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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Benjamin Franklin HS For Finance & Information Technology Student Profiles

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 12:00 am

Student Profile: Catherine Ajayi

Catherine Ajayi, a senior at the Benjamin Franklin High School For Finance & Technology in the Campus Magnet Complex, Cambria Heights, is a resident of Queens Village and an active student, to say the least.

Ajayi is in the school chapter of the National Honor Society, is an executive member of the Academic Community of Excellence, which encourages excellence by having students perform community service, is in the newspaper club and attended a journalism workshop at Baruch College, was a junior year class senator, is a defender on the Campus Magnet girls soccer team, assists during the yearly open house and parent teachers conferences at her school and is a member of the college and career readiness program called Project Prize from Queensborough Community College. Last year she also attended a conference organized by Blacks on Wall Street.

Academically, Ajayi has taken Advanced Placement college level classes in English language and composition and U.S. history, and currently is taking AP statistics, government and politics, and literature. In her sophomore year she was certified in Adobe Photoshop and last year was certified in Microsoft Excel. 

Outside of school, she is a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Choir and Teen Club, where she attends workshops. Ajayi is looking to major in business and film and minor in graphic design in college.

Student Profile: Austin Redondo

Austin Redondo is a senior at BFIT High School, who lives in South Ozone Park. Similarly to his friend Catherine Ajayi, Redondo is in the National Honor Society, is in the ACE Academic Community and helps freshmen and his peers adjust to high school, is in the journalism club and attended a workshop at Baruch College, attended the Blacks on Wall Street workshop for minorities and even helps teachers with their clerical chores, especially college advisor Mr. Clyde Bujan. Redondo helps ninth-grade practice global history test for the social studies department. He has been a member of the LGBT Club, the school newspaper and the STEM program.

Academically, Redondo has taken Advanced Placement college level classes in English literature (where he received a grade of four out of a possible five), government and politics and statistics. He is certified in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel. He is studying psychology at York College through College Now and is thinking of majoring in psychology in college. 

If you would like to be featured on a School Spotlight page, call Lisa LiCausi, Education Coordinator, at (718) 205-8000, Ext. 110. Online go to qchron.com/schoolnews.

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