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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Martin Van Buren High School Happenings

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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:00 am

The Consultative Council is a group of student government members at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, who meet monthly with Principal Sam Sachet to discuss issues of concern to the students or the administration. The council is supervised by coordinator of Student Affairs Mr. Brian Greenspan, back center. One example of cooperation between students and staff was a complaint that some students were stopping to socialize between periods, thus causing traffic jams. The administration listened and sent some deans to clear the bottleneck and now everyone is on time for class.

Two S.O.A.R. students Ash Bakshi, left, and Naji Aris came back to Martin Van Buren HS to visit their teacher Ms. Rose Charletta Rozzell, center, who is a mental health counselor. S.O,A.R. stands for Student Opportunities for Achievement and Readiness which is a mental health counseling program offered through the Central Queens Y. The administration of Martin Van Buren High School felt that having a place where students felt comfortable and safe and where an adult could talk to them would be beneficial. In fact, Naji received college credit form College Now courses taken while a student at MVB. The two men are now students at Queensborough Community College.

Student Profiles: Stephanie Oscar & Rafi Islam

Stephanie Oscar, a resident of Queens Village, is a senior scholar and Arista member at MVB HS. As vice president of Arista, she has volunteered at nearby elementary schools through Junior Achievements helped during Career Day, helped at the International Festival, took part in the breast cancer Walk and helped during Recognition Night, which raised money for leukemia.

When Oscar went with the school to visit the Financial Industry Regulative Authority in the Federal Reserve Building, she learned about how the economy works and also toured the New York Stock Exchange, which made her think about future career choices. She had attended PS 95 and IS 238, where she did volunteer work also. She volunteers Sundays at her church in Jamaica.

Academically, Stephanie Oscar has taken AP college level courses in U.S. history, biology, environmental science and is now taking English literature. She is currently in the nursing program at MVB HS. She has applied for several scholarships for Haitian-Americans and would like to attend Howard University. Her philosophy is, “To be someone who is reliable and trustworthy.”

Rafi Islam, a senior at MVBHS, also lives in Queens Village. He is very active as the treasurer of the senior class.  For the Student Organization, he volunteers in the S. O. office. He also participates in the Key Club, journalism class, soccer team, chess club, track team, cricket team and has volunteered for many after school events.

Outside of school, Islam works with his cousins selling Bengali food at street fairs and other events to promote their culture. The food is cooked by their mother and their business is licensed by the city.  He plans to operate a business in the future, perhaps in the food business as well.

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