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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Recent events at Hillcrest High School

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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 11:19 am

Hillcrest Profile: Student Organization President Michelle Rendon

Michelle Rendon is the president of the Student Organization at Hillcrest High School. She works closely with Student Government adviser Ms. Haydee Recinos to organize activities for the students such as blood drives, food drives, a pep rally, trips, the senior prom, the annual breast cancer walk and a senior trip. She works with other students from the leadership class and the student government to keep the whole student body informed of charity fundraisers and other events.

She is in the Teachers of Tomorrow Small Leadership Community and tutors at local schools namely PS 48 and 149, but currently feels that she may want to enter the medical field as a nurse or a physician’s assistant.

Other activities she is involved with are the volleyball club, indoor track and field team, the pump club organized by Mr. Ashook Maystry which tutors students who need help in chemistry, and Scholars-on-Point, which is composed of seniors who help juniors evaluate college choices and to apply to college. She also volunteers for several teachers to organize their papers and put up bulletin boards.

Due to her tutoring at local schools she obtained an internship at PS 149 in the Read Alliance to read to children after school and an Internship with the Student Youth Employment Program in PS 149 in Jackson Heights where she was an assistant in the summer camp.

She is applying for a Questbridge Scholarship, which would help her get accepted into an Ivy League school such as Columbia University or an elite college like Stanford University.


The Hillcrest High School student newspaper, “The Highlighter,” won the 2016 Best Print Newspaper award in the Newsies Journalism Contest for New York City schools and earned a total of eight awards.

Hoping to keep the momentum going in 2017-18, Ms. Stella Boghosian, the director of the Academy of Media, Arts & Music Institute, is shown teaching her journalism class, where the students in the class will write stories and produce the school newspaper.


Hillcrest upgraded the student cafeteria over the summer, making the new food service area in the cafeteria look like it’s in a college setting.

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