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Student Profile

Ariyanna Chillis

Name: Ariyanna Chillis

Year: Senior at Colonie Central High School

Focus of Study: Graphic Design major and fashion minor

Associated with which Program: STEP

Accomplishment or Achievements:

  • 2015 NYS Elks Oratorical Contest
  • UAlbany Multicultural Award
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • 2015 Varsity Colonie Tennis Most Improved Player

In a few words, explain what the program means to you:

My name is Ariyanna Chillis and I am a senior at Colonie Central High School. I love to help and be involved in my community. I am president of the Zeta Phi Beta Youth Auxiliary for my age level, Vice President of my school’s art club, and a Girl Scout. My goals in the future are to become a graphic designer/ fashion designer. I have been in the STEP program for over four years. My time in the STEP program has been fantastic. I have met so many incredible, supporting people who are like family to me. The STEP program has given me so many opportunities that have bettered me as a student and as a person. I am going to truly miss everyone in the program next year when I am in college. 

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