Class of 2017

milenis cevallo

Milenis

Intended major:
Nursing

Hometown/high school:
Charlestown, Massachusetts/Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

Milenis Cevallo was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and has been living in South Boston for the past two years.  She was the valedictorian of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School where her classes included clinical rotations at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston VA Hospital, and Goddard House long-term care facility. Milenis was involved in a variety of activities throughout high school. She was a youth tutor, secretary of the LGBT club, volunteered at hospitals, served as an assistant school nurse, participated in Junior R.O.T.C., and was a National Honor Society member.   Her Guidance Counselor says, “Milenis is the type of student that instills motivation in her peers. Her outgoing and warm personality makes it easy to look up to her and to want to be like her. She is the epitome of a model student and definitely leads by example in our challenging school.” Milenis has interned in the Oncology Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital and aspires to become a Registered Nurse specializing in trauma or critical care. She plans to major in nursing at Northeastern. She feels strongly that, “Nursing would allow me to ease other people’s pain and to give them a sense of security and comfort – something that I lacked growing up. I want to express benevolence and affection to people who are less fortunate and deserve it.”

sangjukta sen roy

Sangjukta

Intended major: 
Behavioral Neuroscience

Hometown/high school:
Queens, New York/Newcomers High School

Sangjukta Sen Roy, originally from Bangladesh, lived in New York for the past three and a half years.  She graduated as Salutatorian of Newcomers High School in Queens and was in the National Honor Society.  In high school, Sangjukta was involved in student government, art, and dance, and completed nearly 500 hours of community service in organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her nominator said, “In three years, Sangjukta went from being the new shy girl to being one of the most outgoing and extroverted ‘little sisters’ [in the Big Sisters workplace mentoring program].” Her MetLife Mentor says, “open mindedness is also a very strong part of Sangjukta’s character. She’s amazed by the tolerance of people in United States. Bengali culture tends to be more traditional and does not easily tolerate moving away from the norm. Sangjukta on the other hand wants to promote gender equality and human rights. Living in the United States has opened her eyes to a completely different world.” Sangjukta plans to study behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern and hopes to become a doctor serving poor people

ajah perkins

Ajah

Intended major:
Nursing

Hometown/high school:
Dorchester, Massachusetts/Madison Park High School

Ajah Perkins from Dorchester, Massachusetts, graduated from Madison Park High School as a National Honor Society student. She was a leader on the field as the captain of her volleyball and softball teams, while also part of the basketball team. Ajah also worked for two years as an administrative assistant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Gastrointestinal and Breast Oncology. She aspires to one day open her own public clinic to treat people in her community. Her English teacher says, “I have rarely encountered a person, much less a teenager, with Ajah’s focus and ebullience. Ajah is consistently courteous and considerate while maintaining a direct, forthcoming manner and a confidence that commands the classroom.” She plans to major in nursing and would like to become a nurse practitioner. Her nominator says, “She adapts quickly to new circumstances and strives to make the best of them.” Ajah is exploring the different opportunities and resources at Northeastern University to help her reach her goals.  

ivana arellano

Ivana

Intended major:
Psychology

Hometown/high school:
Mission, Texas/South Texas High School

Ivana Arellano comes from Mission, Texas, near San Antonio. She attended South Texas High School, a rigorous magnet school for the health professions. Ivana served as a volunteer during summers at a camp for children with special needs. She plans to major in psychology and hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatrician. Ivana’s personality lends itself to her ultimate goal which is to start a health clinic to serve children with disabilities. Former Professor says, “Ivana is professional yet spunky. She enjoys learning new things and always has a smile on her face. While learning new ideas, she understands that in some areas the possibilities are endless, and therefore chooses to keep an open mind in her work, life and education.” Her nominator expressed, “Unlike most students her age, Ms. Arellano chose to spend her summer in my laboratory learning how to conduct new concepts in research and has shown extreme passion, eagerness, and self-confidence.”

ricardo ortiz

Ricardo

Intended major:
International Business with a minor in Spanish

Hometown/high school:
Wilmington, California/Harbor Teacher Prepatory Academy

Ricardo Ortiz, from Wilmington, California, lived in a challenging neighborhood. His parents are his biggest influences. Despite their struggles they gave him important values such as persistence, dedication, and optimism, which he feels have been important in his becoming a Torch scholar. One of Ricardo’s life goals is to work in underdeveloped countries to help people live a better life through social and structural changes in their communities. His nominator says he is a team player, “He works well in cooperative group experiences, and will very respectfully stand up for his own opinions. He enjoys actively participating in class discussions and is willing to support his arguments.” Ricardo was a member of the Future Teacher’s Club at his high school and has deeply valued his education as a great opportunity. He says, “I embrace it and I intend on using it for the betterment of everyone around me.” With Ricardo’s self-motivation, drive, and humanitarian interests, he plans to major in international business at Northeastern.

desmond gray

Desmond

Intended major:
Business

Hometown/high school:
Greensboro, North Carolina/Asheville School

Desmond Gray comes from Greensboro, North Carolina and attended Asheville School in Asheville, NC. Desmond is known for his positivity and reliability. He played and led on the basketball court, soccer and football fields throughout high school, along with being a responsible school proctor and prefect. A former teacher says, “Desmond’s positive attitude is exceptional. He has a demeanor that exudes an eager readiness to face challenges and make a positive difference in the world around him. That positive attitude goes hand-in-hand with his reliability and responsibility.” He has always loved electronics and plans to major in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He hopes to continue his education by getting a Master’s degree in Engineering Marketing with an aspiration to eventually head an electronics company in Europe

alex rodriguez

Alec

Intended major:
International Relations

Hometown/high school:
New Bedford, Massachusetts/Boston College High School

Alec Rodriguez, from New Bedford, Massachusetts, attended Boston College High School in Dorchester. Alec has been influenced by the founder of his middle school who taught him that anything is possible through dedication and perseverance. Overall, through his educational experiences and achievements, he wants to change lives for the better. His high school teacher says, “Standing out is no easy task, yet Alec is clearly a unique individual with strong intellect and leadership.” Alec exhibits the traits of a natural leader among peers. His nominator says, “Alec has a unique way of inspiring his fellow students. He is full of enthusiasm and hope. He fully understands what it means to struggle and knows how to garner the support of his peers and teachers. However he also knows how to reach out and help his fellow student.” Alec plans on majoring in international relations with a focus in social entrepreneurship, and a minor in Spanish or philosophy at Northeastern.

bolanle akinsullire

Bolanle

Intended major:
Criminal Justice

Hometown/high school:
Providence, Rhode Island/Squared Academy

Bolanle Akinsulire was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island.  She attended Times Squared Academy and has been involved in community programs such as City Year, Young Heroes, and Youth Residents Activities Program (YouthRAP). Bolanle also participated in the Bridges to Success program at Roger Williams University and Brown Science Prep at Brown University.  She has two goals at this time: to become a pediatrician helping to ensure good health to young children, and to lead a non-profit organization for young teenagers to promote self-confidence. Her nominator says, “Bolanle is naturally a person who is responsible and community oriented. She has always participated in various after school, church and local community organizations. She even has a dream of creating her own non-profit organization for young teen girls.” In her own words, Bolanle has the desire “to help other teens who may not have that ‘push,’ to have a safe haven where they can grow to be the best person possible.” She is leaning towards majoring in criminal justice at Northeastern University.

greykia harris

Greykia

Intended major:
Human Services

Hometown/high school:
Boston, Massachusetts/Dorchester Academy

Greykia Harris, from Boston, graduated from Dorchester Academy where she participated in extracurricular activities including debate, chorus and track.  As a track athlete, she developed relationships with coaches and peers which influenced her to help others by giving back to her community.  Greykia volunteered at the Boston Homes, a residential home for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Her nominator remarks that Greykia is “an excellent team player, she displays initiative and motivation in seeing a project from beginning to end.” Being a people person, Greykia has a wonderful ability to work with others. A former teacher says, “In school, Greykia assists underclassmen with math and writing. Her ability to help others is remarkable.” With her personable character, it is no wonder Greykia plans to major in Human Services at Northeastern.