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Hostos Student Krisely Franceschini Receives Leadership Distinction During the 2011National Puerto Rican Day Parade Educational Leadership Project Awards Banquet

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 (Bronx, NY)- Hostos’ student Krisely Franceschini received a Leadership Distinction at the 2011 Educational Leadership Project Awards Banquet held this past Thursday, May 19, at the Villa Barone Manor. The Educational / Leadership Project of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade works to prepare our Puerto Rican Youth to assume leadership roles. The scholarship of $1,000 was sponsored by the Filomeno Family Foundation. Mr. Carlos Velázquez, Class of 1974, was instrumental in securing the scholarship for Krisely.

Rafael Domínguez, NPRDP, Director of External Affairs gave the opening remarks at the 2011 Educational Leadership Project Awards Banquet followed by an invocation from Reverend Jonathan Roque. Dr. Aida Rosa, Director of the Education/Leadership Project addressed the audience by affirming the importance of the yearly ceremony.

Madelyn Lugo, Chairperson of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade indicated that, “through our involvement in the parade and many events held during the year, we help many young Puerto Ricans realize their educational dreams.”

“I’m incredibly honored that the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Educational Leadership Project has awarded me this Leadership Distinction. I am grateful to the Filomeno Family Foundation for their support. Their belief in me and inspirational motivation especially touched me. I am proud to be Puerto Rican and I will work hard to mature my leadership in the years to come,” expressed Krisely Franceschini.

About Krisely Franceschini

Krisely was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  From an early age her mother inspired her to dream. She grew up doing arts and crafts and by the age of twelve she was making costumes, purses, bags, handmade cards, necklaces and bracelets that she sold to buy new materials in order to keep creating. “Art has always been part of who I am. Many things move and inspire me, like nature, an image, a conversation, a poem, and a song and of course love.” Krisely grew up in a single parent home and learned early on to work as a team.  Her uncle, a carpenter, taught Krisely, her siblings and her mother a great deal about carpentry, home improvements, decoration, painting, gardening and landscaping.  Her older brother became an engineer.  Her twin brother, known as “the handyman”, is currently in college completing an engineering degree.

In order to build her portfolio, she enrolled at Hostos Community College’s Digital Art and Animation program to develop her skills and earn an associate degree in graphic design. Krisely is confident she will further her education at a four-year university and earn her degree in architectural design.  She dreams of having her own company were she can provide consultancy, development, planning and design with a focus on green architecture and green technology.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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