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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ms. Olivia Quagliani, a school counselor at West Haven High School, has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2022 Yale Educator Award.

“I was so shocked to see that I got the award,” said Quagliani. “It meant so much that Ayannah (Obas ’23) took the time to nominate me. I am just so lucky to work in West Haven because we truly have the most amazing students - I learn so much from them every day!!”

The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 385 nominees, who represent 43 states and 28 countries, 80 teachers and 32 counselors were selected to receive the award. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. In September, the winners were sent their awards with congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement. Quagliani was nominated for the award by Ayannah Obas ’23, Yale Class of 2027.

Yale is a top research university with a unique emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education. All 6,400 undergraduate students enroll in Yale College, which offers more than 80 majors and hundreds of opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research. Undergraduates at Yale come from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign countries. More than 18% of Yale students will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree, and 53% are US Citizens or Permanent Residents who identify as students of color. Yale offers admission to students without regard to their ability to pay and meets 100% of every student’s financial need with an award that does not include loans. Currently, 64% of Yale undergraduates receive financial assistance, and Yale budgets more than $240 million annually for need-based financial aid. The 1,647 members of the Yale Class of 2027 who began their first semester in August 2023 graduated from more than 1,200 different high schools.

The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the 2023 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale. The Admissions Office is proud to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.