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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT 2017-18 Hillcrest faculty and staff photo and student profiles

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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:30 am

2017-18 Hillcrest High School students and faculty pose for the camera.


Student Profiles: Maya Venkersammy and Rishta Rangia

Maya Venkersammy

English teacher Erica Ruiz’s Creative Writing class in the Academy of Media, Arts & Music, one of the nine Small Learning Communities in Hillcrest High School, in Jamaica Hills, has published their second Literary Magazine of the school year. The Editor-in-chief was junior/senior Maya Venkersammy, while the writing director was Kaydian Walker with Kathy Vargas as the creative director. The class has entered the Children’s Story Writing Competition and is producing a 16 to 24 page booklet for the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge sponsored by the B’nai Brith.

Maya Venkersammy is credited by Ms. Ruiz with really helping create the literary magazine called “The Notion” because she taught the students how to do Photoshop and did the layout. Maya is really a junior but has decided to graduate early so she will attend Baruch College to study marketing after her junior year this June. She likes to draw, was the editor of the school newspaper in her freshman year and is in the school honor society called ARISTA in New York City. The third edition of “The Notion” will be published in May 2018. Ms. Stella Boghosian is the director of the Academy of Media, Arts & Music.

Rishta Rangia

Rishta Rangia is the Senior Class Vice President at Hillcrest High School. For the past two years she has been in the Leadership Class of Student Government Adviser Ms. Haydee Recinos and has been involved in many school activities. The Leadership Class students work to raise awareness by the students of the many community activities which the school provides such as raising money for UNICEF, raising money for the March of Dimes, food drives, clothing drives, and the annual blood drive. She not only takes part in these activities but she helps plan them with other student leaders. Another activity she performs is to go to the principal’s office every morning and make the morning announcements over the public address system.

Rangia has also performed in the school’s Spring Festival, volunteered during the parent teacher conferences and is on the Yearbook Committee and in the ARISTA National Honor Society. For a long time, she has wanted to be an interior designer and with the aid of her art teacher Ms. Karoline Varoski, she is a Design Scholar on Monday afternoons at the Cooper Hewitt Design School in Manhattan and plans to attend Queens College. She is in the Academy of Media, Arts & Music.

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