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Arryana is the Valedictorian of her senior class at South Bronx Preparatory in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau the South Bronx is the poorest Congressional District in the nation. Aryanna competed against her best friend Gabriela (who also participated in APFAD's program) for the title of valedictorian. The girls also encouraged each other to excel. They both maintained an average of 95-96%. The school considered making both girls Valedictorian, a first in the school’s history, so APFAD decided to honor both students. Arryana is a member of the National Honor Society, is in the theatre club Prep Players, and volunteers for numerous causes including PJ’s for Japan. She also works from 3pm-10pm at a local supermarket when she’s not in afterschool. Arryana is attending Suny Binghamton in the fall. Her major is undecided.

Arryana's prom dress was donated by the stunning actress Paula Patton. Ms. Patton wore this fabulous dress to the premiere of the movie Hitch, which was her first acting role. Ms. Patton has since starred in Deja Vu with Denzel Washington, Idlewild, Just Wright, alongside APFAD's first celebrity donor Queen Latifah, Jumping the Broom,  and the Oscar nominated film Precious. Married to the blue-eyed soul singer, Robin Thicke, son of "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke, Ms. Patton appeared in the music video for his smash hit "Lost Without You." They have one son, Julian who was born last year.