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Ozone Park senior is named Milken scholar

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:30 am

Harvard-bound Sarah Deonarain is the only student in Queens to be named a Milken scholar this year, a distinction that includes a $10,000 scholarship.

Deonarain, a senior at Townsend Harris High School who lives in Ozone Park, is one of only six Milken Scholars in New York City.

The program, established in 1989 by financier Michael Milken and his wife Lori, selects 100 students nationwide from nominations made by school officials.

The unusual aspect of being named a Milken scholar is that the honor includes, besides the money, a support network of career and academic counselors, former scholars and a series of annual conferences.

Deonarain is credited with lobbying the Townsend Harris faculty to re-instate the school’s debate team which had been defunct for nearly a decade.

An Advanced Placement scholar with honors, she is the concertmaster of the school wind ensemble, director of S!NG, a musical theater competition at Townsend Harris, and the editor of the Phoenix, the student literary magazine.

Deonarain was an intern for Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), where she organized tree-planting projects and other community events.

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