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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Student focus: Martin Van Buren High School

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:30 am

Student Organization Executive Board

Members of the Student Organization Executive Board at Van Buren HS, left, are responsible for planning and executing all of the special events, extra curricular activities and fundraisers for the school. The SO is shown in Coordinator of Student Affairs Brian Greenspan’s office … with Chewbacca standing behind the group.

Leilani Ross-Graham

Leilani Ross-Graham, from South Ozone Park, is a junior in the Pre-Law/Leadership program in Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, where she is involved in the moot court, mock trial, Scholars Organization and Model United Nations in her school. The Scholars perform school and community service such as tutoring students in MVBHS, at PS 18 and, in Leilani’s case, helping her mother at City Tech by organizing financial aid papers for students. In the new Model United Nations class taught by Assistant Principal Kevin Shult, the class is currently having a discussion on human trafficing in the United States and will be visiting the United Nations. She also attends the High School Law Institute at NYU on Saturdays and hopes to attend either NYU or Columbia to study business or civil rights law.

Standout students in law and finance

Priya Ramcharan is a junior who lives in Richmond Hills and is the eleventh-grade treasurer for the student government. She collects money for student events, dances in school talent shows, is in the school Drumline, while studying piano and guitar. She is in the Law & Humanities Institute in MVBHS and plans to attend SUNY Stony Brook to study anthropology. On the right, Ramcharan is counting recently collected money at a school fundraiser.

Harmonia Kathleen Peet, a junior at MVBHS, has been chosen to represent her school and her country at a Moot Court competition at the Hague in Holland.

The Moot Court is an activity advised by aocial studies teacher Mr. Ralph Tucker. The students are given an appeals court case which the students have to argue for or against. Peet is the president of the Student Organization and in the Pre-Law/Leadership Small Learning Community.

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