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It’s gold to Girl Scout Aiyana Pierce Dezonie of PS 276. She received the coveted Silver Award, which is the highest award for scouts in grades six through eight. Our pal Aiyana had to toil for 50 hours to complete the series of leadership challenges and service projects to reach this lofty goal.

But she did it, she did it.

Aiyana collected blankets and cleaning supplies for orphaned or stray animals at the Sean Casey Animal Shelter and donated hundreds of items benefiting the orphaned pets, then volunteered walking pooches, cleaning out cages, and giving lots of love to the pooches and pussycats out there. Standing O pal Assemblyman Alan Maisel (D–Canarsie) and Troop Leader Nicole Robinson-Etienne presented Aiyana with her Silver Award at her school.

PS 276 [1070 E. 83rd St. and Avenue K in Canarsie, (718) 241–5757].


Candles for angels

Students at the Midwood Catholic Academy paid tribute to the children who lost their lives in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December.

During the Christmas mass, the children were charged with devising a way to remember each of the victims in their everyday school routine. The budding artists drew, colored, and cut out paper candles and placed the name of a victim on each one.

The decorated memorial candles now grace the hallway of the school and serve as an everyday reminder to the students to keep these children and their families in their prayers.

Midwood Catholic Academy [1501 Hendrickson St. at Flatlands Avenue in Flatlands, (718) 377–1800].

Borough Wide

Scholarship time

Three cheers to the following high school seniors for receiving scholarships to attend Berkeley College:

Edwin Cordero, Abraham Lincoln High School; Kimberly Gonzalez, Williamsburg Charter High School; Joanne Koutsoulias, Bishop Kearney High School; Tonasia Quinones, James Madison High School; Cheyenne Ross, Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School; Littesha Sankar, Midwood High School at Brooklyn College; Ana Teo, Abraham Lincoln High School; and Susan Wong, Abraham Lincoln High School.

College president Dario Cortes told Standing O that these students had to achieve a high grade point average in order to apply for the incentive.

“It is an honor to recognize the academic accomplishments of these high school seniors by awarding them scholarships to attend Berkeley College,” Cortes said.

Berkeley College [64 E. Midland Ave. in Paramus, NJ; (201) 291–1111].


Cakes off

Rashawn Robinson, that culinary creator of creamy confections, is back in the borough of his birth and making goodies that defy the the imagination. His eight-inch red velvet with cream cheese cake is just right to put your heart into flip flops and just in time for V Day.

Rashawn was born with an off-set spatula in his hand, or at least since he was a high school senior.

“I had a commercial baking class,” he told Standing O, “The first day, I picked up the spatula and started decorating cakes.”

That expertise earned him a stint with Buddy Valastro, of Cake Boss fame, in New Jersey.

Okay, he had a lapse and went to that other state, but he’s back now and Standing O is glad he is. You can pick up a slice of his deliciousness at Gourmet Guild, where his goodies are available exclusively.

Well, what are you waiting for? Valentine’s Day is only 14 days away. Get busy.

Gourmet Guild [110 Broadway at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 388–7726].

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