Resolution J5642-2013

Honoring Grace Rutagengwa upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Distinguished Service Award

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  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 10, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Grace Rutagengwa upon the occasion of
her designation as recipient  of  the  Distinguished  Service  Award  by
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord with
its  long-standing  traditions, honoring the youth of today, and leaders
of tomorrow, whose character and achievements best exemplify the  ideals
and values cherished by this great State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Grace  Rutagengwa  upon  the occasion of her designation as recipient of
the Distinguished Service Award by Fulton-Montgomery Community  College;
and
  WHEREAS,  Grace  Rutagengwa  is  receiving this esteemed honor for her
volunteerism as a student ambassador,  welcoming  new  students  to  the
Johnstown campus and conducting campus tours, and for sharing her survi-
vor's  story  at local high schools, churches and at the United Nations;
and
  WHEREAS, Grace Rutagengwa earned her associate degree at  Fulton-Mont-
gomery  Community  College this year, marking yet another big step along
an extraordinary journey for a  survivor  who  endured  the  unspeakable
horrors  of  the  genocide  in  Rwanda  in  which  her parents and three
siblings were killed; and
  WHEREAS, Grace Rutagengwa, 22 years old, maintained  a  3.0  GPA  with
English  being her fifth language; she proudly accepted her diploma from
Robin DeVito, a mother of two who  became  her  guardian  and  surrogate
mother several years ago and who raised her as her own; and
  WHEREAS,  Friends  dubbed Rutagengwa "Amazing Grace" after learning of
the atrocities she endured; Grace was  the  youngest  of  four  children
raised on her family's prosperous farm in Ntyazo in southern Rwanda; and
  WHEREAS,  Her  parents  were  well-educated  members  of  the minority
Tutsis; they employed farmhands who  were  Hutus,  the  majority  ethnic
group;  in  the spring of 1994, ethnic tensions boiled over and ended in
Africa's worst genocide in modern times; and
  WHEREAS, Grace Rutagengwa met Robin DeVito, who took her into her home
in Duanesburg, and in 2011, she graduated from  Duanesburg  High  School
with a Regents diploma and scholastic awards; and
  WHEREAS,  Grace  Rutagengwa  was  the  subject  of  a 2011 TIMES UNION
profile; Robin DeVito and Grace moved in 2012 to an apartment in Amster-
dam, New York; and
  WHEREAS, An example of incredible perseverance, Grace Rutagengwa truly
worked hard; currently, she works at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam as
a patient assistant in the radiology department and  plans  to  continue
her  education  at  FMCC  studying  radiology  with a goal of becoming a
radiology technician; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Grace Rutagengwa upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of  the  Distinguished  Service  Award  by  Fulton-Montgomery  Community
College, and best wishes for a future of purposeful success and well-be-
ing; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Grace Rutagengwa.

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