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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Martin Van Buren High School Student Profiles

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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00 am

This is the latest group of student profiles from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village.

Nisha Troup • Student Profile

Nisha Troup is a junior at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, and has the important position as treasurer of the Student Organization and she has been chosen as a member of the Sophie Davis Mentorship Program of the City of New York. As the treasurer she is responsibile for counting the money raised from candy sales and from students paying various dues to the S.O. and paying for trips. As a mentor with the Sophie Davis Medical School, she spent July at the school attending meetings about diseases, various fields of medicine and preparing to take the SAT examination. The Sophie Davis program is a prestigious six-year program which combines college and medical school.

She is also on the varsity track and field team, in the baking club, the robotics club, the Scholars and Arista community service group, volunteers at the Windsor Park Nursing Home and at a homeless shelter during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hamid Bhatti • Student Profile

Hamid Bhatti is a senior Pre-Med/Pre-Nursing student at MVBHS. He is vice president of the student government executive board and is in the Scholars/ARISTA program, to name a few.

Academically, he is taking Advanced Placement classes in U.S. history, biology and composition and has been receiving near-perfect grades. After school, he takes a speech class and joins the Hive Five club, where students pick one topic to discuss in detail every month.

Bhatti plans to enter the medical field, perhaps as an anesthesiologist. He volunteers at the trauma desk of a hospital and helps the doctors fill out reports. Last summer he volunteered at the reception desk of Mount Sinai Hospital. He hopes to enter the CUNY Sophie Davis program or St. John’s pharmaceutical program. He also works in his family’s garage after school to earn some money.  

Currently, he is close to being the graduation class valedictorian.

Monica Deonarine • Student Profile

During the school’s Thanksgiving Feast, Monica Deonarine acted as the gatekeeper for the students entering the Student Organization office for the event. She also found time to take photos as she often does for the school newspaper and yearbook which are coordinated by COSA Mr. Brian Greenspan. For the past year Monica has devoted a lot of time helping Mr. Greenspan in the S.O. Office because he is such a friendly person and because he has bonded with her since her mother suddenly died in April 2017. At home, she is basically taking care of her younger sister who has type 1 diabetes since her father works all the time. She finds friendship with the people in the S.O. at Martin Van Buren High School. She is a S.O. representative, gives out BeeBucks, delivers valentines, helps during open school nights, helps at International Festivals, represents the school at high school fairs for middle school students, volunteers with the S.O.A.R. program in school by counseling, mentoring and tutoring other students, and volunteers at LIJ Hospital through a program at her high school where she plays games, reads to and just spends quality time with the children in the Pediatric Department. She plans to attend Queensborough Community College, then a four-year college and go on to become a pediatrician.

Mame Diarra Faye • Student Profile

Mame Diarra Faye is a junior at MVBHS, who lives in Jamaica.  Her parents came from Senegal, West Africa, but she was born in Miami, Fla.

She is in the Robotics and Design Program, is the president of the  Girls Who Code Club, which meets to learn how to code better and teach others to Code, is in the MVB Research Program with Science teacher Ms. Wong and is planning to do research with MS. Wong on coral reefs in Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California this summer. She is active in the Junior Achievement program, which teaches elementary school students about communities and the government; is a member of the Scholars Board and is active in the Student Organization. She also likes to sing and has sung at school events such as the International Festival, the Talent Show, school chorus performances and the ARISTA induction ceremony. Faye is a college leader who helps students in the College Office.

She has founded a group called the Save the Children Organization, which works to help the street children of Senegal by telling their stories and showing pictures of their plight. Her cousin rents a building there where they are taught to read and write. An Instagram page about the group is savethechildren. Her future plans include a career in science probably in chemistry. 

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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