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Bronx HS District and Pathways to Graduation Scholarship/Recognition Awards

Acknowledging achievements

Award winner Louis Morel of Bronx Aerospace HS shares his happiness with (from l Miller Photography

Award winner Louis Morel of Bronx Aerospace HS shares his happiness with (from left) teacher Donna Orr, friend Jasmeen Curry and Romero Brito.

City Councilman Andy King (front, fourth from right) and Lara (front, third fromMiller PhotographyCity Councilman Andy King (front, fourth from right) and Lara (front, third from left) lock arms in solidarity with some of the honorees.

Thirty-one Bronx high school seniors will begin their freshman year of college in September with laptops and printers presented to them at the second annual Bronx High School District and Pathways to Graduation Scholarship/Recognition Awards ceremony held at the UFT’s Bronx borough office on June 19. Nominated by teachers and guidance counselors for their academic and leadership qualities, the honorees were chosen from among 200 candidates by a committee of college students who are alumni of Bronx high schools. “We’re doing this because we’re teachers,” said Chapter Leader Matthew Foglino of Wings Academy, a member of the scholarship committee. “We look out for our members and for our students, too. We need to do everything we can to celebrate our students.” Well-wishers from Fordham HS for the Performing Arts — Chapter Leader Linda Key and Alyson Weaver, a school social worker — came to salute their two honorees. “It was a great way to acknowledge the achievements of young people in the Bronx,” Weaver said. She said she hopes the honor will “motivate them to do the best they can in college,” as it did a past recipient who spoke at the ceremony. Hailed as the visionary who initiated and organized the scholarship event, Eliu Lara, the UFT’s Bronx high school district representative, pointed out that all the constituencies of the borough — students, families, teachers, retirees, community leaders and political leaders — were on hand. City Councilman Fernando Cabrera presented a plaque honoring Suri Singh, the principal of the Bronx Pathways to Graduation HS, for his work supporting and encouraging students to earn high school equivalency diplomas. Teacher Marlene Romero Brito of Bronx Aerospace HS said that publicly honoring students “gives them incentives to work hard and pride and self-esteem when they have won.”

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