I was proud of myself in every single way because I remember family members who thought that I would not get anywhere due to the language barrier that existed. Well, I proved them wrong.

Will attend the University of Connecticut

Alison ramirez-cahuana

Since moving to the United States from Peru, Alison Ramirez-Cahuana has overcome many obstacles, including the language barrier. This is proven by her incredible academic at Bulkeley High School; she graduated second in her class with a 3.97 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to her academic career, however, Alison also boasts an impressive volleyball one. She played on the varsity team for all four years of her academic career. She was selected to be on the All-Conference Team at the Central Connecticut Conference in her sophomore and senior years, won Most Improved Player in her junior year and has the highest number of aces in all of Hartford. Alison also gives back to her community in many ways and is the president of her school’s community service group. She organizes tag sales and car washes to raise money for those who need it, she cooks for residents of Saint Peter’s Retreat and volunteers to help handicapped adults. Her connections with some of the elderly people she works with have become the most meaningful ones, and she has even described herself as a “surrogate grandchild” to those who do not get to see their loved ones.

Next year, Alison will be studying actuarial science at the University of Connecticut which she has described to be “her life.”