Scholars and Young Scholars Graduate From 14-Month NJ SEEDS Programs
NEWARK, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 08/09/13 -- On Saturday, August 3,
107 students in New Jersey SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars
Programs completed their 14-month experiences with the organization
and celebrated their graduations.
New Jersey SEEDS is an educational nonprofit that transforms the
lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families.
The Scholars Program is a tuition-free academic program designed to
prepare eighth-grade students in New Jersey for placement in
academically rigorous selective schools with substantial financial
aid packages. The Young Scholars Program works with children in fifth
and sixth grades in Greater Newark. Students enrolled in the
tuition-free program engage in academic classes before being placed
in day or junior boarding schools with significant financial aid
directly from the independent schools.
"We're incredibly proud of our Scholars and Young Scholars in the
Class of 2013 for all they have accomplished during their time with
us," says Ronni Denes, President of New Jersey SEEDS. "In each
program, these wonderfully ambitious students spend approximately 400
hours with SEEDS in academic classes. That's in addition to the time
they spend in school, in extracurricular activities and completing
their SEEDS homework, which is substantial. These are exceptionally
dedicated young people who recognize the opportunities that await
them in the future if they continue to excel."
Nearly 600 family members and friends joined SEEDS graduates, staff,
faculty and board members for the 2013 Scholars and Young Scholars
Commencement Ceremony at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey.
Kenza Bouanane (Scholars '13, Brooks School '17) and Anika Buch
(Young Scholars '13, Morristown-Beard '20) represented their fellow
scholars as Commencement speakers.
In addition, the event's Commencement Address was given by SEEDS
alumna Chisa Hutchinson. A member of the organization's first
graduating class in 1994, Chisa was placed at Kent Place School by
SEEDS. Having never seen a play until her time at Kent Place, Chisa
went on to earn her B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an
M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In her
speech, Chisa encouraged the next generation of SEEDS scholars to
"say yes to everything" when it comes to new experiences and ideas at
their independent schools.
Congratulations to New Jersey SEEDS' graduates!
Young Scholars Class of
John Barahona Jordi DeBarros Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell
Maya Barnes Joss Eyondi Elizabeth Morel
Rania Benatia Elijah Green Taniyyah Payne
Lucas Bernui Jasmine Harris Emily Ramos
Amarie Betancourt Julia Hatchard Bernardo Stival
Anika Buch Meilan Holland
Scholars Class of 2013
Mariam Abdelhaq Alejandro Garcia Lauryn Onkendi
Alexandrea Agyekum Willietta Gombeh Michael Osei
Wajdi Ahemed Nicholas Gomez Makelsey Page
Sabrina Alves Silvana Gomez Roshini Panicker
Albana Baftiri Monica Hanna Satinder Parmar
Ruby Bello Anna Hasson Riya Patel
Aniyah Borges Mekhi Holley Cyan Perdue
Kenza Bouanane De'Jah Jennings Leonardo Pereira
Brandon Bustamante Destiny Johnson Ancelmo Polanco
Charles Cadena Jereme Johnson Rafal Promowicz
Carnela Cady Nirav Kinkhabwala Luan Quispe
Noelia Calcano Silvestre Karandeep Komal Ashfaquar Rahman
Kenan Can Roselyn Korngor Israel Ramirez
Eldad Cano Malik Kosanovich Akshay Rana
Richard Chen Enmanuel Lamadrid Jamir Reddick
Gabriella Clarizio Amadi Lasenberry Zishan Sajid
Shadimere Coles Lazarena Lazarova Victoria Seymour
Melissa Cortes Kyairaa LeRose-Almeida Johanna Sosa
Kaja Darien Grace Lopez Chantal Stephenson
Shubha Debnath Nathali Madrid Jakub Sudol
Ymer Dinoshi Ashley Maldonado Bianca Swidler
Abraham Eafa Sabrina Marques Abdul-Nafea Syed
Kyara Echeverry Kinaya McEady Viviana Torres
Ransly Familia Kerry McGrath Giovanni Vargas, Jr.
Christopher Figueroa MaSonia McPherson Ebonie Walker
Matthew Figueroa Michelle Mendez-Castro Roanne Yehia
Daphne Flores Nicole Mora Amera Youssef
Mateo Flores Natalia Mora Stanley Zheng
Armoni Foster Patrick Mosquera Nada Zohayr
Margarita Fuentes Millenah Nascimento Alejandro Zuleta
At the ceremony, several students were honored for academic and
-- Jordi DeBarros was named the Edward and Barbara Becker Scholar for his
outstanding academic achievement and exemplary work while in the Young
-- Emily Ramos was named the Cavalier Scholar. The Cavalier Scholarship
helps to underwrite tuition at a private school for a deserving student.
The scholarship is generously awarded by the F&P DeRosa Memorial Fund.
-- Bianca Swidler was named the Blair MacInnes Scholar for her outstanding
academic achievement and dedication to education while enrolled in the
New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
-- Abdul-Nafea Syed was named the Dwight L. Wilson Scholar for his sense of
personal ethics, honesty, integrity, love of education and willingness
to work hard while enrolled in the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
-- Amera Youssef was presented with the Dean's Award for her overall
achievement, strong leadership, citizenship, exceptional academic
qualities and great personality while enrolled in the Scholars Program.
-- Nada Zohayr was named the Amy Ziebarth Scholar for her passion for
social justice and strong commitment to SEEDS while enrolled in the
New Jersey SEEDS would also like to thank the following partner
schools for offering admission and substantial financial aid packages
to SEEDS' scholars this year.
All Saints Episcopal Day School Morristown-Beard School
Bergen County Academies Newark Academy
Berkshire School Northfield Mount Hermon School
Blair Academy Oratory Preparatory School
Brooks School Passaic County Technical Institute
Buxton School Peck School
Cambridge School of Weston Peddie School
Cate School Pennington School
CFS, The School at Church Farm Perkiomen School
Chatham Day School Phillips Academy Andover
Choate Rosemary Hall Phillips Exeter Academy
Concord Academy The Pingry School
Dana Hall School Poly Prep Country Day School
Deerfield Academy Pomfret School
Delbarton School Princeton Day School
Dublin School Putney School
Dwight-Englewood School Saddle River Day School
Episcopal High School Salem Academy
Far Brook School Science Park High School
Fessenden School Seton Hall Preparatory School
Foxcroft School St. Andrew's School
Friends Seminary St. George's School
Fryeburg Academy St. Margaret's School
George School St. Mark's School
Gill St. Bernard's School St. Paul's School
Governor's Academy St. Peter's Preparatory School
Hackley School St. Timothy's School
Health Sciences Technology High School Stoneleigh-Burnham School
The Hill School Stony Brook School
Hudson School Storm King School
Kent Place School Tabor Academy
Kiski School Taft School
Lawrenceville School Union City High School - Academy for
Enrichment and Advancement
Masters School Union County Vocational - Technical
Mercersburg Academy Wardlaw-Hartridge School
Middlesex County Academy for Sciences West Nottingham Academy
Miss Porter's School Western Reserve Academy
Montclair Cooperative School Westminster School
Montclair Kimberley Academy White Mountain School
Moorestown Friends School Xavier High School
Morris County School of Technology
About New Jersey SEEDS
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, New Jersey SEEDS has
provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students
and created a viable path for them to achieve their full potential.
SEEDS strives for a world in which young people's initiative,
creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic
status. To date, nearly 1,800 scholars have benefited from its
programs. For more information, visit www.njseeds.org.
New Jersey SEEDS is grateful to the many individuals who provide
major support for Scholars and Young Scholars Programs. In addition,
we thank the following corporations and foundations for their
support: Alfred J. Speak Scholarship Fund; Bank of America Charitable
Foundation; Barclays; Capital Group Companies; Charles E. and Edna T.
Brundage Foundation; Clara Louella Day Jeffery Charitable Residuary
Trust; The Coach Foundation; Colgate-Palmolive Company; Curtis McGraw
Foundation; D'Olier Foundation; David Mathey Foundation; Esther A. &
Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.; F.M. Kirby Foundation; Fred C. Rummel
Foundation; Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation; Henry S. and Agnes M.
Truzack Foundation; Hess Corporation; Hillsdale Fund; Hyde and Watson
Foundation; J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trust; Jockey Hollow
Foundation; John S. Scurci Foundation; Lillian P. Schenck Fund; Lucy
and Eleanor S. Upton Charitable Foundation; NASDAQ OMX Group
Educational Foundation; Norman and Bettina Roberts Foundation; Page
and Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation; Page Hill Foundation; Piper Sutton
Foundation; PNC Foundation; Rivendell Foundation; Union Foundation;
Victoria Foundation; and William E. Simon Foundation.
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