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Albert Leonard Middle School transition ceremony
Schools Hold Moving Up Ceremonies
With balloons, music and words of praise, every school in the City District of New Rochelle celebrated their most senior students and wished them well in the next phases of their educations.

While the New Rochelle High School graduation is the largest ceremony, with its field of purple-robed seniors, each of the other schools holds its own celebration to mark the end of one phase and the beginning of another for its students who are moving to new schools.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey encouraged students in all of the schools to discover and to be their true selves.

"When you celebrate who you really are, you give a gift to the world," she said.

Isaac E. Young Middle School  Interim Principal Dr. Tawanda Robinson, presented the eighth-graders of her school to New Rochelle High School Interim Principal Joseph Starvaggi in their celebration on Wednesday.

"We are sending you a talented, smart, resourceful, caring group of students," Dr. Robinson said. "We know that you will continue to prepare them for success beyond the walls of New Rochelle High School."

Ava Mussolini, one of several ALMS eighth-graders to speak at that school's celebration on Tuesday, said she and her classmates had grown since arriving in the school as "tweens".
"As we leave as teens, we walked through the halls with more confidence and pride and we have become more responsible and are now ready to tackle high school," she said. "We are able to handle any academic challenges that we come across."
"A lifetime of firsts awaits you," ALMS Principal John Barnes told the eighth-graders. "A lifetime of successes, failures, opportunities for growth. The decisions you make over the next couple of years will determine the opportunities that come your way."

IEYMS Valedictorian Leah Shefferman gave encouragement and advice to her classmates leaving eighth grade with several pop culture references, quoting Dory the fish saying, "Just keep swimming," and Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man; "Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with." 

"Always remember," she said, "that this is your story and you get to write it."

Isaac E. Young Middle School graduation
Williams, Iannuzzi  To Join Board of Education Tuesday
The Board of Education will welcome its two newest members Tuesday night when Valarie D. Williams and William Iannuzzi in a swearing-in ceremony at the annual reorganizational meeting.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the City School District of New Rochelle offices, 515 North Ave.
Valarie D. Williams

Williams and Iannuzzi were elected to the nine-member board on May 22. Both lifelong New Rochelle residents and graduates of the District schools, they said they were excited to begin their five-year terms.

"I received a world class education in the New Rochelle public schools and I plan to collaborate with my colleagues on the Board to ensure that current students and future generations have the same opportunity," Williams said. Her motto is, "Public school is a jewel in the crown of the Queen City of the Sound and our children, families, and community benefit royally."

An e ducator with 25 years of experience, Williams is a k-12 reading specialist in the Greenburgh Central School District. She coordinates that district's prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, and was recruited to serve on the 2016 New York State Common Core Standards Review Committee.
She earned her Bachelor's degree from Iona College, and her Master of Science in Education in Reading and a Master of Science in Education in School Administration from the College of New Rochelle (CNR). She also completed doctoral coursework at St. John Fisher College at the CNR campus.

William Iannuzzi
Iannuzzi served the Board this past year as a member of its Advocacy & Community Outreach Committee. For seven years, he has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle, first as a Youth Development Professional and now as Director of Programs. He has worked closely with principals throughout the district to expand his organization's programming, which now serves more than 200 students.
"I always tell the kids here at the Boys and Girls Clubs that the saddest thing in life is wasted potential," he said. "I really want to make sure that every student is getting equitable access to opportunities and programs to help them succeed in life."
In 2015, Iannuzzi was one of 11 people recognized as a Boys & Girls Club of America Maytag Dependable Leader, an honor which also earned the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club a $20,000 grant that went toward college scholarships. Iannuzzi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Accounting from Mercy College. He has also participated in Social/Emotional Development training at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Class of 2019 Graduates in Ceremony Filled with Praise, Encouragement
One by one, the purple-robed New Rochelle High School seniors strode across the grass of McKenna Field to accept their diplomas and become alumni in the 121st graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

Before they tossed their caps into the air to cheers, they received words of praise, advice and encouragement.
Valedictorian Eliza Crocker praised her classmates for persevering through challenging times and for their accomplishments.

"Even more inspiring to me, though, is the love and support that each of you has radiated throughout our four years together," she said. "The greatest gift we can give to each other is to acknowledge and accept our differences in perspective and circumstance. I am proud to be part of a class that continues to encourage and uplift one another despite, and often because of, these differences."
Valedictorian Eliza Crocker and salutatorian Zachary Stone

"I want to take this time to congratulate all of you in achieving everything that you have so far and encourage you to accomplish your highest goals and never settle for less," said Class President Grecia Ardiles. "I hope that we all keep moving forward and show the world that no obstacle or unknown territory can stop us from our dreams and aspirations."
Board of Education President Jeffrey Hastie told the stories of several luminaries who built success from difficult beginnings, including singer-songwriter Halsey (Ashley Nicolette Frangipane), comedian and actor Jim Carrey and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

He also spotlighted the achievements of several class of 2019 members including state football Player of the Year Jordan Forrest, championship wrestler Jake Logan, high school theater Metro Award nominee Jazz Jenkins and award winning seniors from the school's Science Research Program.

"I invite each of you to be curious, discover yourself, follow your passion and write your own story," he said. "The tears you shed on the path will turn to a smile at the end."

Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey urged them to remember that "you bring your own unique gifts, talents, sense of humor, abilities and interests wherever you go."
"Learn from your experiences, act boldly and embrace the mistakes that inevitably will come along the way," she said. "I have no crystal ball and the future holds no promises, only mysteries and surprises. What you've neared will prepare you for both. Congratulations, and all the best for the future!"

Science Research Students Win Big in GENIUS Olympiad
The New Rochelle High School Science Research Program capped its streak of successes with a strong showing in the international GENIUS Olympiad last week, winning nine honors, including three gold medals.

Every one of the nine NRHS students in the contest hosted by SUNY Oswego this week returned with a medal or honorable mention.

"This was a great way to cap a great year," said program advisor Jeff Wuebber. "Through their hard work, the students have not only gone on to achieve great things for themselves, they have elevated the program. It is now a top program not just in Westchester County, but in the world, able to compete on the international stage, and win."

The GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues and US) Olympiad addresses environmental issues through several disciplines - science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design and business development. It brought together more than 1,400 students from 75 countries and 39 states.
The New Rochelle students, all juniors, and their results were:
  • Jonny Ecker: Gold Medal
  • Jake Egelberg: Gold Medal
  • Maura Kelly-Yuoh: Gold Medal
  • Jade Rosado: Silver Medal
  • Griffin Bates: Bronze Medal
  • Josh Berenbaum: Bronze Medal
  • Aaron Cohen: Honorable Mention
  • Javier Hernandez: Honorable Mention
  • Jack Schlamkowitz Honorable Mention
Students said the many hours they spent honing their presentations gave an edge in the contest.

"It feels great knowing that all of this hard work paid off, and that thanks to Mr. Wuebber, New Rochelle High School Science Research is competitive at an international level," said gold medal winner Jake Egelberg.

The program has seen a surge in popularity. With 37 sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled this year, Wuebber is preparing to welcome 38 sophomores and 60 freshman next fall.

Even before the GENIUS Olympiad, Science Research Program students had won more than 30 awards this year in local, regional and national competitions. The GENIUS Olympiad introduced them to fellow student scientists not only from the region and state, but from six continents.
NRHS student Maura Kelly-Yuoh, who won her gold medal for research on gestational diabetes. She enjoyed the opportunity to present her research and to get to know and learn from fellow student scientists from places such as Kyrgyzstan, Australia and South Africa.

"It had a real impact on my way of thinking," she said.

Wuebber thanked Interim Principal Joseph Starvaggi and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence for providing funds to transport the team to and from the competition.

Summertime Fun in
New Rochelle
With schools out, the City of New Rochelle invites you to enjoy a host of family-friendly activities. Take advantage of indoor and outdoor programs at the New Rochelle Public Library. Swim at Hudson Park or Lincoln Pool.

Get discounted amusement park tickets at the Parks & Recreation office. And mark your calendars for these special events!
  • July 4 : Spark the Sound fireworks
  • July 27: Mariano Rivera Pinstripe Parade (City Hall to Hudson Park)
  • August 1: New Rochelle Day at Playland Park
  • August 6: NRPD National Night Out
Find more information at the city's website,