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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Focus on outstanding students at Martin Van Buren High School

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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:30 am

Scholars’ President Urooj Malik

Urooj Malik, a senior in Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, who lives in Bellerose and is president of the community service group called The Scholars. Her adviser, English teacher Ms. Pamela Fried who is also advisor to ARISTA, describes her as, “Someone who has a way of making everything look easy. When other students are overwhelmed with Advanced Placement College level classes and other work, Urooj just gets the job done.”

She is in the pre-med program at MVB HS and hopes to attend St. John’s University and study Pharmacy.

As the Scholars’ president she helps plan events and coordinates the volunteer work of the other Scholars. She is secretary of the Student Government, on the yearbook committee, on the Tennis team and does costume design for the school SING.

Malik also has taken part in the International Festival, the Auction Carnival, assisting at Parent Teachers Conferences, school blood drives, the Fashion Show and Career Day. She also helped paint the school as part of volunteer weekends, assisted at Student Recognition Night, helped organize SING, did trick or treating for UNICEF, and helped with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraising.

Academically, Malik has has taken Advanced Placement college level classes in language and composition, biology, calculus, U.S. history, computer science, chemistry, and literature. she also has taken a SUPA economics and government course through Syracuse University.

Junior Class President Kanza Choudhury

The Junior Class President for the Student Organization is Kanza Choudhury. She works with the Coordinator of Student Affairs, Mr. Brian Greenspan, to plan events for the school, which include a talent show, international night, visits to the school by alumni, selling birthday balloons and trips to places like CitiField. She also helps with the 100-club, in which a student who receives a 100 on a test can receive a treat to eat and encourages school spirit events like Jersey Day at school.

Choudhury is on the soccer team, was on the track team and was in the journalism club. She took part in the Summer Search program which is designed to empower students, took Queensborough Community College College Now courses in speech and fine arts and is now taking English 101. She is thinking of applying to CCNY’s pre-med Sophie Davis Biomedical program. Outside of school, she is an orange belt after three years of karate.

Student Government new program — Beebucks

The Student Government of MVB HS has a special program called Beebucks. Named after the school’s bee mascot, Beebucks are issued by teachers to students as a reward or incentive.

Improved attendance and excellent test scores are just two of many ways a student can earn a Beebuck. Students Maria Jillah, left, and Parmjit Chahal send the Beebucks to the students after they have been nominated, with Chahal as the Beebucks Officer. The student brings the Beebuck to the Student Government Office and they can either redeem it for a snack on the spot, or save it for one of the school’s monthly Beebuck raffles, in which more valuable prizes are offered, even an iPad mini and Amazon Kindle Fire.

College interns

MVB HS again has St. Johns University College advisory graduate assistants as interns in the college office for the current school year. They work with College Adviser Christine Stamberg to help seniors apply for financial aid, evaluate colleges, prepare applications and check college prerequisites.

The interns, in the college office are Justin Young, left, and Elizabeth Gallo who both live in Queens. receive college credit and learn a great deal while the leaders receive service credit and a great recommendation, plus a great deal about colleges.

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