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Noteworthy grads | October 17, 2013 >>
Working at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station among rocket ships and spacecraft, Brian Bomser says he is “literally living my dream.” That dream blasted off for Brian as a 7th-grader at Louis Armstrong MS, when the opportunity to attend space camp with his classmates launched him toward a career in aerospace engineering.
Noteworthy grads | September 5, 2013 >>
Edward Summers, as the director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College, drives the research agenda for the study of the Adirondack Park. Summers credits his success to his experience in New York City public schools, from a 2nd-grade teacher who rewarded her class with a pizza party to a high school history teacher who engaged him with classroom debates.
Noteworthy grads | June 13, 2013 >>
A 1978 graduate of John Dewey HS in Gravesend, and before that of Reynolds JHS in Sheepshead Bay, the little boy who said “OK” a lot at PS 268 in East Flatbush went on to shine, thanks to a small, powerful teacher named Mrs. Leibowitz.
Noteworthy grads | May 16, 2013 >>
Judge Tingling, who halted Bloomberg’s ban on oversized sugary drinks, went to school in Harlem in the 1960s. “My 3rd-grade teacher Ms. Commack recently reached out to me; my teachers say they are proud of me. But not more than I am of them,” he says. “There’s no way I’d be doing this today without them."
Noteworthy grads | April 11, 2013 >>
Amanda Brown is familiar to millions as a contestant this past season on NBC’s hit vocal-competition show “The Voice.” After attending PS 163 and PS 58 in the Bronx, she went to MS 80, where music teacher David Kazansky pushed her in 8th grade to audition for LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Noteworthy grads | February 28, 2013 >>
Joshua Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of numerous books and articles on the history of labor unions and the sociology of working-class people.
Noteworthy grads | January 31, 2013 >>
Jon Bauer, a co-founder, chief executive operating officer and chief investment officer of Contrarian Capital Management, which invests in troubled companies and helps them restructure their finances, was “blown away” when he first learned about economics as a boy.
Noteworthy grads | December 20, 2012 >>
Marisa Tomei shot to national attention in 1992 in “My Cousin Vinny,” in which she played brash, foul-mouthed New York mechanic Mona Lisa Vito, a longtime fiancee (with her biological clock ticking) who is called to testify as an expert witness in a murder case in Alabama. She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for that comedic tour de force and hasn’t slowed down since, appearing on Broadway and in TV shows and other movies.
Noteworthy grads | November 22, 2012 >>
“I could have been one of those gangbangers,” said Charles Briggs of the youth he serves as treasurer of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation. One of its initiatives that he proudly supports is a gang tattoo removal program for erasing the marks that can doom a child.
Noteworthy grads | October 18, 2012 >>
His rank — Second Mate Unlimited Tonnage Upon the Oceans — entitles merchant mariner Scott Adler to ship out on any size vessel anywhere in the world, as long as his union, the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association, approves the job and clears it with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Noteworthy grads | September 6, 2012 >>
John Eric Parker’s journey from Crown Heights to the bright lights has been as difficult as that of any actor trying to make it on Broadway. But Parker had a big advantage. He connected with teachers who believed in him.
Noteworthy grads | June 14, 2012 >>
Antonio Fargas, who graduated from Manhattan’s HS of Fashion Industries in 1965, helped raised close to $10,000 for a scholarship fund at the school. His career has spanned more than 40 years, including a host of roles in film (“Shaft,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Car Wash”) on stage and on television, including “Everybody Hates Chris” and as Huggy Bear on “Starsky & Hutch.”
Noteworthy grads | May 10, 2012 >>
In Dr. Lloyd Gayle’s lexicon, a padded envelope means grafted muscle wrapped around bone with a cushion of healthy tissue, a procedure that must be done before an orthopedic team can get to work. He will soon make such an envelope on a Haitian boy whose leg was crushed in the 2010 earthquake.
Noteworthy grads | April 5, 2012 >>
He wears black, lives and has a studio in the Bowery, has shot films in Europe, has more than a dozen edgy films to his name and many film festival awards to his credit — yet Ken Kobland just can’t escape his Bronx roots. Not that he’s trying to anymore.
Noteworthy grads | March 8, 2012 >>
Her first job was doing piecework at home with her mother, gluing rhinestones on buttons. Today, she has proclamations from the state and city on her office walls, recognizing Pacheco & Lugo as the first New York law firm owned by Hispanic women.
Noteworthy grads | February 2, 2012 >>
Jordan’s river “is deep and wide,” as the African-American spiritual goes. Pastor Horace Michael’s roots in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant are also deep and wide, touching many families and several generations. A student at PS 93, then at JHS 194, Michael graduated from Boys and Girls HS in 1979 and won a UFT Shanker Scholarship award.
Noteworthy grads | December 22, 2011 >>
“I have a freakishly clear memory of elementary school. It’s a sickness, remembering all the kids’ names and even their size order in line; only the tallest boys were in the color guard, and I, who was small, thought it was so the flag wouldn’t droop on the ground. I remember every teacher and what made each one unique.”
Noteworthy grads | November 10, 2011 >>
Living out many dreams in his long career, Scott Ian, the lead and rhythm guitarist of Anthrax, has sold over 10 million albums, received multiple Grammy nominations, played for audiences worldwide and hosted shows on VH1. But in September, 30 years after founding the seminal heavy metal band, Ian got to fulfill a childhood fantasy when he took the stage at Yankee Stadium for a homecoming concert in front of 50,000 fans.
Noteworthy grads | October 13, 2011 >>
Investigative reporter and editor at The Chief for over 20 years, Richard Steier is the city’s go-to guy for all things labor, a walking encyclopedia of the city’s unions, their histories and current struggles.
Noteworthy grads | September 8, 2011 >>
Well-known and highly-regarded writer Edwidge Danticat arrived in East Flatbush from Port-Au-Prince in 1981, starting 8th grade at IS 320. Despite hardship and culture shock, she excelled at Clara Barton HS. “I grasped everything but English composition. I was writing so badly. But I had good teacher-angels along the way.”