Brooklyn Education: St. Saviour students help kids smile

The Inner Glow Club at St. Saviour High School collected $750 in donations for Smile Train, the international children’s charity that provides free cleft lip and palate repair surgery to children in developing countries. The funds raised by the students will be enough to pay for three corrective surgeries.

Recently, several St. Saviour students were recognized for their achievements.

Camille Odom, ’16, received the academic achievement award from her local chapter of the Jack and Jill Foundation in which she participates with her mom, Tanya. Camille participates in various leadership activities with her chapter including community service.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the foundation has distributed millions of dollars to communities all across America.

The foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in young people. The ultimate goal of the Foundation is to empower young people to make the right life choices.

Sylvia Sabbat, ’15, was selected as a winner of a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship.

During Easter break, Ciara Cornelius, ’15, performed The Lord of the Rings score with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Lincoln Center.

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On May 2, eighth-grade students from the Dance Magnet of I.S. 228 David A. Boody earned a bronze medal for their dance performance called “Ladies’ Choice” in the Long Island Ballet Competition held in Islip, NY.

I.S. 228 showcased two dance numbers in the Ballet and Character Categories for Ensembles. They were “Romeo and Juliet,” choreographed by ballet teacher Irina Lapteva from Brighton Ballet Theater, and “Ladies’ Choice,” choreographed by dance teacher Jan Ford.

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This year, St. Edmund Prep High School sent four students to the Harvard Model Congress, the nation’s oldest government simulation conference run by Harvard students. Shelby Lau, Amanda Mattioli, Rayan Ramirez and Gerald Rehill were the members of St. Edmund Prep’s first team to take part in the conference.

Each team member was assigned to be a current senator or representative and spent weeks researching the views of that person and his or her party. The students also researched hot topics that ranged from nanotechnology to environmental issues. During the course of the three-day conference, the students took on the roles of the politicians, drafted mock legislation and negotiated to get their legislation passed. They learned about current political issues and the political process.

Since the simulation, the Model Congress team at St. Edmund Prep has grown. The team now has 12 members who will begin their training for three Model Congress simulations next year, including another visit to the Harvard Model Congress.

Model Congress moderators are Mrs. McGinnis, assistant principal for academics, Mr. Raphael, assistant principal for student affairs and Mr. Wagner, dean of students.


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