Several Goshen High School students recently participated in the Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute, sponsored by The New York State Assembly-Senate Puerto-Rican/ HispanicTask Force and SOMOS, Inc.
Seniors Angelina Aruz, Christine Karen, Vanessa Keeley, Nathali Palma, Hannah Peña, and juniors Caitlyn Alicea, Jocelyn Alvarez, Denisse Romero and Angelique Santiago participated in five training sessions run by the Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network at Vassar College. During the trainings, the students learned about leadership and the legislative process in New York State, engaged in independent research and practiced debating bills relevant to the Hispanic/Latinx community that were recently acted upon in the NYS Assembly.
Upon completion of the training, seniors Angelina Aruz, Vanessa Keeley, Nathali Palma, and Hannah Peña were selected as Hudson Valley Region student-delegates representing 99th District Assemblyman Colin Schmitt. They attended a mock session of the New York State Assembly March 9-11 in Albany along with more than 200 other student-delegates across New York State. They also participated in themed team-building workshops at SUNY Albany and attended a student recognition dinner where more than $40,000 in scholarships were awarded, including to senior Hannah Peña.
Scholarships were awarded based on students’ grade point averages, letters of recommendation and written essay.
Katharine González, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teacher, coordinated the high school’s participation in this event for a second year. “I am honored to be able to bring this wonderfully empowering experience to our district’s Hispanic/Latinx community.”