48 THE QUEENS COURIER • KIDS & EDUCATION • JANUARY 25, 2018 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
school spotlight COMPILED BY BOB HARRIS AND ROBERT POZARYCKI
The keys to success
Lissette Burgos, community associate at Pan American International High School
in Elmhurst, developed an innovative idea to motivate the students for college applications.
She enlisted volunteers such as seniors Luisa Ramirez and Nicolle Obregon
(shown) to cut out large keys on cardboard. Th ey wrote the names of each senior on
a key and attached a photo of the student.
When a student receives a college acceptance letter, a copy of it will be played on
the key, which will then be placed on a map of the world.
to Moot Court
Junior Hadja Bah and senior Ashley
Nelson of Hillcrest High School have been
selected to represent the United States in a
Moot Court competition at Th e Hague in
Th e Netherlands. Th e Moot Court competition
mimics a real world court case concerning
an individual or a group accused
of committing crimes against humanity.
Bah is on the Queens District Attorney’s
Advisory Council and Nelson has taken
part in the High School Institute Program
at Columbia University.
Brandon Wong is the tech adviser
for the Scholars Community Service
Organization at Martin Van Buren
High School in Queens Village. He
performs all need technology activities
for Pamela Fried, the adviser of
the Scholars Academy. Wong is also
on the Consultative Council for the
Student Government and is a leader
for the College Offi ce, where he helps
students apply to college. Wong hopes
to attend the Academy of Art in San
Francisco and study game development.
Lending helping hands
Students from the Scholars
Organization of Martin Van Buren High
Schoo in Queens Village are shown in
the front lobby collecting food for City
Harvest. Th e Scholars hold numerous
food drivers throughout the year and provide
services to teachers and tutoring for
students. During their most recent collection,
the Scholars gathered 14 boxes
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