When it comes to girls basketball, Christ the King High School in Middle Village can be very proud. Clare Droesch, a six-foot guard from the school was one of two students chosen from the metropolitan area to join the 2001 Parade All-America High School Girls Basketball Team.
According to Christie Emden, spokesperson for Parade, “The entire team is selected by coaches, scouts and recruiters.”
On Sunday, April 15th, the magazine announced this year’s team including Droesch.
Forty athletes, representing 23 states were included in the listing. Although California can boast the most players, Droesch is a three-time pick by Parade. “She has helped her team win three state championships,” Emden said.
Droesch has averaged 24 points and eight assists a game. She is the number five player on Parade’s first team.
At her high school, this talented athlete has helped her team take three state championships with a score of 25 to 1. The team ranked in the top five teams nationally.
This fall Droesch plans on continuing her winning scores at Boston College.
The Parade All-America Girls Basketball Team was founded in 1977 by Haskell Cohen who went on to star in college and professional basketball.
This year, 35 Parade All-America members competed in the Sweet Sixteen NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and 69 will play this season in the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Besides having a great basketball team, Christ the King HS is also excited about its 18 recent scholarship winners from various schools in the city.
The scholarship winners were acknowledged at a special brunch held at Niederstein’s Restaurant, earlier this month.
There State Senator Serphin Maltese, the chairman of the board of trustees, joined by Councilman Thomas Ognibene, chair of the scholarship committee and Principal Michael Lynch recognized these fine young men and women.
Also attending the brunch were the proud parents and friends of these students.
Talking about scholarships, 11 students from the school’s science research program won the most science and technology awards of any high school in the state.
The students received scholarship money and prizes at an awards ceremony held at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn.
Jennifer Bilello, a junior at the school, won an $80,000 four-year scholarship to New York University.
Michael Blair, another junior at the school, won a $40,000 four-year scholarship to Polytechnic University.
Earlier this year, the school’s speech and debate team competed at the Razzi School in Woodside and took the first-place trophy.
Representing the school was first place winner Julio Macias, second-place winners Gary Traverson, Yasir Shah and Naser Durakovic. Third place was taken by Stephen Noonoo.
Each of these fine young scholars is involved in a three-year independent study program directed by Andrea Negri, a CK faculty member.
The students are now working on their Intel Science Talent Search projects for their senior year where they are eligible for up to 12 college credits for their work.
Christ the King HS is also proud of Sr. Elizabeth Graham, who heads the math department. This month Sr. Elizabeth will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to participate in the third Annual Joint United States and Russian Conference on math education.
Sr. Elizabeth has taught for the past 40 years and in 1996 was honored by the White House as an Outstanding Educator of Math.
As the year comes to a close, the students and faculty at CK are already working on next year’s successes.