Townsend Harris H.S.Celebrates Intel Award
Townsend Harris H.S. at Queens College held a community-wide celebration on November 21 after the school was named the recipient of the Intel 2008 School of Distinction for Science Excellence award. Newly appointed Principal Kenneth Bonamo and Susan Brustein, Assistant Principal of Science and Technology, were joined in the festivities by the Townsend Harris H.S. science faculty, students, and community leaders.
Deputy Mayor Dennis Wolcott began the program with a greeting from the mayor, followed by Queens College Professor Emeritus Marvin Leiner (Townsend Harris H.S. '44), who noted the college's long and close affiliation with the school. Doug Comer of Intel pointed out in presenting the award that the Intel Award is a massive achievement and that Townsend Harris H.S. was the most qualified high school in the competition.
Brustein was lauded for transforming the school's science department into one of the finest in the country. Although known for its humanities curriculum, Townsend Harris H.S. has recently received top honors in many national science competitions. Brustein in turn praised the faculty and students.
Consolidated Edison, a corporate sponsor of the Townsend Harris H.S. science department, was represented by Alfred Harris. State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymembers Ellen Young, Rory Lancman and Mark Weprin also attended the ceremony. Bonnie Laboy, Queens High School superintendent, representing the city Department of Education, was also in attendance and heaped praise upon the school, former Principal Tom Cunningham and his successor.
Phillip Jones, a member of the Townsend Harris H.S. science faculty, shepherded students Heriselda Begaj, Reynaldo Lopez, Shama Rahman and Sadik Uddin through a demonstration of their robotics studies. The four also made other related presentations. Guests toured the school after the program concluded.