Yovany Cruz

Yovany Cruz

Yovany Cruz, Naugatuck Valley Community College’s (NVCC)  2014 valedictorian, didn’t take the traditional road to college. She got married eight years ago to her best friend Emmanuel Cruz and had a son Isaiah.

She has been recognized for her leadership at the St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter and soup kitchen and in the Student Government Association as the Hispanic Student Union leader.

However, there was something she felt was missing. Cruz has a passion for learning and, through her volunteer work at the St. Vincent DePaul homeless shelter, realized that furthering her education was a goal that needed to be explored

She reached that goal and beyond. Cruz graduated with an associate degree in human services and an unblemished 4.0 grade point average, with the distinction of being a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is a member of the President's Circle, “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” and the Honors Institute where she led a service learning project to raise autism awareness. She has been accepted to the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford where she will earn a bachelor’s degree in human services.

Her work outside of the classroom has been equally impressive. Cruz has engaged in numerous community service and campus leadership activities and initiatives. She has been recognized for her leadership at the St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter and soup kitchen and in the Student Government Association as the Hispanic Student Union leader.

She also works at the GEAR UP program as a student assistant, with up to 70 children at the Wallace Middle School teaching them personal growth skills and how to become academically successful.

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