Madison-Oneida BOCES presented June 2016 graduate Justina Gualandi with this year's MaryJo Hojohn Career and College Readiness Award. The award is given in honor of former MOBOCES administrator MaryJo Hojohn, a tireless advocate for preparing students for life beyond graduation.
Justina, a Rome student, spent six years in the MOBOCES Alternative Education High School. She was a member of the MOBOCES Student Leadership Team and served as a role model for younger students through her excellent attendance and commitment to overcoming personal challenges. Justina completed the Health-Related Careers program at CTE and was active in basketball.
When the award was established after Hojohn passed away in 2014, a committee decided to present an award and small monetary gift to the selected student six months after graduation in order to challenge the recipient to remain employed and/or continue their education, in keeping with Hojohn’s vision for post-graduation success.