Joselyn López Bonilla
15 years ago, a little girl named Jocelyn arrived at Ms. Caba’s classroom and the Head Start program run by the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation. At the time, no one knew this child would turn into a star, but she did. Over the years Joselyn’s teachers recognized both her intelligence and her dedication. After finishing elementary school she attended the High School for Public Services Heroes for Tomorrow, graduating this year as Valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society.
In addition to her academic achievements, while attending high school, Jocelyn worked as a tutor in the Groundwork for Success Program, interned at the Museum of Art and Design, and when she had some time left over she would volunteer in our agency. The summer after graduation, she worked at radio station WQXR, the classical music station. If this were all she would be considered a success, but this is just the beginning. Joselyn’s dreams are much more ambitious. She took the time and effort to apply to a number of first tier colleges, conscious that she was not only requesting admission but also a full scholarship, including room and board. Due to her incredible tenacity, she attained her goal and was granted a full four year scholarship worth over $300,000 to attend Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution where starting this fall she’ll be studying biomedical engineering.
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation celebrates Joselyn’s achievements that have made her a star in the community. We also recognize that in order for this star to reach her objectives, she has depended on the inspiration, support and encouragement of her dear mother, Veronica. Her mom is truly the wind beneath her wings.