2017-07-19 / Features

Remarkable Achievement Awards Students Recognized by Chancellor Farina at CitiField

By Dr. Dan Miller and Robert J. Elkin

Chancellor Carmen Farina is joined by the student winners of the 2017 Remarkable Achievement Awards at the Foxwood Club at Citi Field

Chancellor Carmen Farina is joined by the student winners of the 2017 Remarkable Achievement Awards at the Foxwood Club at Citi Field On Monday July 17 New York City Public School’s chancellor Carmen Farina recognized 100 school graduates who have earned the Remarkable Achievement Awards designation.

The Chancellor made the announcement at Citi Field just prior to the Mets-Cardinals game in Flushing Queens. The Chancellor’s Remarkable Achievement Awards recognizes and honors graduating seniors from the New York City public schools who have overcome significant personal obstacles or academic challenges such as homelessness, illness as well as language barriers to earn their high school diploma.

The achievement award winners came to the awards ceremony with many personal stories that validated their efforts to overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives that made it difficult, if not almost impossible for them to succeed in school let along graduate with honors.

Standing in the Foxwoods Room on level five at Citi Field Chancellor Farina said, “The students receiving these rewards bring stories of resilience, passion, and hope from across all five boroughs, and it is an honor to celebrate them and their families.”

Richard Borday, a graduate from Franklin K. Lane HS in Queens was at Chancellor Carmen Farina with City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.  
Chancellor Carmen Farina with City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. Citi Field to receive his special certificate. He struggled in school, not speaking English, thus overcoming a language barrier. But sports was his salvation. A stand out soccer and baseball star at F.K. Lane Richard was happy to be there with his friend and baseball teammate Surad Sarad, also an ESL student who overcame a language barrier to play the games he loves, baseball and basketball. A standout in both sports he can now add the Remarkable Achievement Award to his mantel.

Each award winner was nominated by a school teacher, a principal or other school supervisor or administrator, mentor, or counselor for their extraordinary efforts to overcome great obstacles that hindered them from learning in school.

The 99 award winners came from all five boroughs with Queens and Brooklyn boasting the most awardees. Queens and Brooklyn had 26 award winners each, 24 came from Manhattan, 19 from the Bronx and 4 hailed from Staten Island.

Anthony Arrelano, a graduate of Pan American International HS in East Elmhurst, is now a happy resident of Corona Queens, just a stone’s throw from Citi Field, had made great strides to overcome his language and culture barrier. He left his native country, leaving his family behind to find peace and tranquility, something that was unheard of in his native country.

Anthony Arellano, Remarkable Achievement Award winner with his guidance counselor Shirley Torres and her family, Andre Torres and 9-year old son Jayden, a student at PS 49 in Middle Village.Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESAnthony Arellano, Remarkable Achievement Award winner with his guidance counselor Shirley Torres and her family, Andre Torres and 9-year old son Jayden, a student at PS 49 in Middle Village.Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESHis guidance counselor, Ms. Shirley Torres, is a three year veteran with the New York City Department of Education. As she put it, “Wonderful years.” She met Anthony three years ago when they both came to Pan American International High School in Elmhurst, Queens.  Ms. Torres told the Gazette that when she first met Anthony three years earlier When I met Anthony about three years ago he was very shy, but very motivated. He had been in the United Sates less than three years. He learned English very quickly.  He did amazing in all his classes. And what I see in Anthony is resilience. He definitely stood out and I wanted to nominate him.” Anthony will be attending York College in the fall.” “I am so happy to be here in America. My dream has come true,” said a very proud Anthony Arrelano.  Anthony is also the first in his family to ever go to college.

Also on hand to celebrate Anthon’s achievement were MS. Torres’ family, her husband Andrei and her 9 year old son Jayden, a student at PS 49 in Middle Village, Queens.

“The Mets are excited to host the Remarkable Achievement Awards ceremony at Citi Field once again said Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon. We are privileged to showcase some of New York City’s most inspiring students. Their persistence and determination in the face of great hurdles make them truly remarkable.”


 


 

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