Cheers and kudos to the seven super-smart seniors at Brooklyn Technical High School who were this year’s recipients of the UFT-Albert Shanker College Scholarships.
The outstanding grads from the borough of churches included Krishna Roy of Kensington, Bing Chen of Sunset Park, Sandy Jean-Charles of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and Jimmy Xie of Bensonhurst. The other three students, Emily Cheng, Tamanna Hussein, and Mirna Nashed, hail from the outer boroughs.
In order to be eligible for the honors, the students had to exhibit academic excellence, outstanding community service, and have impeccable personal values. They also had a winning team of advisors in the college office that included Raquel Maysonet-Sigler, college office coordinator; Robin Scherman-Levitt, scholarship director; and Paula McKinnon, college office advisor.
The students shared a word to the wise to next year’s hopefuls:
“Everything will be fine … It’s hard to believe that everything will be fine, but at the end of the road I realized there is nothing to be scared about,” said Bing, who will attend the Macaulay Honors College at City College/CUNY in the fall.
Sandy added, “I learned that grades and scores are not the most integral part of a college application. Also, going to a ‘no-name’ school does not mean that you will not succeed in the future; only hard work and determination determines that.” Sandy will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a likely double-major in math and physics with a concentration in African-American studies.
Standing O wishes all the recipients good luck in their future endeavors and can’t wait to offer congrats on college commencement day.
Brooklyn Technical High School [29 Fort Greene Pl. and S. Elliott Place Fort Greene, (718) 804–6400].