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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Hillcrest High School Happenings

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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019 12:00 am

Here's a snapshot of the latest happenings at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica.

BIZ/TEK learning to be GREEN

Hillcrest High School has a modern BIZ/TEK Small Learning Community which provides a Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing program. The class is taught by Career and Technical Education teacher Mr. William Aghassi, P.E.  Students are taught to build bridges out of wood strips or one piece of paper, towers with plastic straws, tape and paper clips, design Formula One race cars which run on CO2 cylinders, and to use the software V-Carve, which can design and carve plaques out of wood. The students are also enrolled in the ACE Internship Program, where they worked at architectural, civil engineering and construction firms in Manhattan to build the various structures mentioned. Some of the bridges were designed to hold a gallon container of water. The winning structure was the one that could hold up the gallon of water.

Some students who were interviewed, shown here with  Mr. William Aghassi (center), were Tasif Taher, left, who wants to become an architect, Dhanrha Dindial who wants to be an electrical engineer, Giovani Gonzalez who wants to be an architect and construction manager, Alex Briegelall who wants to be a civil engineer and patent lawyer, Zariah Dehaaite who wants to be an obstetrician, and Sharif Ahmed who wants to be an architect. Mr. Aghassi has taken the class on trips to NYC College of Technology, and Vaughn College. He says that his students, like many of our families, are the first to attend college and start the American dream.

Food Drive

Hillcrest HIgh Student Leadership Class member Dawa Sherpa and Student Organization President Elmer Gomez are standing behind a cart full of boxes of canned food and sustainable food for donation to City Harvest.  

The activity was coordinated by Student Government Adviser and School Leadership Class teacher Ms. Hydee Recinos.

Zeb balances service, law and ... bowling

Selena Zeb, a junior in the Public Service & Law Small Learning Community in Hillcrest High School, is preparing a board to be displayed in the common area which shows Growth Mind Set. Zeb is a law major who is also on the school Bowling team. 

Student-athlete looking to compete in college

Favour Onyinyechi Anyalewechi is a senior from Hillcrest High School who came from Nigeria. She saw an advertisement for a Wendy’s High School Heisman 2018 Athletic Scholarship so she applied and won as a member of her school. She is on the school girls bowling and track teams, is in the art club, volunteers in the school library and is in the club Teens On Point, which helps students adjust to school, pass their subjects and graduate. She would like to attend Howard University or the University of Buffalo and study biology, nursing or medicine.

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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