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The teachers at Gateway were genuinely caring. Because they were not satisfied with mediocrity, neither were we. Gateway teachers always pushed their students to strive for more. Rosina Rosario Jamaica, Class of 1998 City College, Class of 2006 10 $2 Million and Counting at Queens Gateway This year, seniors at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School received more than $2 million cumulatively in scholarship money. Contributing to this total was a Posse Foundation fellowship for Geraldine Fernandez who will be attending Trinity College. The Posse grant provides a full fouryear scholarship. Class valedictorian Sakina Paracha was awarded a KFC Colonel's Scholars grant for $20,000 which she will use to attend Barnard College. Kudos for Queens Bridge to Medicine This year, 70 students graduated from the Queens Bridge to Medicine program. Founded in 1985, the program is a partnership with the Gateway Institute and Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education to prepare high school seniors for entrance into its seven-year college. This year, 13 QBTMP medical students were accepted to Sophie Davis, representing 20% of the entering freshman class. Yale Summer Placements Through a unique partnership with Gateway, the Yale Medical School Summer Medical Education Program accepts Gateway seniors into a program that is designed for premed college students. Attending this year are: Linda Agyemang (STAR) Janelle Lambert (Brooklyn Tech) Francise Lamothe (STAR) Yafo Mardakhayeva (Lafayette) Josey Page (Clara Barton) Tonia Smith (Clara Barton) The application to Queens Bridge to Medicine can now be downloaded at www.gateway.cuny.edu. Kayla Steele (Brooklyn Tech) Walter Stewart (Science Skills) Andre Valentin (Jamaica) Chrystelle Vilfranc (STAR) Delroy Waugh, Jr. (Jamaica) Sofia Yee (Clara Barton) Clara Barton Once again Gateway seniors received the top honors at Clara Barton HS. Trecia Malcolm, the class valedictorian, will attend Cornell University College for Agricultural Life Sciences while salutatorian and LEDA scholar Christina Blackwood is heading to North Carolina where she will attend Davidson College. LEDA scholars Kayasha Lyons and Shabana Mohomad will attend Darmouth College (a Gateway Clara Barton first!), and either Barnard or Hunter College, respectively. Honors at GSERT This year, seniors Christine Laboy and Narcissa Ledesma tied for the honor of class valedictorian. Both will be attending Cornell University, where Narcissa was awarded a Seinfeld scholarship. A look back is inspiring. The 2007 valedictorian, Madelyne Serrano, earned a spot at the West Point Preparatory Academy and a scholarship potentially worth $438,000. She finished first in her class and will attend West Point Academy on a full scholarship in May, 2008.
The Gateway College Fair is a great way to get information but also to practice my social skills. Talking to the representatives makes me more aware of the kinds of questions I need to ask. It also gives me a chance to improve how I present myself. Ricwan Kijenya Port Richmond, Class of 2009 Special Guests at 20th Annual College Fair On April 29th, nearly 300 Gateway students poured into the Great Hall at City College for the 20th Annual Gateway College Fair. On hand to answer questions and recruit students were representatives from almost eighty colleges and universities from around the country. During the fair, City College President Gregory Williams dropped by and was delighted to see the size and scope of students and colleges present. As Gateway director Elisabeth Iler explained: “This Fair is a perfect example of Gateway’s commitment to giving our students the access and tools for success at the college-level and beyond,” noting with pleasure a young student shaking hands with a college rep. “It gives them a chance to interact professionally with colleges and to gain confidence.” Gateway Director Elisabeth Iler welcomes City College President Gregory Williams to the Fair. BET host and best-selling author Sampson Styles encourages Gateway students to keep the glass half-full. This year, however, the students received more than brochures and information packets. On hand to discuss the importance of a good education was BET-TV correspondent and filmmaker Sampson Styles. In high school, Styles was suspended from the basketball team for a failing average which he managed to turn around with hard work and determination. “I didn’t see at the time what an accomplishment I had achieved. I was focused on the negative, the glass half-empty,” he told the audience. “You are just starting out and you have the opportunity to achieve great things,” he encouraged, “but you have to focus on the positive. Live your life with the glass half-full!” 11