Nelisse Niyongabo is one of our motivated and talented CAA students.We are proud to announce her as the third prize winner of our senior survey scholarship contest. She will receive $1,000 as one of the winners. Nelisse plans to attend the Regis University in the fall and major in nursing. She chose this school because of the friendly atmosphere and because it matched her career aspirations. Her education at Regis University will help her continue to make a difference in the lives of others.
As the oldest child in her family, she has been able to see how proud her parents are of her accomplishments. Graduating itself was a very proud moment in the life of her family. Now she is headed off to college and she can see her hard work begin to pay off.
Nelisse’s interest in the nursing field goes back a longtime. Her most formative experience was during her junior year. She was able to do an internship at a Swedish Medical Center in Colorado. Nelisse’s opportunity included working with a nurse in radiation and oncology. This nurse let her see so many patients, meet so many people, and be part of the hands-on care. Looking back now she can see that it made such a difference.
Nelisse is a unique person who values her own growth. Part of that is shown through her involvement outside of her high school classroom. In high school she was involved in lots of clubs. After playing basketball early in high school she moved on to clubs like DECA, NHS, AP Ambassadors, and the Black Student Alliance. She had leadership roles her senior year in a couple of those and was part of a group that discussed racial issues with teachers as well as administrators.
She appreciates College Admissions Assistance for help with her SAT preparation. She highlighted that our initial Career Assessment was helpful as she sorted out options. Nelisse was happy to see that she was matched with medical careers through the Career Assessment. She would advise younger students to make sure they focus on their GPA and the standardized tests as they prepare for college.
CAA wants to congratulate Nelisse for all her efforts to get into college. We know that she will be a success since she has already put in a lot of effort so far. In college, she will learn a lot and continue to make her family proud. Way to go Nelisse!