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SHS Student Awarded Scholarship from Leadership Institute

lazara morales-cespedes


Lazara Morales-Cespedes is a Solvay High School senior who came to the area from Cuba, and has been living in the United States for about two years. Since her arrival, Lazara has been chosen to participate in the Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI) in both her junior and senior years.

Students who participate in the institute are required to attend six sessions of leadership training during the day. Then, some are chosen to attend a three day conference in Albany, where they meet with legislative representatives and participate in more leadership events. This year, Lazara was chosen to attend the conference, where she was awarded the Angelo Del Toro Scholarship! This scholarship will provide her with $1,200 to attend a college of her choice.

“Going to Albany with my delegation for two years in a row is one of the best experiences in my life,” said Lazara. “I was able to go to the Justice building and meet many important figures in our government.”

Lazara keenly recognized the value of these events, and the unique opportunities they’ve provided:

“I am very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I gathered from the program. Being part of PRHYLI, and specifically part of the Syracuse delegation, changed my life and perspective completely. I realized I can be an agent of change in society, and that every little action matters.”

We congratulate Lazara on this tremendous achievement, and for her significant contributions to this year's leadership institute!




Solvay Union Free School District
Jay Tinklepaugh, Superintendent
PO Box 980
299 Bury Drive
Syracuse, New York 13209
Phone: (315) 468-1111
Fax: (315) 468-2755

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