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Community Center Alum Named One of PA’s Best & Brightest and High School Co-Valedictorian

Please join us in congratulating Aniyah Godwin for her amazing personal and academic accomplishments!

Aniyah Godwin, Class of 2018

On June 10th, Aniyah received her diploma from Harrisburg High School at the top of her class as Co-Valedictorian, John Harris & SciTech Campus. In addition, the Patriot-News featured her as one of PA’s Best and Brightest as printed in the May 20, 2018 edition, in which she named Serina Brown, Community Center Director, as her mentor. Aniyah attended Bethesda Mission Community Center’s after-school and summer programs from 2nd – 8th grade consistently, and continued to stay in touch and volunteer through her high school years.

In her own words, Aniyah shared:

“Throughout my life, I have received immense support from my family members and friends. One person that particularly influenced my life is my program director Ms. Serina Brown at the Bethesda Mission Community Center. I began attending the Community Center at the age of six, and ever since I have been personally attached to Ms. Serina. She has exposed me to several learning opportunities and ways to volunteer in my community. As a result, I have faithfully given back to my community through volunteering at numerous Bethesda Mission locations. In addition, she has also provided me with emotional support through the difficult time of losing my

Aniyah (R) on a Community Center Field Trip circa 2009

father. I sought solace in her comforting words during my times of need. The support and love I receive from Ms. Serina contribute to the young, determined, and strong woman I am today. I am grateful to have someone such so loving and inspirational in my life.”


“Aniyah has been with us since 2nd grade and I have continuously been amazed at her commitment and dedication to life, academics, and the love of people. There are no words that can express how proud we are to see Aniyah reach for her dreams with strength and tenacity.” – Serina Brown

In regards to her future plans, Aniyah shared:

In the science lab at Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus, April 19, 2018. (reprinted with permission from Sean Simmers, PennLive)

“After high school, I plan to attend either Penn State University or the University of Pittsbu

rgh to pursue a degree in biology. While in my undergraduate, I would like to explore any research opportunities available to me. In particular, research concerning public and global health and the effects on men’s health of drugs such as generic viagra. This medicine can be bought by following this link. After receiving my B.S., I will further my education in graduate or medical school and go into biomedical research. At some point in my career, I would like to travel to different areas to conduct research on prevalent diseases.”

Aniyah and her mother, Felicia, have become loved and valued members of the Bethesda family and we cannot wait to see where God leads them next.


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