Goshen High School students honored with Sojourner Truth Awards

Sojourner Truth Award winners smile at the camera while holding their certificates.
The 2017 Sojourner Truth Award winners from Goshen High School. Missing from the photo are Brianna Penrod, Javier Vidals and Yesica Vidals.

Fifteen Goshen High School students were honored at the 27th Sojourner Truth Awards Program at SUNY Orange.

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program hails students from grades 6-12 who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, and sciences and technology. The program aims to promote education in a positive manner and motivate students who are from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the college population to consider college as a viable and attainable goal.

The following students were honored as Sojourner Truth Award winners:

  • La’Shaun Armstrong, perseverance/effort
  • Siddhi Balamurali, foreign languages
  • Malasia Fields, citizenship
  • Korey Hawkins, athletics
  • Kayana Irby, creative arts
  • Mendel Jeanty, citizenship
  • Dream Kemp, sciences
  • Brandon Morales, creative arts
  • Tiffany Pabon, perseverance/effort
  • Brianna Penrod, perseverance/effort
  • Omar Tapia, English language arts
  • Ivan Torres, athletics
  • Melanie Vazquez, mathematics
  • Javier Vidals, perseverance/effort
  • Yesica Vidals, perseverance/effort

About Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth lived in the mid-Hudson Valley after escaping from slavery. She is hailed as one of the most distinguished and highly regarded women of the 19th century. Born Isabella Bomefree (later spelled Baumfree) about 1797 in Hurley, N.Y., Isabella was sold four times, until she and her daughter were given their freedom in 1828. Isabella spoke low Dutch until she was about 10 years old and never learned to read or write.

In 1843 she changed her name to Sojourner Truth to better reflect her chosen missions of traveling to show people their sins and telling them what is true. Sojourner Truth is often referred to as one of the most effective and powerful speech-makers of her time.