North East where she will major in occupational therapy. Sheyla, a native of Puerto Rico, is the first married winner of the Tullio Scholarship.  She is a mother of two.  “It has been hard, going to high school and being a wife and mother, and I know college will be harder still.  I will be working as a housekeeper at Saint Vincent Health Center when I am not with my children or in class.  Because my parents did not complete their education, I want to be a role model for my children and make them understand that no matter what happens in life, it is not impossible to make your dreams come true if you work hard.  College is not only for me, but for my children.  I want my children to have a good life and that means showing them that education is important.”

SVETLANA MOMOT, 18, 2000 block of  East 18th Street,  graduated from Central Tech High School with a GPA of 3.9.  She will attend Mercyhurst North East  to become a medical assistant. She will also work at the Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center as a dietary aide. ”When I was living in Ukraine, I was always in the hospital and the nurses there didn’t care about the patients and disrespected them,” she says.  “So I decided to be a nurse and do whatever I can to keep my patients happy and respect them.”  She says she very much enjoys working with the older patients at Sarah Reed, realizing that “Someday, we will all be old.”  After graduation from Mercyhurst, she wants to work at Sarah Reed as an RN and then  continue her education to become a school nurse.   “Svetlana is an excellent student who ranks third in her class,” wrote Anne Haas, RN, BSN, medical assistant instructor at Central Tech. As a student in the health careers academy, Svetlana studied medical assisting and did an externship in an ophthalmology office.
ANTOINETTE RILEY, 18, 1000 block of Raspberry Street, graduated from Strong Vincent High School with a GPA of 3.9. She will be a freshman at California University of Pennsylvania, where she will study to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.  College will offer her not only a chance to live a fulfilling life as a professional, she says, but it will also enable her to become a role model for her family and friends.      I” know a lot of friends and family who are afraid to go to college because they don’t think they can do it.  With me going to school, I can show them that if I can do it, they can also.   Through my college experience, I can encourage those who have not finished high school to go back and earn a degree.” Antoinette says that “With me making a stable income, thanks to my college education, I can help out my family.  My mother gave up so much so that my brothers and I could have a better life.  With a good career, I can take care of my mother so that she will no longer have to struggle.”

NTIBANGANYIMANA STEPHANO, 21, 2000 block of East 18th Street, graduated from Strong Vincent High School with a GPA of 3.34.  He will be a freshman at Penn State Behrend,  where he will major in biology.  Born in the Congo, central Africa,  he fled the country with his parents at age five and lived a good portion of his life in Tanzania.  He has spoken English for only two years, and is also fluent in three other languages, including  French .  He wants to become a surgeon because not only would that be a fulfilling career, but he would also “have the means to contribute to children who are most needy through financial donations and medical care.  We were obliged by the offices of the refugee camps to stay inside the camps, but what I hated most, as a little boy, was the lack of doctors and medications.  From that time on the love of science and math grew in me, and I worked very hard to overcome all my disadvantages, because there is nothing I want more than to become a doctor.”