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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Pan American International High School Happenings

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 12:00 am

Peer Group Connection Makes an Impact

Pan American International High School has a program called Peer Group Connection, PGC students are volunteers who mentor freshmen, provide social and emotional information to the new students and do various public service activities. Under the guidance of  Mr. Indelicato, with help from, Ms. Patel, Ms. Aquino and Ms. Regalado, upper-grade students are taught teaching techniques, how to interact with lower-grade students and the knowledge and skills the younger students will need to adapt to high school and be prepared to the enter college or seek a job. The freshmen students are taught how to study, do homework, budget their time and survive the first year of high school.

In April, the PGC students helped the school host a full day of Autism Day activities. During Autism Day, the PGC students wore blue T-shirts, left, and discussed autism with groups of students in classrooms to create an awareness about autism, explained what it is because no definite cause of the problem has been discovered. They also sold refreshments as a way to raise money for Autism research. The Peer Group Connections students are shown with Mr. Indelicato (second from left), after they set up for the event in the main lobby of PAIHS on the third floor of the Elmhurst Educational Campus. On the right is a circle they set up for weekly meetings.

Student profile: Senior Luis Reyes

Luis Reyes, a senior at the Pan American International High School in Elmhurst, is the vice president of the senior class of 2019. He is active on the consultative council, which is the group of student government members who meet with the principal to discuss issues of mutual concern. He is in the Peer Group Connection and is on the dance team. He also volunteers for teachers in many ways such as teaching English and with Spirit Week, when students dressed up in costumes to take photos for the graduate yearbook, as well as the Halloween Party, International Night and other school events. Reyes is a member of Pride Life which enriches the members with trips such as to Albany to learn how laws are passed and how the government operates.

Outside of school he is on a youth dance team which does salsa, African dance and dance to honor the cultures of the various members.

Academically, Reyes is taking College Now College courses in Latinos in the United States and reading. He is applying to St. Joseph’s College, SUNY New Paltz and Brooklyn College, with plans to be a bilingual teacher or a psychologist.

Seniors at PAIHS are shown taking their senior photos in the campus library by the Real Photos Company for the 2019 Yearbook, which will be a treasured keepsake for the school graduates. The event was supervised by Coordinator of Student Affairs (and science teacher) Ms. Rax-Ann Miller.

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