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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Focus on students and events at Richmond Hill High School

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:30 am

Focus on Students:

Student President Soribel Estevez Batista

Senior Soribel Estevez Batista as Student Association President represents the student population, as the head of the Student Leadership Team to solve dilemmas and to lead the students in activities. As the leader of the Leadership of the school she helps facilitate events in the school such as the blood drives, Breast Cancer Walk, Lymphoma Society collections, Pennies for Patients, talent shows, the Family Community Night, and Pep Rallies.

She is also the Captain of the Law Club and helps other aspiring lawyers to participate in the Mock Trial program. The students are given a court case and must act it out in a real courtroom in front of a real judge with a decision being reached. She is also the overseer of the school store, counts the money, keeps the records, maintains the inventory and makes sure the merchandise is what the students want.

As one of the captains of the bowling team she helps teach the beginners the tricks of bowling.

Student Government Leaders

Left, are some of the Student Government Leaders at Richmond Hill HS. They organize events such as three blood drives every year, Breast Cancer Walks, Pep Rallies, a Community Family Night, a Strawberry Festival, and a talent show. They meet monthly with Principal Neil Ganesh at consultative meetings where they discuss things of concern to all parties such as the physical maintenance of the building or anything bothering anybody. They feel that their job is to encourage school spirit and make the high school experience memorable. Overseeing all these activities is the Coordinator of Student Affairs or COSA Janika Doobay.

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Richmond Hill high prepares students for a career. This is a student-run class operating like a business. The students make their own rules, host their own events and fund raise. They do job shadowing such as at Microsoft and go to the Jets’ Stadium to meet employees, make commercials, study customer service, can go on paid internships in their junior year, can obtain Microsoft Certification, supported by SAYA the PTA, and create their own website. Their mentor is Mr. E. Joseph and the Director of the Academy is Mr. F. McCormick. The program is sponsored by the National Academy Foundation and follows the NAF curriculum. The photo, right, shows CEO Abiba Dyuti, left, and CFO Tifffany Calle.

Robotics Team

Richmond Hill High School robust Robotics Team is building a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams all over the United States receive boxes with identical parts. Using these parts the students build a robot that will do a specific task. The partly finished robot is shown in the photo with some of the club members and their adviser, Director of Technology Tony Kistoo. The robot’s vertical poles will move up and are supposed to attach to a box which it will have to place onto a shelf and also pull itself up. The winning robot will be able to do all these things without breaking down. The Captain of the team is Aaron Omadutt.

Also ...

A large bulletin boards located on the first floor of Richmond Hill High School is full of color coded boxes for the names of all the students. The colors show if the students are meeting the requirements for graduation such as Regents passed and credits needed for graduation. Red means a student is off track, yellow means improvement is needed and green mean the student is on track. The words “ARE YOU GREEN” is a reminder for students.

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