PRESS RELEASE: BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT GARTH HARRIES HONOR SENIORS FOR EARNING PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

 
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BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT GARTH HARRIES HONOR SENIORS FOR EARNING PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS
 
Hillhouse High School’s Dazjia Green and Metropolitan Business Academy’s Kiet Ho receive the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship
 
The New Haven Board of Education will honor Hillhouse High School senior Dazjia Green, and Metropolitan Business Academy senior Kiet Ho at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 9th as two of the four selected applicants from Connecticut to receive the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential in any discipline they choose.
 
Dazjia Green is a New Haven resident and aspiring nurse headed to University of Connecticut (UCONN) in the fall. “Dazjia is not only an exceptional student, but she is thoughtful about the role that she plays in making a difference in the world. Her participation in her school and local community goes beyond the commitment that most students bring to the table. I have seen her advocate for what she believes in when others are uncomfortable speaking out. She is an exceptional leader and the investment that has been made in her education will be high impact for society as she continues to make her mark," said Hillhouse Principal, Zakiyya Baker. 
 
Upon receiving notice of the scholarship Dazjia felt like a tremendous weight was lifted off of her shoulders and long nights working on essays had substantially paid off. “I couldn’t even cry I was so happy,” said Dazjia.
 
“I have been consistently impressed and proud of scholars like Dazjia and Ho. They are bound for great things, and continue to be great role models for their classmates and the city.  I thank them for showing us how to rise,” said Superintendent Garth Harries.
 
Kiet Ho will be attending Husson University in Maine this fall studying Entertainment Production. He was at a loss for words learning of this honor after returning from a trip overseas.
 
‘Kiet Ho is an intelligent, kind hearted, multi-talented young man who puts his all into his school work and extracurricular activities.  Not only does he excel in academics, but he also shines as a Jazz and Orchestra Bassist.  At the Educational Center for the Arts, Kiet has studied music, dance and theatre. This is where he discovered his passion for the Recording Arts and Technical Theatre, both of which he intends to pursue in college. Kiet’s positive energy and enthusiasm for learning has a contagious quality that has a positive impact on the people around him.  I have no doubt that any educational community will be enriched by the unique attributes of Kiet Ho,” said Metropolitan Business Academy Principal, Judy Puglisi.  

Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science; leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.
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