RFA Seniors Celebrate Achievements

RFA Seniors Celebrate Achievements
Posted on 06/01/2018
Hillside student Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Celebrates First Group of Graduating Seniors from RFA 

On May 22nd 48 soon-to-graduate seniors from Rome Free Academy were celebrated for their dedication and achievements, with support from Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC). The students were cheered on by family, friends, HW-SC and school staff and members of the community as they walked across the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Rome.  

Since 2015, HW-SC has provided supportive services to Rome students who were recognized as being at risk of not graduating from high school. The program empowers youth to succeed through focused collaborations between each student and their HW-SC Youth Advocate, as well as with teachers, school support staff, families and local business who serve as employment partners. Since HW-SC was founded in 1987, its model has helped nearly 6,000 youth achieve their dreams of high school graduation, college, and long-term careers.

A nearby example of HW-SC’s successful track record is in Syracuse, NY, where the program has partnered with city schools for more than a decade. In 2017, 99.5 percent of Syracuse seniors who remained in the program throughout high school graduate on time. 

RFA Seniors in the HW-SC program will be attending MVCC; Cazenovia College; Oswego State; Army; Utica College, Potsdam; Onondaga Community College; SUNY Cortland; Herkimer; Keuka; Navy, Marines and Florida State Community College.

“We have always understood that HW-SC positively affects students, their families, and the overall community,” said Wayne O’Connor, Executive Director, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. “The students honored tonight are really something special. They will soon experience all the benefits of the high school diplomas they have earned: increased job opportunities, higher lifetime earnings and longer, happier lives.”

On hand for the celebration were: Youth advocates Brandon Sullivan and Serena Becker; Wayne O'Connor, Executive Director; Alicia Dicks, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties who delivered the keynote address; The Mayor of Rome, Jacqueline M. Izzo congratulated students for their accomplishments; and Phoebe Weigand, Team Supervisor introduced the graduates. 

RFA Singers
The National Anthem was sung by Mezzo Imperfecto: Seth Washburn, Armando Ciotti, Xander Pardee, and Jarad McCullough. 

Hillside grad

Hillside seniors:

Hannah Aldrich, Darren Arbes, Theodore Behlin, Deondre Boyer, Zackary Cadrette, Andre Campbell, Jaclyn Carman, Matthew Cole, Tyler Cornell, Jillian DeBlasiis, Eryn Decker, Kenneth Edinger, Collin Facey, Gia Faraino, Gisele Faraino, Naiomi Feliciano, Taylor Fulgieri, Kylee Genovese, Megan Grinnell, Joel Gualandi, Abigail Haggerty, Joshua Hedrington, Alena Koenig, Samuel Kuryla. Hunter Moon, Cynthia Moriarty, Jetsy Castillo, Tatyanna Morris, Kira Myers, Moises Neto, Lindsey O'Dell, Xander Pardee, Kalixia Pimentel, Ethan Powell, Korey Pratt, Steven Reynolds, Ethan Russell, Bianca Squadrito, Amber Shue, Kaprice Slaughter, Kristiana Stockton, Trinity Tharrett, Luca Toro, Isaiah Turner, Kailyn Ward, Richard Wishart, Felicity Wright and Malachi Wright.

Hillside class of 2018

Hillside grad
student recognized by Hillside

Hillside student speaker

Alicia Dicks Community Foundation

Hillside grads

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