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Sunset Park

The sash is ready, the crown is shining, she’s walking the walk and talking the talk. Sunset Park pageant princess Emmaree Angel Hernandez is ready to compete in the Miss Pre-Teen contest on Aug. 23 and 24 at the Hyatt New Brunswick, N.J.

Our pal Emmaree vied for the top spot as a finalist with more than 200 girls at a first-round draft in May at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope.

The process was based on interview, scholastic achievement, and of course personality, which Miss Emmaree certainly has plenty of, said proud mom Imee Hernandez, adding her daughter graduated fifth grade from P.S. 124 in June with honors and received a certificate, the Presidential Award for High Honors, from President Barack Obama.

“She is a great student,” said Imee.

And a fabulous equestrian too!

“She is a six-time blue ribbon winner at the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy,” crowed mom.

If Miss Emmaree wins she will be on her way to the national competition held at Disneyland® in California in the fall.

Standing O wishes this very talented tween the very best in her upcoming competition, congratulations on her graduation, and lots of good luck as she enters her middle school years at the School for International Studies in September.

Standing O is looking forward to giving another shout-out to Miss Emmaree when she brings home the national crown. You know she will!

Bay Ridge

Pop the cork

Standing O is shouting out a very happy golden anniversary wish to Allison and Richard Greaker. The pair said their “I do’s” 50 years ago at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The love-birds are still going strong and on June 14 they shared their milestone occasion with family and friends at the Ft. Hamilton Community Club.

Standing O wishes the Greakers another 50 years of happiness.

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Move over tassels

Put your hands together for the Bay Ridge Prep Class of 2014, which held its 16th annual graduation day at the Brooklyn Museum on May 30.

Spiro Spyrou, salutatorian, expressed the joy of graduation and the sorrow of separation as part of his commencement speech. “We have created here a small, close-knit family, and that is why it is so hard to come to the realization that we will no longer see each other every single day,” he said.

Head of School Dr. Charles Fasano instructed graduates to adapt to situations they will face later on in life by not letting others influence their experiences.

Erin Freeburn, Standing O’s very own niece, was presented with the Charter Club Award for having her entire kindergarten and grade-school experience at Bay Ridge Prep.

“Erin has never allowed popular culture to shape who she is,” said Dr. Fasano. “She has always made it clear that she will make up her mind and not be influenced by distractions.”

Standing O sends out congratulations to all the students — and most especially to Erin.

Bay Ridge Prep [8101 Ridge Blvd. at 81st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 833–9090].

Borough Wide

Stop the presses

Brooklyn Public Library has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to provide free summer meals at 25 borough locations through August.

Lunch is now being served to students 18 and younger from 1:15 pm to 2 pm on weekdays at the following branches:

Bay Ridge, Borough Park, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, DeKalb, Dyker, , Gerritsen Beach, Kensington, Macon, Mapleton, Midwood, New Lots, New Utrecht, Paerdegat, Rugby, Washington Irving, and Williamsburg.

The following branches offer the program from Tuesday through Friday from 1:15 pm to 2 pm:

Bedford, Flatbush, Jamaica Bay, Saratoga, Sheepshead Bay, and Stone.

Brooklyn Public Library [www.bklynlibrary.org/only-bpl/summer-meals website].

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