PATERSON, NJ  – A Paterson Public Schools Seventh-grader has been selected as one of just 35 students across New Jersey to be accepted into NJ SEEDS’ Scholars Program. Anel Cabrera Moya, a student at Public School 21, will begin the program that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges with a five-week session this summer.

Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer offered congratulations to Moya in a phone call Saturday saying that it is a “significant step forward in her education and in broadening the opportunities that she will have to further her education.” In addition to the academic support the program provides, NJ SEEDS also strives to ensure that their students receive financial aid from the schools they attend covering 90 to 100 percent of expenses.

“Anel’s acceptance into the program is a result of her hard work in school. It is also the result of the devotion of her parents – Nelson Cabrera and Ana Moya – and the dedication of her teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. I want to congratulate them and thank them for all they have done to help Anel achieve her very best.”

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Following the five-week session Cabrera Moya will continue participating on Saturdays through the next academic year, and participate in a second summer session next year. In order to be accepted into the program, Cabrera Moya had to submit standardized test scores, behavioral assessments, writing samples and a portfolio of student achievement. She and her parents were interviewed by the program’s admission committee.

Cabrera Moya also submitted a recommendation from Elissa Barry, her literacy teacher. Her guidance counselor, Siobhan Simpson, provided the required reports and assessment data. She also had the unfailing support of her parents, Nelson Cabrera and Ana Moya, and School 21 Principal JoAnne Riviello.

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