CSF New Hampshire Alumnus Angel Encarnacion and his mother, Shalimar, were honored as special guests of Governor Chris Sununu at his State of the State address this morning. The governor told Angel and Shalimar’s story as he discussed the importance of giving parents choice and flexibility in their children’s education, resulting in a standing ovation:
Joining us in the gallery today are Shalimar and Angel Encarnacion of Manchester. Like many families, Angel started in public school – and even had an individualized education plan – but it just wasn’t for him.
Shalimar and Angel were frustrated as Angel struggled.
Shalimar decided Angel needed to try a different learning environment. With the help of an educational scholarship grant, Angel was given the opportunity to try a different school – and he thrived.
Today, Angel is at the top of his class, exploring college opportunities, and aspires to a distinguished military career in the United States Naval Special Forces.
Shalimar and Angel are trailblazers for the state. Thank you both for being here today. Proof positive that choice works.
You can watch Governor Sununu’s remarks about Angel and Shalimar starting about 14 and a half minutes into the speech here and read the full transcript here. For more on the Encarnacion family’s story and how Angel’s CSF scholarship turned his education prospects around, read an op-ed co-authored by Shalimar last month.