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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Martin Van Buren High School Senior trip to the Catskills

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

The Martin Van Buren High School Senior trip went to Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, a hotel in Ellenville, New York. The trip was definitely worth it. The cost of $300 takes you on a three-day, two night adventure with all the food you can eat. After a two-hour bus ride you pull up to a pretty hotel where you get to share a room with up to four friends. You are presented with a plethora of of activities. You get to explore the hotel, visit the unlimited snack bar, go snow tubing, show off your moves at Wii’s Just Dance or round up a group of friends and play a boardgame in the lounge. After sitting down to a satisfying dinner with friends, it will be time to head back to your rooms. Not to sleep, but to get ready for an all night pizza dance party. This is only the first day.

When you hear knocking on your door at 7 a.m. you have two choices. Get up and get ready or smile for the picture of you as sleeping beauty which will wind up in the yearbook. If you get up you can enjoy a breakfast and then head to the roller skating rink. When you get back from the rink there is the indoor carnival. You can sooth your sore rear in a heated pool and the hot tub. There is always paint ball, a nature hike, open mike or a scavenger hunt. You you can always stop for lunch and then go to the all-you-can-eat snack bar. There is always a movie playing where you can relax and eat. Then there is the casino night where the first winner receives a free prom ticket. Second and third winners receive two free hours of limo service. You can mourn your loss by snuggling up with your friends at the campfire. Then after listening to a scary ghost story, head back to your room to get dolled up to go to the dance party which features ice cream also.

It’s Sunday morning after two days of running around and two nights of dancing until your feet feel they will fall off there’s no way you’ll get yup a 7:00 a.m. Too bad, so sad, more pictures taken of you in bed. Last time to have a nice meal with your friends then head to your room to pack but the fun is not quite over. For one last time you can go snow tubing in the 10 degree weather. Maybe you had enough excitement and would rather relax in the pool. Perhaps take a hike and look at nature which isn’t like Queens Village.

In conclusion, many students say the trip was totally worth the cost. Many students are looking forward to seeing the photos in the yearbook, some of those sleepy heads may not want to see their photo. (This photo shows Chanel Johnson and Chaela Parkes on a walk in the countryside. They seem real happy or do they look sleepy.)


Student Profile: Summera Shah

Senior Summera Shah, a resident of Queens Village, in Jamaica, is involved in many important activities in Martin Van Buren High School. She is the president of the Arista National Honor Society at MVBHS, is a vice president of the Student Organization, and is on the School Leadership Team, which consists of parents, teachers, supervisors, other staff members and two students which meets regularly to evaluate the programs in the school and propose any changes.

She is on the 2018 Yearbook Committee, is in the journalism class, which produces the school newspaper, is in the baking club, volunteers in the school library, volunteers for teachers during lunch, was a costume designer for the school Sing, is a member of the Scholars which is a school organization which encourages volunteerism, represented the school at the annual· high school fair for middle school students, and helped at the community fair, when community members are invited to visit the school to see it and have refreshments and have a band entertain them. Through the Scholars she tutors at nearby PS 18 and also was Teacher for a Day at PS 33 through Junior Achievements. Shah became involved with Summer Search, which is a program which mentors bright low-income students. She went on two trips through Summer Search. One summer she went on a pre-med trip to Nicaragua where she shadowed doctors, worked with a dentist, painted a hospital and built a bio-degradable bathroom in a poor community. A second trip last summer was backpacking in Arizona with a visit to the Grand Canyon.

She has taken College Now classes in genetics and health at York College and one in chemistry through Queensborough Community College. She would like to be a surgeon and perhaps attend the Sophie Davis Medical program at City College. There is a good chance that this might happen because three MVB students have been accepted to the Sophie Davis program in the past two years and because Shah is among the students with the highest average in the Class of 2018.

— Bob Harris

“High School Heroes”

Martin Van Buren High School students who are in the community service Scholars program recently spent two days teaching lessons to elementary school students in nearby PS 33 as part of the “High School Heroes” program sponsored by Junior Achievements. The adviser of the Scholars program, Ms. Pamela Fried at MVB, arranged for 70 students to prepare lessons on the family, and community and living in the world around them, which were provided by Junior Achievements. On March 2, the Scholars taught grades K, 1, and 2 and on March 23 they taught grades 3, 4, and 5. MVB students have been doing this for 15 years. Senior Sireka Khemai who is in the pre-med program felt that, “The children were fun to work with and I didn’t want to leave.” Senior Sidney Oscar who is also a pre-med student felt the activity was, “Wonderful and a scary experience.”

— Bob Harris

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