Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

Our voices are powerful.  By Karl Valere This isn’t simply true for when we yell at the top of our lungs, but rather each time that we are able to share ideas or stories that are meaningful, we exercise a form of power.  Stories to which others can relate have the power to resonate deeply … Continue reading Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

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Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District Elmont Memorial senior Michael Bailey has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. One of only 25 New York State high school seniors nominated for the prestigious award, the Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The award honors one male … Continue reading Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

A Year In Review: Elmont’s Top 20 Moments of 2016

By Karl Valere Dear Neighbors, What a year it's been! 2016 will likely go down in history as a year filled with amazing highs and heartbreaking lows. Elmont was not immune to this trend, as the community experienced historic milestones and suffered intense losses. This year saw Elmont Alumni living out their dreams, while doing wonderful and exciting things … Continue reading A Year In Review: Elmont’s Top 20 Moments of 2016

Elmont Graduate Becomes a Doctor, Triumphs in the Face of Sickle-Cell Disease

  Meet Melissa Jackson. Melissa graduated from Elmont Memorial High School in 2006. After graduating, Melissa attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York, where she was a Jackie Robinson scholarship award recipient from 2006-2010. Melissa graduated magna cum laude from Sophie Davis and was accepted into Dartmouth Medical School. She then graduated … Continue reading Elmont Graduate Becomes a Doctor, Triumphs in the Face of Sickle-Cell Disease

Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

We Are Elmont Founder and Public Allies New York (’14) alum, Karl Valere, featured in a recent interview:

“Let us not shrink and allow anybody even our own selves to make us feel small. Get big. Dream big. Do good.”

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When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and this country, and we love living in this country. That’s who we are. That’s why we’re here.”

Despite his parents’ encouragement, when he was about 7 years old, Karl admits that when someone would ask him about his background, he sometimes responded by saying he was Cuban. “I actually sort of bent under the pressure of the stigma that was associated with Haitians,” Karl says. “For me, that was a survival tactic.”

Today, Karl is not only proud of his Haitian heritage, but the 26-year-old young man has committed himself to fighting for Haitian and other Caribbean communities in New York. Karl graduated from Public Allies New York’s…

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Higher Heights: An Interview with High Jumper Alexander Bowen Jr.

Higher Heights. For us, the phrase isn't just a hashtag or a tagline, but a powerful declaration. A call to action. An affirmation of excellence. An aspirational ideal rooted in a relentless work ethic and a commitment to always improving. We needn't look any further for the physical embodiment of excellence than to behold Elmont's … Continue reading Higher Heights: An Interview with High Jumper Alexander Bowen Jr.

DÉJÀ VU: Elmont Valedictorian, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Accepted Into 8 Ivy League Universities & MIT

For a second consecutive year, an Elmont Memorial High School senior has been accepted into each of the prestigious eight Ivy League Universities across the country, not to mention the world-renowned MIT. Just a year ago, Elmont's Class of 2015 Salutatorian, Harold Ekeh, made a splash in local and national news headlines when he, too, … Continue reading DÉJÀ VU: Elmont Valedictorian, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Accepted Into 8 Ivy League Universities & MIT

Elmont Track Team Races to Cornell University

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District Seven student-athletes from Elmont Memorial’s track team qualified for the 2015-16 Winter Track State Meet at Cornell University on March 4-5. Congratulations to Coach Mike Graham and the following students: 4x200m Relay (Girls) Adrienne Barnes Brianna Harris Christal Thompson Khalia Whyte Briyanna Jones (alternate) 55m Dash (Girls) Erykah Camal … Continue reading Elmont Track Team Races to Cornell University

Elmont Class of 2016 Valedictorian Named Intel Science Talent Search National Finalist

Source: Elmont Memorial High School The [Sewanhaka Central High School] District is thrilled to announce that Elmont Memorial valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a 2016 Intel Science Talent Search finalist. Augusta was recognized for her project, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications,” which she conducted in the Civil Engineering and … Continue reading Elmont Class of 2016 Valedictorian Named Intel Science Talent Search National Finalist

Young Elmont Men Feed the Homeless of New York City

Days before his 22nd birthday, Elmont native, Daniel Alexis, decided he wanted to do something different to celebrate this year: The Class of 2012 graduate rounded up all of his friends in Elmont and set out on a mission to feed the homeless of New York City. "I believe the greatest gift God gave us is … Continue reading Young Elmont Men Feed the Homeless of New York City