Awards assemblies at the Sewanhaka district’s five high schools punctuate the end of the school year for seniors.
The Sewanhaka Federation of Teachers Retired is proud to sponsor five cash grants to seniors who have overcome adversities and consistently improved their grades during their high school years. Teacher donations fund the grants, and individual schools select winners. In May, a committee of retired teachers interviews those selected students and a district winner is chosen.
This year’s district winner is D’Andrah Almanzar from Floral Park, an aspiring criminal justice major. School winners are Dominic Palma from H. Frank Carey, Zoriyah Anson from Elmont Memorial, Jino Tomichen from New Hyde Park Memorial, and Perla Medrano from Sewanhaka.
Each student is a testimony to the strength and determination needed to overcome tremendous challenges, as each managed to improve grades, excel in subject areas and gain entrance to college in senior year.
For doing so, each school winner received a $250 grant from the federation and the district winner received $500.
The Sewanhaka Federation of Teachers Retired hopes that these students and their perseverance will inspire future students to work hard despite the challenges and sadness that life can present them.