JMA Senior Earns Prestigious Scholarship

JMA Senior Earns Prestigious Scholarship

 
March/April- Woodlyn Joachim, a senior at the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School, was recently awarded the prestigious Lewis Fox Scholarship.
 
The Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Foundation was established in 1963 by Lewis Fox, a Hartford Public High School graduate and local attorney. To date, almost 1,000 students have received financial aid from the foundation. Lewis Fox died in 1976 but his devotion to the advancement of Harford youth continues to live on.
 
“I feel that it is a blessing,” Joachim said.  “This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams and help me in college.”
 
Joachim came to the United State from Haiti in 2010 speaking only French and Creole.  Through the work of staff at JMA, including reading teachers and ELL staff, Joachim has earned her way to become one of the top students in the school – she is ranked second in her class with a GPA of 3.86.
 
So far Joachim has been accepted to the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford and Fairfield University, among some others.
 
JMA teacher Diane Hazel described Joachim as a well-spoken young woman who has been active in many organizations. She said Woodlyn was often the first to learn of and take advantage of any opportunities for growth or public service and would then recruit her classmates to participate well.
 
“Woodlyn's fluency in English is amazing. Already she has excelled at college, earning nearly enough credits in English, math, and other subjects to be a college sophomore,” Hazel said.  “Her record in service has been recognized. She is the Hartford Boys and Girls Club Outstanding Youth of the Year-now on a quest to compete at the state and national level.”
 
JMA College and Career Specialist Jordan Raineault said he was “very happy to hear” that Joachim earned the Fox scholarship.
 
“She has faced a lot of adversity and she has not let any of that stop her,” Raineault said.  “With everything she has done and accomplished and been through she deserves it.”

Over the past four years Woodlyn has searched her soul to determine where her passions lie-academics, learning, remain at the top.

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