Wayland-Cohocton is pleased to announce that High School Senior Melesa Braziel was one of 18 young people recognized across Steuben County.
Melesa plans to attend Genesee Community College and study to become a special education teacher.
“I was shocked at first,” said Melesa, “but then it felt great to have won the award. My greatest accomplishment has been that I made it to my senior year and I’m graduating, because I never thought I would be. I want to thank everyone that has pushed me to do my best and to be my best.”
“Melesa is a remarkable young woman who once thought she'd never graduate from high school, let alone attend college,” said her teacher Judy Bligh. “In the three years I've known her, Melesa has grown in confidence and worked very hard, proving to herself what we knew all along - that she's bright and talented. In addition, Melesa has become a leader and role model...a person who can be counted on, a compassionate friend, and a good listener. We are so proud of all that Melesa has accomplished at WCCS and wish her well as she embarks on her college experience.”
The award was established in 1991 in memory of Jack Lisi, former Steuben County Sheriff. Its mission is to continue the legacy of caring and assisting young adults in their future success. The annual Jack Lisi Award recognition-incentive is presented to young people aged 16-21, living in Steuben County or attending an affiliated school district.
“Melesa is one of those kids that we love to have come in the office,” said High School Principal Josie Steiner. “She is funny and kind and enjoyable to be around. We have seen her growth over time, and it’s been such a beautiful thing! We know she will do great things because she has become so motivated to do well. We are excited to see all that she will do after high school!”
Melesa has some great advice for her younger peers: “Don’t let the past define your future; because no matter what, you can do whatever you put your mind to.”
The 29th annual banquet, originally scheduled for May 1, was unfortunately cancelled do to COVID-19 precautions. The 18 youth recognized were still awarded scholarships that could be used toward additional education, financial assistance at college,college books or other educational materials, and work-related materials.