By Lisa Bielmeier
Public Relations Director
Joslyn Pinson, a Lewiston-Porter senior, says coming to the Niagara Academy to finish her academic studies is one of the best decisions she made. She not only has a place where she can excel at her studies, but to shine as an individual and part of a team.
For the past several years at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ alternative school, she has been the vice president of the student council and recently took over as the president this past spring.
Assistant Principal Michelle Kulbago says, “She has done an amazing job and it has been really rewarding as an educator to watch her blossom. She just makes your heart smile. She is extremely proud of the work she has accomplished on the student council and been a fantastic role model for the other students.”
Mrs. Kulbago and many of Joslyn’s teachers point toward her incredible work ethic. Not only is she going to graduate with a Regents diploma, she is working three jobs – at the Michael Kors outlet, Water Street Landing and Hill-vue Café. She recently shared her future plans, which involve pursuing a degree in criminal justice at the University of Nevada with aspirations to become an officer in a K9 unit.
Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall recently stopped in to congratulate Joslyn on her success and held a Q&A session with her. Joslyn asked him questions about his job and advice on how to succeed in a career.
“It was a real honor to meet Dr. Godshall and it made me feel special he took time out of his schedule to talk with me,” Joslyn says.
She adds, “I really want to thank the staff here at the Niagara Academy for helping me and believing in me. I really don’t think I would have gotten to this point without them. I also really need to send my mother a special thank you for all her love and support. I am also very grateful to my friends for being there for me. It has been a great experience here and I am really looking forward to my future.”