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Meet our 2022-23 Filipiniana Youth Award Recipients

The Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (PCSNJ) is proud to announce the recipients of the Filipiniana Youth Award for 2022-23. These eleven outstanding high school seniors serve as role models in their classrooms and the community.    
Micah Addun from Cherry Hill West High School was the President of the Asian Culture Club, and a National Honor Society member.  She will be attending Camden County College to study pre-nursing.  
Connor Alvarez from Camden Catholic served on the National Honor Society Executive Board, English and Math Honor Society, and was the lighting captain for the spring musical.  He will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles to study pre-mathematics and actuarial science.  
Roniel Baluya of Gloucester City High School served on the LEO Club and was a GHS Academic Scholar. He will be attending Camden County College to study engineering.  
Gabriella Bongiorno graduated from Timber Creek Regional High School as the president and valedictorian of her class.  She will be studying biological sciences at Rowan University.  
Sofia Candalla is a graduate of Gloucester County Institute of Technology.  She is a talented piano player and an altar server at her church.  She will be studying microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh.  
Tiffany Guerrero of Pennsauken High School served in the Air Force JROTC program and was the National Honor Society President. She will be attending Rutgers University School of Nursing to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist. 
Ashley Maestrado was the co-founder of the Filipino Student Association at Eastern Regional High School.  She served as the Public Relations Officer for PCSNJ and also is a nationally ranked fencer.  She plans on studying Behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University.  
Ciara Mulligan is a Cherry Hill East High School graduate and the President of the Filipino Culture Society.  She will be studying Spatial Planning and Environmental Management at the Technological University in Dublin, Ireland.  
Ethan Tamayo graduated as valedictorian at Deptford Township High School and has served as an altar server at his church for 7 years.  He will study electrical engineering at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  
Carl Tiqui is a Triton Regional High School graduate and a member of the French Honors Society.  He earned a Seal of Biliteracy and is a helper at his church. He is majoring in civil and environmental engineering at Rowan University.
Kaylani Williams graduated from Highland Regional High School as a member of the National Honors Society and Science Honors Society.  She was active in field hockey, track and lacrosse.  She will pursue a major in criminal justice at Saint Joseph's University.
The students were selected by their respective schools for demonstrating leadership and academic excellence.  They were each awarded a $250 check for their recognition. PCSNJ is proud of each recipient and wishes each one of these deserving scholars the best in their future endeavors.   


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