Weekly Feature

2018-08-08 / Education

Graduate honored with scholarship

Geovanni Ronghi has been named the 2018 recipient of the Dena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded by the Speech-Language Hearing Association of Western New York.

Ronghi is a recent graduate of Amherst Central High School, Goldstein’s alma mater. The annual award recognizes a high school senior from Western New York with a speech, language and/or hearing impairment who has demonstrated perseverance and exemplifies Goldstein’s attributes, including determination and motivation.

Like Goldstein, Ronghi was born with a profound hearing loss. He was fitted with a cochlear implant at just 18 months of age, and with the help of speech and hearing services soon developed both oral language skills to interact with the hearing world and American Sign Language to communicate with the deaf community, which has included his immediate family.

Ronghi has repeatedly achieved honor roll status at Amherst and was inducted as a member of the National Honor Society. This past March, he participated in a local academic bowl with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.

While maintaining his academics, Ronghi was a member of the Amherst varsity soccer team and the ASL club at school. Ronghi will attend the University at Buffalo this fall where he will study accounting.

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