CJH, GHS students honored as Sojourner Truth Award winners

Forty-five Goshen High School and C. J. Hooker Middle School students are among 735 students recently honored by SUNY Orange with 2023 Sojourner Truth Awards.

SUNY Orange’s Sojourner Truth Awards Program honors students who have been nominated by school guidance counselors and principals for demonstrating excellence in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, sciences and technology.

The honorees are:

Goshen High School

  • Angel Antunez Juana, Perseverance/Effort
  • Fernando Hidalgo, Creative Arts
  • Abigail Karpeh, Perseverance/Effort
  • Kaydian Kerr, Technology
  • Oakkar Kyaw, Perseverance/Effort
  • Maria Malaver Gonzalez, Citizenship
  • Destiny Pierre, Perseverance/Effort
  • Jonathan Tetzlaff, Athletics

C.J. Hooker Middle School

  • Zaira Augustin, Diversity
  • Scarlett Brito, Citizenship
  • Aniyah Brown, Perseverance/Effort
  • Tehran Carter, Mathematics
  • Matthew Castillo Valencia, Mathematics
  • Giselle Charles, Creative Arts
  • Jaiden Charles, Sciences
  • Za’Nya Collins, Citizenship
  • Jeremy Cruz Daza, Foreign Languages
  • Sofia DiLapi, Perseverance/Effort
  • Charles Dones, Perseverance/Effort
  • Emma Fernandez, Perseverance/Effort
  • Anuoluwapo (Anu) Folami, Perseverance/Effort
  • Sahar Harchaoui, Perseverance/Effort
  • Madison (Greyson) Hunter, Citizenship
  • Diego Luna Bazen, Citizenship
  • Joanna Luna Mendez, Sciences
  • Josue Marcelin, Jr., Sciences
  • Nicolas Martin, Perseverance/Effort
  • Derek Martinez, Perseverance/Effort
  • Rodrigo Martinez Contreras, Perseverance/Effort
  • Yuliana Mena, Perseverance/Effort
  • Gabriel Miller, Citizenship
  • Brooke Monroe, Perseverance/Effor
  • Josue Nurse, Perseverance/Effort
  • Maiya Nurse, Perseverance/Effort
  • Aja Patel, Sciences
  • Nishi Patel, Mathematics
  • Massimo Rivera, Perseverance/Effort
  • Leilani Romulo, English Language Arts
  • Rhyley Ruffy, Perseverance/Effort
  • Leah Santiago, Perseverance/Effort
  • Hailey Solano, Perseverance/Effort
  • Isabella Thaxton, Sciences
  • Hayden West, Sciences
  • Isabella Williams, Mathematics
  • Isaiah Williams, Perseverance/Effort.

About Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist of New York Dutch heritage and a women’s rights activist. She lived in the mid-Hudson Valley after escaping from slavery and is is considered among the most distinguished and highly regarded women of the 19th Century.

Born Isabella Bomefree (later spelled Baumfree) in 1797 in Ulster County, N.Y., she was sold four times before she and her daughter were given their freedom in 1828, never learning to read or write.

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