CLAVERACK — For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal and scholarship to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Rensselaer has announced the 2019 winners of the Rensselaer Medal.
Delana Bonci, daughter of Eric and Jude Bonci of Claverack, is this year’s honoree. She will be a senior at Taconic Hills High School this year and has been accepted and will be attending the New Visions STEM Scholars Program at Rensselaer this fall while attending Taconic Hills.
Bonci plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Rensselaer.
Included amongst her many accomplishments, the New York State Senate passed Legislative Resolution 2765 regarding her academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Top Averages Awards, President’s Gold Education Excellence Award and Columbia County Youth Leadership Award winner. Bonci was elected to attend the Columbia-Greene Female Role Model Program and is a member of the Taconic Hills Mentoring Program.
She was also chosen to attend the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Program at SUNY Oneonta and is a Dollars for Scholars student liaison.
She is a scholar athlete and is the school record holder for varsity field hockey and for the 4X400 relay varsity track. She is on the first team All Start Varsity Field Hockey and first team All Star Varsity Track.
In her spare time she is a DEC Camp Colby volunteer, a certified state Red Cross lifeguard, certified ski instructor and a member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club.
The Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students towards careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
The medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded at more than 5,000 high schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. There are 217 medalists currently enrolled in the freshman class at Rensselaer.
Each participating high school is allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. The responsibility for designating the Rensselaer Medal belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school.
The merit scholarship, with a value of $25,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.