Alicia Barber, The Albany Academies

As an ally, Alicia has shown her strength and commitment to LGBTQ rights by being an active member of the Center Youth Action Team (CYAT) at the Pride Center, President of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, a recent intern at the Albany Damien Center, among many other attributes. She will be attending Union College in the fall on a pre-med track.

Nicholas Bernard, Colonie High School

Nicholas has been an energetic  participant in many of the Pride Center’s programs with progressively more responsibility and leadership. He is a passionate public speaker and member of his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. He will be attending Hudson Valley Community College to double major in biology and music.

Sierra Clegg, Schalmont High School

Sierra has served for the past four years as treasurer of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Her teachers and peers revere her as one of the most caring, hardworking, and understanding individuals they have met. She will be attending SUNY Albany in the hopes of          becoming a high school English teacher.

Nicholas Ganey, Hudson High School

Nicholas founded his high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance his junior year and has served as its president. Since then, he has worked hard to recruit members, raise funds, and help implement a number of anti-bullying initiatives. He also serves on the board of the Hudson Pride Foundation. He will be attending Boston University to study biology.

Shaiyah Lev, Albany High School

Shaiyah has been involved with the LGBTQ community through his work with COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) , through his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and attendance at the Capital Pride Parade for the past 15 years. He will be attending the College of Saint Rose for Musical Performance.