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Three cheers to Evan Livanos, Nicholas Demenagas, Nicholas Vassilakos, and Nikos Leonardos. The scouts, all from Troop 715, achieved the organization’s highest rank and were inducted into the Eagle Scout Court of Honors at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church earlier this month.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) was on hand to congratulate the deserving boys.

“Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a tremendous accomplish­ment,” the assemblywoman said. “One must show tremendous determination and a willingness to give of themselves to help others.”

Scouts are put through a vigorous series of tests and training before achieving the honors.

“These four scouts have contributed greatly to our community and I can’t wait to see what they will achieve in the future,” Malliotakis told Standing O.

Neither can we.

Standing O joins the assemblywoman in honoring the inductees with a hearty salute.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis [7408 Fifth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 987-0197].

Brooklyn Heights

The best of the best

Hats off to St. Francis College. The little school with big dreams, and even better tuition, was recently ranked by the College Database as the best private college in New York. The database selected the school for its placement on the new 20-40 metric, which highlights colleges that set annual tuition rates below $20,000, and produce graduates who earn more than $40,000 a year.

No matter what you call it, St. Francis offers one heck of an education — and graduates great students.

Standing O contacted St. Francis and asked how it felt about the prestigious distinction.

“It is rewarding for everyone, from the professors to the administrators to the students, to be recognized for our continued success in achieving that goal,” said President Brendan Dugan.

Standing O adds its own congratulations.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 489–5200].

Borough wide

Move over the tassels

Shouts out to Linda Haviv who was this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Baruch College in Manhattan. The native daughter graduated with high honors and received a bachelor of arts in philosophy at commencement ceremonies on May 30.

Standing O pal Linda was the elected, representative senator in the undergraduate student government, a senor staff writer for the school’s paper, and aced first place in the “Ernst & Young — Your Vision, Your World” competition in 2011. Not only smart and beautiful, but giving too, the Macaulay honors student volunteers at the Hebrew Educational Society, and the U.J.A. Federation, and even sings and emcees various events. Did we say talented too? She plans on applying to law school, so that she can eventually be an on-air legal analyst.

Standing O can’t wait to give her a shout-out when she wins the Emmy.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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