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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Martin Van Buren High School highlights recent school events

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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:04 pm

College march:

The school band is enlisted to call attention to the annual College March around the school. College Advisor Christine Stamburg gathers all the students who have received college acceptance letters and marches them and staff members around carrying signs so other student are encouraged to apply to college.

Blood drive:

The New York Blood Center held a drive at Martin Van Buren High School, Queens Village, with 40 pints of blood collected from students, left, and staff. This annual event was coordinate by Mr. Greenspan. Junior Christine Olibrice, right, is shown donating blood. She is an engineering student, in the Scholars Institute and on the girls volleyball team, while juggling a college-level class load.

Wacky costumes:

Student Davion Reeves is dressed as a squid, left. On the right, four girls dressed up for Spirit Week’s Wacky Wednesday. These fun events, coordinated by Mr. Greenspan, the yearbook advisor, create memories of the students’ high school years and the pictures are perfect for the school yearbook.

Student Profile: Riddlechy Regis

Two years ago Riddlechy Regis came to our country from Haiti and is now ready to graduate from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village and study business administration at Baruch College in the fall.

Academically, she has passed six Regents examinations and has maintained an 88 average during the past two years. She has taken English and government honors classes plus College Now business organization and management, English communication I, speech communications and math classes through a joint program with Queensborough Community College. Next term, she plans to take chemistry and another math College Now class.

At MVB, Regis is captain of the varsity girls soccer team, vice-president of the Multicultural Club, helps Mr. Brian Greenspan in the Student Government Office, is a monitor in the College Office and tutors fellow students in Algebra I and History, plus tutors students who are in S.O.A.R. which is a counseling program as part of her duties in the Scholars Institute. She was offered a soccer scholarship from Monroe College but they do not have the Business courses she wants to study, so she decined it.

She is the first person in her family to speak English and who is going to college. Naturally, she did receive a grade of 98 in her native French at MVB.

Alumni Spotlight: Kenley Nicolas

With the term over at Queens College, Kenley Nicolas came back to visit his favorite teachers at Martin Van Buren HS just prior to their holiday vacation.

In the Scholars room he visited with the advisor Ms. Pamela Fried, whom he praised and who praised him.

Nicholas praised the MVB guidance counselors with whom he did service and who helped him in many ways. He spoke of the Scholars Institute helping him “obtain a sense of time utilization and to do projects effectively within the time available.” He also felt that “he was exposed to things outside the school during his community service and his meeting alumni such as John Bauman during Celebration Day at the school.”

Ms. Fried praised Nicholas as “someone who came to the Scholars Office daily to do what he could to help.” He remembers the good times he had being technical advisor for the Scholars Institute, helping out the Robotics Team and helping in the Student Government Office. He is studying computer science at Queens College.

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