New Haven Magazine selected the college essays of seniors Andrianna Ayala of Orange and Kaitlin Nealon of Trumbull for publication in their April “High School Confidential” issue.
Andrianna’s essay, which details her experience encountering and overcoming cultural and ethnic stereotypes about Hispanic American women, was one of nine Connecticut high school student essays chosen to be part of the magazine’s spread. Shared Andrianna, “I am honored to represent Sacred Heart Academy in New Haven Magazine…to share my own story and allow for racial stigma to be openly discussed and considered. Thank you to my incredible teachers for their support.” Andrianna, the daughter of Wilfredo Ayala and Waleska Ortiz, is a resident of Orange.
Kaitlin’s essay examines her experience with spinal surgery and the power of self-advocacy and education. “I am most pleased that my essay was selected…the core of my essay isn’t just about me; it’s about everyone, and what we can accomplish simply by learning more. Many times in the process of helping ourselves to be self-sufficient, we inadvertently help the greater community around us. I am grateful for my time at Sacred Heart which has fostered a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge that has not only helped me excel academically, but in all areas of my life,” Kaitlin offered. Kaitlin, the daughter of James and Deenna Nealon, resides in Trumbull.