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    (9/21/2007) NEW HAVEN- Jacqueline D. West of Metropolitan Business High School and Giovanni Preciado of Columbus Family Academy will be honored Monday, September 24, at 11 a.m. by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. as the City’s first Carson Scholars.

    The Carson Scholars Fund was founded by renowned brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy as a way to rewards students in grades 4-11 who demonstrate academic promise (3.75 GPA or higher) and humanitarian service. Carson Scholars receive scholarships invested for their college educations, honorary medals and certificates of recognition.

    In this case, the scholarship funds came from Yale’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs, and from personal contributions made by Bruce Alexander and his wife, Christine.

    Carson is a renowned brain surgeon who is best known for his pioneering work with Siamese twins, and his wife, Candy, in 1994. But this 1973 Yale College graduate, who heads the department of pediatric neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Medical Institutions, is also an inspiring role model for young people. He is dedicated to what he calls "another kind of healing" not just of the physical body, but of society. Through his television appearances, speaking engagements, books and one-on-one conversations, Dr. Carson reaches out to young people, urging them to use their intellectual potential to achieve success. Dr. Carson's autobiography, entitled "Gifted Hands," describes his early life of extreme poverty, low self-esteem, and poor academic performance -- and the changes he made to reach Yale, and then medical school at the University of Michigan.

    About Jacquelyn West

    Jacquelyn West has excelled academically at Metropolitan Business Academy while also giving generously back to the community. She excels in math, history and AP statistics, science and is active in the school’s math league. She participated in History Day projects and attended Choate Rosemary Hall over the summer. She has tutored second grade children after school, has worked with Community Mediation as a mediator to help solve housing dilemmas, and has helped organize clothing drives.

    About Giovanni Preciado

    Giovanni Preciado is a sixth grader at Columbus Family Academy. His parents from Mexico. He is bilingual and can often be found interpreting for someone in need. He loves school, reading and soccer. He has received many citizenship and academic awards at his young age, has participated in Book Bowl and the Dr. Ben Carson Book Club for two years. He also is active in the SHARE Committee, which helps make a difference for the community. He plays soccer with the Junior League and dreams of college and becoming a pediatrician.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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