SUNY Orange to host 30th annual Sojourner Truth awards

Middletown. Monroe-Woodbury students are among the 608 young people to be honored.

| 02 Mar 2020 | 06:41

SUNY Orange will celebrate the outstanding achievements of 608 students attending Orange County schools when the college hosts its 30th Sojourner Truth Awards Program on Friday, March 6, in the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Building on the Middletown campus.

The Sojourner Truth Awards Program honors students from grades 6 through 12 who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, sciences, and technology. The program aims to promote education in a positive manner and to motivate students to consider college as a viable and attainable goal.

Keynote speaker: Inaudy Esposito

The evening’s keynote speaker is Inaudy Esposito, executive director of the Orange County Human Rights Commission and an advocate for targeted and oppressed communities. Born in the Dominican Republic, Esposito immigrated to the United States as a child, and has lived in the Hudson Valley since 2003. Her expertise is in social justice, diversity and inclusion, and gender violence issues, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

She was an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at SUNY Orange for more than 10 years, and works tirelessly on eliminating oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia and gender inequality in her community. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Orange County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Esposito has been recognized as an Orange County Woman of Achievement, honored by the Orange County Democratic Women, earned a 2018 Orange County Rising Star award, and was named a New York State Latino Rising Star by the New York State Hispanic Coalition.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth, for whom the program is named, lived in the mid-Hudson Valley after escaping from slavery. She is hailed as one of the most distinguished and highly regarded women of the 19th Century. Born Isabella Bomefree (later spelled Baumfree) in about 1797 in Hurley, Isabella was sold four times before she and her daughter were given their freedom in 1828. She spoke low Dutch until she was about 10 years old and never learned to read or write.

In 1843 she changed her name to Sojourner Truth to reflect her chosen mission of traveling to show people their sins and telling them what is true. She is often cited as one of the most effective and powerful speech-makers of her time.

To learn more about this program, visit SUNY Orange’s Sojourner Truth website at or call the Office of Student Services at (845) 341-4000.

Sojourner Truth Award recipients
The following Monroe-Woodbury students are among the 608 students to receive Sojurner Truth Awards:
Jayden Augustin (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Sinai Bazan (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Janice Caguana (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Heidi Campbell (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), creative arts; Emely Carranza (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), citizenship; Josue Castillo (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Shayna Castor (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Shiman Chen (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Destiny Collado (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Bryce Coulanges (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), citizenship; Yessenia Cruz (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Camara Dodd (Monroe-Woodbury High School), perseverance/effort; Elizabeth Doles (Monroe-Woodbury High School), citizenship; Emily Doles (Monroe-Woodbury High School), citizenship; Leanne Fernandes (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Natali Gonzalez (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), sciences; Courtney Hamer (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Sebastian Hazel (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), mathematics; Dalena Laperuta (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), citizenship; Kristy Lopez (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), citizenship; Jorge Molina (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), English language arts; Deborah Munoz (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), perseverance/effort; Carlos Ortiz (Monroe-Woodbury High School), English language arts; Giovanni Paulino (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Rebecca Romero (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School), mathematics; Davis Rouchon (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics; Adriana Sanchez (Monroe-Woodbury High School), English language arts; and Analise Sanchez (Monroe-Woodbury High School), mathematics.