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For nearly 30 years God has faithfully blessed the work of Buttafuoco & Associates to help rebuild the lives of accident, injury and medical malpractice victims.  Because of the Lord's provision, the firm has created YCL as an opportunity to help young Christians be ministers in the marketplace—whether in education, government, law, media, the public and private sectors, science or sports.

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Rachel Beiler

Rachel Beiler

Rexville, NY - Wellsville Bible Church

School / Community Involvement
– 4-H Livestock
– Bible Quizzing
– FamilyLife Performing Arts Department
– Wellsville Area Homeschool Co-op
– Voice & Piano Lessons

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Allegany Board of Legislators Certificate of Recognition
– Erie Karn Memorial
– New York State Skillathon Champion
– All Star Bible Quizzing Team

Career Goal: Zookeeper, Wildlife Biologist, or Horse Trainer
GPA: 3.86
College: Liberty University

“Rachel was homeschooled by her mother, & both Rachel and her mother came to visit me in my office before Rachel signed up for my course. Although Rachel was younger than the other students in class, she was among the strongest students that semester. She took her studies very seriously and always came to class prepared. When I had Rachel as a student, she eagerly participated in class discussions and was able to support her arguments. I would characterize Rachel as being among the most intelligent, dedicated, and engaged students I have ever had. ” Sandra Singer, Professor
Kristina Bell

Kristina Bell

Jamesville, NY - Jamesville Community Church

School / Community Involvement
– School Musical
– Spark-show Choir
– Debate Club
– Peer-tutoring Club
– National Honor Society

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Winner of Syracuse Stages Young Playwrights Competition
– Scholastic Writing Awards - honorable mention
– AP Scholar with Honor
– University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award
– Leadership Award for Leadership in SPARK show choir

Career Goal: Doctor (Pediatrician)
GPA: 99.57
College: TBD

“ Kristina is driven, intelligent, kind, goal-oriented, talented, mature, responsible, and trustworthy. Kristina is intellectually curious and highly respected by all that know her. Academically, Kristina has an exceptionally strong transcript taking a rigorous mix of honors and AP level courses. Her work ethic is unparalleled and her teachers speak highly of her ability to lead and to communicate. They also find her self-discipline and motivation extraordinary. She is a young woman that values patience and perseverance for achieving academic excellence and she has a particular passion for the sciences; hoping to someday become a pediatrician. ” Diane M. Ennis, School Counselor
Lauren Bevacqua

Lauren Bevacqua

Shrewsbury, NJ - New Hope Church

School / Community Involvement
– Key Club
– Fellowship of Christian Athletes
– Science League
– Volleyball
– Softball

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Art Honor Society
– Treasurer of Key Club

Career Goal: Veterinarian
GPA: 98.47
College: TBD

“ I met Miss Bevacqua two years ago in my English 2 Honors course and was immediately impressed with her passion as both a student and a young woman. Over that year and her following two years, I have grown to know Lauren as more than just a hard working student. Her capacity to care for others besides herself is unparalleled. I have told her on may occasions how impressed I am when she runs a fundraiser to raise awareness and money to support local animal shelters. Miss Lauren Bevacqua is an extremely passionate, compassionate, and motivated individual.” Michael Canning, English Teacher
Nikia Capers

Nikia Capers

Hillside, NJ - Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church

School / Community Involvement
– Usher Ministry
– Nurse’s Ministry
– Cheerleader
– Track
– Peer Leader

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Honor Roll
– Most Valuable Player
– Scholar Athlete

Career Goal: Pediatrician
GPA: 84.78
College: TBD

“Nikia attended two educational camps this summer, the Exploration of Summer and Trinitas Nursing Camp. These camps gave her an opportunity to learn more about science and the health professions. Nikia has also been able to balance her time with a part-time job as a receptionist. Nikia has also been able to showcase her athlete accomplishments through her role on the track and cheerleading teams. The academic, work, and extracurricular commitments have prepared Nikia for the challenges of the educational future that awaits her. ” Kathleen Skeehan, Guidance Counselor
Vincent Danzi

Vincent Danzi

Boonton, NJ - St. John’s Episcopal Church

School / Community Involvement
– Service at St. John’s Episcopal Church
– Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– High Honor Roll
– Principal's Honor Roll
– Dean’s Honor Roll

Career Goal: Business or Criminal Justice
GPA: 3.37
College: TBD

“Vincent is a dependable individual who holds himself accountable for his actions. He has always been pleasant and very respectful in my classroom. Throughout high school, Vincent has maintained an excellent academic record. This success is primarily due to his attention to detail and perseverance. Vincent Danzi will be successful in whatever he sets his mind to attain. He will work hard to be successful and will be an excellent representation of your scholarship. ” Michelle McBride, English Department
Samantha Hanley

Samantha Hanley

Woodbridge, NJ - First Presbyterian Church - Woodbridge

School / Community Involvement
– Freshman Mentors
– Heroes and Cool Kids
– JV Soccer
– Homework Club
– Youth Group & Montreat Youth Conference

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Varsity Soccer
– Track & Field

Career Goal: Clinical Psychology
GPA: 3.53
College: Monmouth University

“I can always count on Ms. Hanley to participate in a wide variety of service and mission projects. While in North Carolina, she participates in the Asheville Youth Mission, serving the needs of Children at the Black Mountain Home for Children and veterans at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters. Additionally, she participates annually in “Tooling Around the Township” where she prepared community gardens and brightened up the day of many neighbors by participating in spring cleanup. Besides her active youth group participation and life in the church, I am always amazed at the many clubs, activities, and sports that she participates in at Woodbridge High School.” Rev. Shelley Gardner, Associate Pastor
Tanner Hilton

Tanner Hilton

Conestega, PA - New Hope Christian Fellowship

School / Community Involvement
– National Honor Society
– Student Government
– Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field
– Choir
– Drama

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Male Student Athlete
– ACSI Athletic Award
– Runner of the Year
– Salvation Army Scholarship
– Basketball, Soccer Sportsmanship

Career Goal: Communication Field
GPA: 3.72
College: Arizona Christian University

“Tanner exhibits a quiet strength and continues to be an acknowledged leader among his peers. In high school, he served in a variety of leadership capacities, including being treasurer of the student government and a member of the Varsity Leadership Club. In all of his interactions, Tanner’s honesty, integrity, and respectful demeanor endeared him to his schoolmates, his teachers, and his coaches. Tanner’s exemplary character is demonstrated through his relationships with his peers. He is the type of individual who seeks to meet the needs of others above his own. ” Michael R. Myers, Ed. D. Headmaster
Kylie Hoke

Kylie Hoke

Palmyra, PA - Encounter Church of Palmyra

School / Community Involvement
– Lacrosse
– National Honor Society
– Study Buddies
– Youth Group
– Young Life

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Pride Award (character based award)
– Woman of the Month (Hummelstown Women’s Club)
– Science Honor Society
– Spanish Honor Society

Career Goal: Labor & Delivery Nurse
GPA: 3.66
College: Biola University

“As a student, Kylie has demonstrated the ability to comprehend complex material and write about it in an insightful and articulate manner. Kylie’s prodigious strengths as a student are nicely complemented by her strength of character. Kylie is a young woman of great integrity. She is gifted in so many ways, yet she maintains a humble heart. She has no sense of entitlement. Rather, she evinces a spirit of service and gratitude. Kylie is a young woman who I respect utterly as both a student and a human being. ” Jason F. Keiner, D.Ed. , English Teacher
Alexander Kuchnicki

Alexander Kuchnicki

Piscataway, NJ - Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

School / Community Involvement
– National Honor Society
– Accompany Children’s Choir at Church
– Soccer Team
– Wind Ensemble
– Jazz Band

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– 3 Years - Varsity Soccer
– MVP Boys Soccer
– Sportsmanship Award
– All-Red Division
– Best Trumpet Section

Career Goal: Sports Agent or Marketing Professional
GPA: 3.7
College: Arcadia University

“ Considering his hard wrought achievement in AP Language and Composition ( in addition to all of his other honors and AP level classes) it’s hard to believe that Alex had the time or an inclination to devote to anything outside of the classroom, yet here again, Alex defies the odds. Alex is a 3 year varsity soccer player and 3 year member of the prestigious Piscataway Jazz Band. It must also be understood that Alex not only competed, but thrived as the captain. The fact that Alex was able to balance this honor, commitment and love of sport with his diligence and passion for learning and music is nothing short of amazing.” Damian Storey, English Dept.
Ryan Moreau

Ryan Moreau

Vernon, CT - First Congregational Church of Vernon

School / Community Involvement
– Marching Band
– FCCV Youth Group
– Math Team
– Model UN
– As Schools Match Wits

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
–French Award
– National Honor Society
– WPI Math Award
– Band Varsity Letter
– Tennis Varsity Letter

Career Goal: To become a Pharmacist
GPA: 96.52
College: University of Connecticut

“ This past year, I have seen Ryan further develop as a musician and a person. He is always prepared for rehearsals and clearly sets an expectation of diligence, dedication, and focus for himself and for his fellow band members. As Drum Major, Ryan leads extra rehearsals, communicates with the band, organizes events, and demonstrates passion through his own efforts. What most impresses me about Ryan is his compassion and empathy for other students. His ability to communicate and relate with his peers shows how deep his consideration for others truly is.” Laura Ayer, Band Director