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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Richmond Hill HS Latest Happenings

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 am

Robotics Team on the Move

The Richmond Hill HS Robotics team, called “The HyperDrive Robotics Team 6593,” will compete in the annual First Robotics Competition, in the Hudson Valley, the local region for the national competition.

The competition will continue throughout the United States as a way to stimulate technology development in high schools. Schools each receive a box with the same parts and are tasked to build a robot. This year, the robot has to move large balls which carry cargo such as rocket fuel. The idea is for the robot to move the balls with a piston from the supply ship to the space station, the way it will actually be done by NASA. The team which scores the most points, completing all the assignments is declared the winner.

The adviser of the team is Information technology specialist Tony Kistoo.

Student Profile: Hashley Fermin

Hashley Fermin is the senior class president at Richmond Hill High School. She is in the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism program, where she learns about business and helps raise money to support a cure for lymphoma and leukemia. In addition, as president of the senior class she works with Senior Advisor and social studies teacher Ms. Doobay to plan senior activities efficiently take place. Her activities include conducting meetings, coordinating events, collecting canned food and dry foods for the needy (which collected $2,000 this year), collecting coats (75 this year were donated), toys for the River Fund and the 2019 Prom. She is also preparing for an open mic karaoke event for students, where they will perform at an event which is also open to the community to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and also coordinate the Pennies for Patients Collection which usually raises $1,000. She is also helping Ms. Doobay, who is leading a cultural event to Italy during spring break. Fermin has been active as a Student Organization representative and junior class secretary, is in the law club, leadership class, talent show, and taught students at P.S.’s 90 and 56 using prepared lessons on government and the community, represented Richmond Hill HS at the high school fair, is on the yearbook staff, is cashier in the school store and is the manager of sales and marketing in her virtual enterprise class.

Academically, she is in ARISTA National Honor Society, has taken Advanced Placement college level classes in English,  and Spanish, and is now taking AP economics, took College Now classes through York College in Spanish, world history, and pre-calculus and has applied to the University of Southern Florida, Valencia College and St. John’s University, with the plan of becoming a plastic surgeon.

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