Glenvelis Perez ready for the next level

The Class of 2022 will say goodbye to a high school career that included nearly two years under the cloud of a global pandemic. While COVID-19 may have ruined some of their high school experience, this class has guts and they’ve reached the finish line. As the class members prepare to move on to the next chapter of their lives, the Observer-Dispatch sat down with several seniors from the Mohawk Valley. They offered advice to their fellow students, shared their academic and professional goals and more. Congratulations to the class of 2022.

Glenvelis Perez is a young entrepreneur.

With the help and guidance of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College, Perez has worked to develop his own business.

She initially thought of a baked goods business, but ended up building a virtual assistant business, aiming to provide transcription, research, writing, proofreading and editing services.

Called GP Virtual, the company has already done some work in the Mohawk Valley.

“My own time management issues made me believe that this business could be something I could help a lot of people with,” Perez said. “In the future, I hope to expand the business and offer many other services, eventually including tax preparation services with my mother and accommodating any other needs my clients may have.”

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Perez will have another title she can call herself later this month: high school graduate. She will graduate from Whitesboro High School on June 18.

Now 17, Perez said her parents moved here from the Dominican Republic to give her and her sisters better opportunities.

This gave him infinite gratitude for his family and therefore placed a high value on education.

“Even when I face challenges in school, I feel extremely lucky to have the chance to pursue my educational goals and it helps me overcome them,” Perez said.

“She is motivated and humble”

Perez began her high school career at Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, then transferred to Whitesboro during her freshman year.

She has been involved in many activities including Dance, Junior Frontiers of the Mohawk Valley, Club International, Drama Club, Choir and Please Stand Up.

Perez has also worked with her school’s newspaper and is the editor of the school’s literary magazine.

She also volunteered as a math tutor for middle school students through MVCC’s Math Corps summer camp program and distributed food and school supplies through the Johnson Park Center.

Perez came across YEA! through the Junior Borders of the Mohawk Valley. She has wanted to be an entrepreneur since she was young, inspired by the hard work of her parents.

Michelle Truitt directed YEA! since its creation. Perez was one of five seniors in this year’s YEA! class, says Truitt.

“She’s driven and humble,” Truitt said. “I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Perez plans to attend Smith College in the fall, hoping to major in math. She also hopes to continue writing and finding ways to help the community.

“To all the other seniors graduating in the Mohawk Valley this year, good luck on your journey next year, whatever path you plan to take,” Perez said. “You have the potential to make a positive difference in the world, so always remember that.”

Ed Harris is the Oneida County reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Ed Harris at [email protected]

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