And the Oscar goes to Emani

A star is born: Emani Tierra at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

Borough Wide

Hats off to Emani-Tierra. She’s a dancer, model, actress, and one heck of a student at the Gramercy Performing Arts HS in that other borough, Manhattan. Recently, the twinkling, twirling, tapping native daughter performed at Lincoln Center’s “Arts Festival for the Arts Education Institute.” According to her Facebook page, Emani “loves all things glam, perfecting my catwalk, dance and laughing.” Our Standing O pal will go far, she’s as beautiful inside as she is outside, she volunteers in her community, is active in teen AIDS advocacy, and she’s even traveled to South Africa in support of the group, as well as participated in a whole lot of clean-ups around her community.

Standing O can’t wait to say “We remember her when…” after she hits the bright lights of Broadway and the silver screen.

Sunset Park

Wax on — wax off

Tighten your black belts and get ready for the competition of the century. You heard right, the century. Arron Banks, 10th degree black belt, promoter, actor, and master of the broken boards is presenting the US Karate Tournament on May 20. The event, which pits students from the Sunset Park Martial Arts Studio, led by Master Hector Arias, against martial art practitioners from other dojos throughout the tri-state area, will present trophies and medals, in gold, silver, and bronze to the best karate choppers around. Divisions include fighting (hand-to-hand combat); breaking boards and bricks; and weaponry. Yikes! Participants range in age from expert toddler to senior citizen and represent the brightest, baddest, and bestest martial artists in the borough. Come on down to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on May 20 from 10 am to 6 pm and witness the greatest exhibition of all time. Master Hector has instructed his students well. Tickets are truly a bargain at $15.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help [545 60th St. at Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 765–0595].

Park Slope

And the scholars are…

It’s that time again: Metro SportsMed is offering its 13th annual “Scholar Athlete Awards Program.” More than $3,500 dollars in scholarships will be presented to high school seniors who demonstrate athletic and academic excellence. All you have to do is fill out the application before the deadline date of May 25, be a college-bound senior, and attend a high school in our borough. For more info check out the website at www.metrosportsmed.com or contact Jill Sheinberg at (718) 369–8041 for an application. What are you waiting for? Hurry up, time’s running out!

Metro Sportsmed [263 Seventh Ave. between Fifth and Sixth streets in Park Slope, (718) 369–8041].

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Just a shot of propofol

We hear that Dr. Garry S. Sklar presented a $1,000,000 check to SUNY Downstate Medical Center to endow the Garry S. Sklar, MD Professorship of Anesthesiology. That’s a whole lotta naughts when you’re counting backwards. We can never have enough highly skilled anesthesiologists out there, now can we?

SUNY Downstate Medical Center [450 Clarkson Ave. between New York Avenue and E. 37th Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 270–4540].


Studente sono bono

Brava, brava to Rossella Failla for earning the highest score ever and in the entire nation on the 2012 National Italian Exam. All Standing O can say is, “Congratulazioni per aver vinto questo premio si meritano StandingO,” which means one heck of a Standing O in any language. Standing O pal Rossella won bragging rights and a check for $250 scarollas, not Euros.

Bishop Kearney HS [2202 60th St. between Bay Parkway and 23rd Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2523.

Bravisima: Rossella Failla earned the highest score for the 2012 National Italian Exam.

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