Can you dig it?

Welcome: (Top row) Yuhuan, Julia, Emily, Grace, Tim, Alice, Demeturie, Rachel, Sam, Jeremy, Mahir, Marvin, Moss, Hector, (bottom row) Liana, Angie, Rivka, Leaf, Reggie, Ben, Nihad, Winnie, Brekke, Gaby, and Dorothy are Breakthrough New York’s Class of 2018.


Students at City Tech have found a way to keep it green and stock the pantry at the same time. Standing O has learned that Assistant Professor Mark Hellermann leads a merry group of farmers in growing several kinds of veggies, herbs and edible blooms in the schools’ gardens that are later used in dishes prepared by hospitality students at the college’s Janet Lefler Dining Room.

Talk about getting two types of nourishment! Nursing student Shellita Orie, alumna Joslyn Taylor, and Barry Mitchell from CUNY-TV, which is producing a segment on City Tech’s super-green initiative have been tapped to weed, seed, and sow the garden this summer.

City Tech [300 Jay St. at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260–5500]

Fort Greene

What a breakthrough!

Breakthrough New York, a six-year college-access program that recruits under-served, high achieving middle-school students, has opened its doors in our borough, expanding from it’s Manhattan location. This is the program’s second site and will serve an additional 32 students to its Class of 2018.

Among those celebrating at the June 27th ribbon cutting were the hoi poloi of Breakthrough New York and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School as well as the students and teachers.

Brother Dennis Cronin, president of the school, said, “We and Breakthrough New York have a synchronized mission: to give our students the opportunity to excel under our roof.”

Standing O sends out a hearty welcome and can’t wait for 2018 to roll around so we can give the grads a big, well deserved Standing O.

Breakthrough New York at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School [357 Clermont Ave. at Greene Avenue in Fort Greene. (917) 258–3457].

Cypress Hills

She’s a super scientist!

High schooler Lima Hossain of the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment took first place at the Brooklyn College Science Research Day on May 11 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The event spotlighted the works of student scientists at the college. Our pal Lima took home the prize for her project “Bacterial Inhibition with Plant Extracts Native to Developing Countries.”

“We are extremely proud of Ms. Hossain’s accomplishment,” said Scot Medbury, president at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Standing O is too.

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

Hooray!: (From left) Charles Buckley and John Lorenzetti, principal of St. Edmund, congratulate incoming freshman Jillian Stern, winner of the Lorraine Buckley Scholarship.

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