Three cheers to the top three winning writers of the “Respect for All” essay contest sponsored by Community Educational Council District 21 and Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island). Without further fanfare the budding future noble prize winning essayists are — fifth grader Daniel Rogov of PS 100; eighth grader Ka Li La of IS 238 and sophomore Edward Schusteff of the Leon M. Goldstein High School of Sciences at Kingsborough.
Standing O pal Recchia told us, “In light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks plaguing our city and countries abroad, this year’s Respect For All week has special meaning for me. It’s so important for us to respect one another. I hope this project serves as a vehicle to promote a lively discourse between young people and educators on the importance of community, acceptance, and equality.”
CEC 21, [521 West Ave. between Shore Parkway and Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 333-3885].
Stop the presses, it’s the biggest news ever — Senior Brian Widom of Midwood HS was selected for membership into the “National Society of High School Scholars.” Membership to the exclusive international society is offered to students who demonstrate the highest level of academic excellence, the cream of the crop, top of the heap. And if academic excellence isn’t enough for this high-achieving high schooler, he also works and volunteers at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. In presenting Brian with the nomination, Chairman Claes Nobel — yes, of the “Nobel Prize” Nobels, said, “I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Brian has demonstrated. Brian is now a member of a unique community of scholars, a community that represents our very best hope for the future.” You ain’t kidding.
Honor Society president James Lewis added: “We aim to help students like Brian build on their academic successes and enhance their skills.”
Looks like Brian has a head-start in the building department.
Teacher Susan D’Auria is over the moon after receiving her award as an “Endeavor Fellowship” with NASA and being selected as an “Agent of Change.” The teaching project provides live, online training for educators working to earn a science, technology, and engineering certificate from Teachers College at Columbia University. Not to be outdone by a colleague, fellow teacher Erica Chou was chosen to represent Visitation as the US Ambassador for the World Education Games. Let the play begin!
Visitation Academy [8902 Ridge Blvd. at 89th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 680-9452].
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