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Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

Recognizing New Haven's Brightest

Last week, I was honored to recognize one of our city's brightest students, Maya Geradi, a Yale-bound New Havener who is taking science to a new level.

Representative Robyn Porter and I visited Wilbur Cross High School to present an official state citation from the New Haven legislative delegation to Maya, who is graduating this month as valedictorian of her class. Her resume includes numerous scientific accomplishments, including receiving the H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence and for placing in the Connecticut Junior Science & Humans Symposium.

Senator Winfield.

It's important that as leaders in our community, we are highlighting the great things happening in our city schools. Maya is a great example of just how high our students can soar.

Maya, who was born and raised in New Haven, has received no less than an A in a science class since 2010 and has received an award or been a national finalist in a science fair 19 times. She began to expedite her science courses by doubling up as a freshman and completed six AP courses and two college courses last year and three independent studies and two college courses this year. Her latest project is programming a robotic arm that would shoot a projectile into a basket.

She will be studying environmental engineering and economics at Yale.

Thanks to Maya's teachers and guidance counselors at Wilbur Cross, she was able to meet and surpass her scientific goals. I want to thank Maya's parents Usha and Sudarsan Geradi, who have been there to motivate her and support her every step of the way. It takes a village to raise, inspire, and mold the young minds who will make our world a better place.

Congratulations to Maya and the rest of the graduating seniors in New Haven and West Haven!

Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Members in New Haven

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven is currently recruiting for two full-time, one-year term AmeriCorps VISTA Members. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

There are two positions available; Community Sustainability VISTA Member and Community Engagement VISTA Member. Each position comes with a living stipend, education award, and professional development training, among other benefits. Candidates must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or GED.

Download the applications online.

New Haven housing.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 20, 2018! See attached job descriptions for each open position and direct apply to Adam Rawlings: or 203-562-0598 ext. 215.

What is VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions. The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.