Student Leaders

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B’ili Scott

assertive, proactive, mediator, creative, understanding, colorful

Wadleigh Secondary School, Manhattan

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about B’ili” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204085-b4b10378-a07b”]B’ili is part of the Jewelry and Accessories Club at Wadleigh Secondary. She is a student who takes initiative and has a natural and very obvious drive toward success. B’ili is being nominated because she turned our Leadership Club into an opportunity to propel herself into a successful first semester at Buffalo State next year by starting her own Jewelry and Accessories business ( called ‘She Wears B’ili ). B’ili turning  these new skills into a budding entrepreneurship sparked the idea for the club’s final project which was to have all students create a business plan for a company that would help to raise awareness and funds for a specific cause or goal.

Nominated by Brianna Oversby, Leadership Trainer

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Brian Cheeks

helpful, wise, loyal, compassionate, patient, maturing

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Brian” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204146-17007872-db1e”]He has been a dedicated and passionate member of my singing club for the past two years, and this year he was one of the leads in our production of Fame. His commitment to rehearsals, personal drive to perfect his lines and music, and ability to encourage and motivate his cast mates to focus and aim a little higher, all contribute to his leadership. I’ve also noticed a change in his leadership style as he has started buying into ideas of positive reinforcement (emphasis on positive) and constructive criticism (emphasis on constructive).

Nominated by Allyson Lynch, Leadership Site Coordinator

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Babou Gaye

trustworthy, responsible, flexible, confident, empathetic, enthusiastic

MS 391, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Babou” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204211-e2aa1639-45a6″]He always puts forth his best effort during any activity. He is intelligent, funny, and caring. He listens, remembers, and tries anything that is asked of him without complaint. He is unyieldingly positive in his outlook on life. He has excellent attendance.

Nominated by Matt Flynt, Leadership Trainer

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Christian Reyes

hard-working, mature, smart, fearless, listener, focused

MS 391, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Christian” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433881645335-475aecab-6337″]As a leader in the Lunchtime Yoga Club at MS 391 in the Bronx, Christian Reyes is committed, focused, and consistently adds positive contributions to the club. If a  pose is challenging for him, he Never says  “I can’t.”  He forges forward. He is supportive of the other students when we share during our lunchtime “chats”,  and he always has an exemplary attitude. He is a pleasure to be around and inspires us all. I chose him because he is an excellent example of the Leadership program core value, “Forge the path. Enjoy the journey.”

Nominated by Gabriela Chinnock, Leadership Trainer

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Claudia Domfeh-Osafo

friendly, loyal, helpful, creative, courageous, dependable

MS 296, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Claudia” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433442095164-f6aaddc3-8a9d”]She is an outstanding student, which I had the pleasure to work with for two consecutive years. Her approach to learning new dance techniques is equal to her leadership skills in helping others to learn. Early this year, I had a medical emergency and was on medical leave for six weeks. Claudia, “The Dance Captain,” (the name given to her by her peers) stepped up and assisted the substitute during club. Throughout my leave, Claudia kept the momentum of the club going. She taught her own choreography and made sure everyone was comfortable and confident with the movement.  Claudia Domfeh-Osafo is truly deserving of this nomination!

Nominated by Sule Adams, Leadership Trainer

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Daniella Gomez

friendly, helpful, flexible, respectful, happy, communicative

IS 235, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Daniella” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433881645434-8efee09e-76f3″]I nominated these Daniella Gomez because of her exceptional leadership. After I choreographed the dance at our holiday show, they took up their own leadership and choreographed the second two dances for the Spring Concert as well as International Night. In addition to their leadership role as choreographers, they have been incredibly gracious, respectful, flexible to the group’s desires and patient.  They are extraordinary collaborators! Also they offer wise life choices in our group discussions and bring a kind, supportive, positive and non-judgmental attitude to the other students in the club no matter what level of dancing ability. Something often rare at the middle school age. Daniella is from Columbia.

Nominated by Katherine Boynton

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Destiny Burman Peacock

helpful, creative, problem-solver, nice, loves to lead, and loves to work

Franklin Square Elementary School, Baltimore

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Destiny” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433884462180-cf72bc12-1f8c”]I am nominating Destiny Burman for her outstanding leadership during the planning and facilitation of our Building Family Workshops at Franklin Square Elementary Middle School. Destiny participated in both of the training meetings we held and was present for every Building Family Workshop. She took the initiative in all of the planning, was always the first one present, and had more enthusiasm than the entire team combined! She demonstrated a willingness to try things, learn from her mistakes, and have fun in the process. Even in the face of very little participation by parents, she always had a positive attitude, continued to show up, and was willing and able to do her part. She encouraged her peers and seemed fearless, especially as the youngest facilitator.

Nominated by Kristina Berdan, Leadership Trainer

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Destiny Samuel

assertive, focused, lighthearted, thoughtful, intentional, humorous

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Destiny” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204812-ef58da72-5645″]Destiny is a freshman at John Dewey and has been part of Drama Club since week two. It was immediately apparent that she was a comedic AND dramatic force to be reckoned with: every time she participated in an improv, acting, dance, or vocal activity, her peers would burst into applause, laughter, gasps, or a combination of all three. Destiny is incredibly talented, magnetic, and detailed, and her hard work and passion are clearly present at every rehearsal (and between, such as when she sends me long drafts of original dramatic writing on weekends). She is often the person who gently reminds everyone else to remain quiet and give focus/attention/respect while the group is rehearsing or having a discussion. She regularly volunteers to take on huge writing responsibilities, and she naturally steps forward to help facilitate the creation and/or direction of group projects. Destiny’s attendance at school was not consistent, however, and Ms. Taylor and I were concerned about her reliability when it came time for Fame auditions. Multiple classmates and adults communicated to her the importance of showing up, in the name of both personal growth and ensemble support and trust. I felt disheartened to be losing such a bright, smart, and talented student. Her peers began (lovingly) teasing her for amassing so many absences, which turned into a steady stream of prodding to place more value on school attendance. I believe this served as a constant reminder that they cared, and that we were all depending on her. Destiny was cast in Fame conditionally, but rather than displaying disappointment or negativity, she responded to the challenge with grace, transforming into one of our most dedicated students and cast members. Not only did Destiny excel in her own role, but she gradually took on more and more responsibility as a dance captain and eventual co-choreographer. Her school attendance improved dramatically, and the entire club began to celebrate these successes with her. Destiny has eagerly stepped into her leadership, volunteering to take on extra work at home, to help teach students who missed rehearsal or needed additional assistance, and to understudy a prominent role when another student began displaying poor attendance. I can now say with confidence that Destiny is a central and valuable figure within our Drama Club and the school’s broader theater department. She has demonstrated a clear example to embrace change and to “lead, learn, and lead again.”Destiny says, “When I’m a leader, I want to make sure that not only am succeeding, but that everyone else is too.”

Nominated by Samantha Sheppard, Leadership Trainer

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Gimelys Barrera

fluffy, rainbow, otaku, appreciate every(one/thing), equality

Bronx High School for Visual Art, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Gimelys” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433884463118-2a32a556-b35e”]Gimelys is part of the Crochet/Wearable Art Club at BHSVA. She was chosen by a vote put to club members (she won by a landslide). The reason the club and myself thought Gimelys should represent the club has to do with her bright and shining presence. Gimelys brings laughter and fun with her everywhere she goes. She is a supportive friend and a kind and thoughtful person all around. Gimelys has used our T-shirt making project and her amazing illustration skills to bring a voice to the LGBTQ  community at the school.

Nominated by Brianna Oversby, Leadership Trainer

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Isabella Capole-Chung

reliable, creative, persistence, cooperative, joyful, caring

PS 77, Manhattan

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Isabella” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433884464199-a67ff95c-a031″]Isabella is a cheerful and energetic young girl. She is confident with her abilities as a leader always working hard in the classroom and caring about her classmates. She loves to participate in classroom activities and learn more.

Nominated by Martin Balmaceda, Leadership Trainer

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Jaaliyah Peacock

creative, extraordinary, positive, passionate, overcoming, and encouraging

Franklin Square Elementary School, Baltimore

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Jaaliyah” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204904-67a71f3d-5041″]I am nominating Jaaliyah Peacock for her outstanding leadership during the planning and facilitation of our Building Family Workshops at Franklin Square Elementary Middle School. Jaaliyah participated in both of the training meetings we held and was present for every Building Family Workshop. She took the initiative in all of the planning and practically led the entire Fit for Life Workshop on her own. Even in the face of very little participation by parents, she always had a positive attitude, continued to show up (even after her games!), and was willing and able to do her part. She worked well with the other two student facilitators and seemed to enjoy the work.

Nominated by Kristina Berdan, Leadership Trainer

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Jason and Richard Mendez

(left, right)

Jason: plays hard, skilled, practices, listens, focused, cool

Richard: fun, nice, works hard, never gives up, brave, competitive

PS 63, Manhattan

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Jason and Richard” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997204999-b4cefdb3-350c”]Jason and Richard are two brothers that have shown incredible leadership through their dedication to soccer. With their determination and big hearts they’ve taught me a lot about creativity and perseverance. I cannot wait to see where they are in 10 years.

Nominated by Maeve Carver, Leadership Trainer

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Jamie Harrison

compassion, leaving legacy,open-mindedness, persistence, responsible, kind

Vista Academy, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Jamie” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1435083520508-99e58813-fa71″]I nominate Jamie Harrison from Vista Academy because she always steps up to the plate. Her peers seem to follow her lead because of the effort she puts forth in wanting to be a team. She is also great with gathering the other club members’ attention if they are being too rowdy and have lost focus during club. She is a natural born leader and also very talented. With a strong voice and stylish dance moves, I’m honored to have her on my dance team!

Erin Finley, Leadership Trainer

 

I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching Jocelyn through a program in collaboration with Leadership/LIC titled “3T,” a three-week writing intensive through Naked Angels Theater Company for NYC public high school students. The culminating presentation is a staged reading of the students’ work, performed by professional actors. Jocelyn has written multiple pieces for 3T that have resonated with her peers, the school staff, and the professional actors. What sets Jocelyn apart from the many other writers I have worked with is her ability to take her audience on an intimate journey with passion, courage, and love. She’s politically charged and ambitious about what she has to say, and she says it articulately and beautifully. She writes from deeply personal places and fights for a better world with her words.

Finally, her greatest asset may be her honesty and openness in the classroom. She sets an example for her peers and encourages them to be politically and socially active. She’s the kind of student who asks me to provide her with writing prompts on a Friday so she has direction for free-form writing over the weekend. She even served as my assistant director for a theatre piece for the LIC’s Most Improved Ceremony. During her spare time, she takes care of her brother, volunteers to help with theatre productions at her middle school in Queens, bakes, and writes poetry.

Nominated by Stacy Davidowitz, Leadership Trainer

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Jocelyn Marine

patient, understanding, high-energy!, mature, active, ambitious

Long Island City High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Jocelyn” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433936795711-42160c11-219e”]As her Drama Instructor at Long Island City High School since the fall of 2014, I have had the privilege of fostering her incredible talent for writing, acting, improv, and singing. Jocelyn is one of the most brilliant writers and communicators I have ever come across amongst students and professionals. I’ve had the delight of directing readings of her monologues on several occasions for open mics and performances.

 

I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching Jocelyn through a program in collaboration with Leadership/LIC titled “3T,” a three-week writing intensive through Naked Angels Theater Company for NYC public high school students. The culminating presentation is a staged reading of the students’ work, performed by professional actors. Jocelyn has written multiple pieces for 3T that have resonated with her peers, the school staff, and the professional actors. What sets Jocelyn apart from the many other writers I have worked with is her ability to take her audience on an intimate journey with passion, courage, and love. She’s politically charged and ambitious about what she has to say, and she says it articulately and beautifully. She writes from deeply personal places and fights for a better world with her words.

Finally, her greatest asset may be her honesty and openness in the classroom. She sets an example for her peers and encourages them to be politically and socially active. She’s the kind of student who asks me to provide her with writing prompts on a Friday so she has direction for free-form writing over the weekend. She even served as my assistant director for a theatre piece for the LIC’s Most Improved Ceremony. During her spare time, she takes care of her brother, volunteers to help with theatre productions at her middle school in Queens, bakes, and writes poetry.

Nominated by Stacy Davidowitz, Leadership Trainer

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Keryn “Anthony” Vigil

accepting, amiable, focused, observant, cheerful, open-minded

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Keryn” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997205329-fa5e34cc-911c”]Anthony is a freshman at John Dewey and has been with my Drama Club since the first day of recruiting. He sought me out in distress before our very first club meeting because he wasn’t able to make it — but assured me that he would be there the following week. Anthony is a delight: he’s quick to make friends and eager to grow as an actor and a leader; he’s passionate, supportive of other club members, quick to volunteer (for project-based tasks, for leadership roles within the group, for being the first one to step into an improv activity…), he’s driven to achieve and encourages dedication in other club members, and he has time and again responded to challenges with finesse (as well as very enthusiastically celebrating personal, peer, and collective successes). Anthony has a consistently positive attitude at Drama Club meetings, and has jumped at the chance to audition, act, write, direct, and generally participate in every single activity. His peers respond with praise to his performances, often commenting that his emotional capacity is both impressive and “so real!” and they leap at the chance to collaborate with him on partnered and group activities. He makes a point to let me know in advance if he’s ever going to be late or absent, and he checks in to find out what he missed. When Anthony’s parents were concerned about him taking on additional after school rehearsals for Fame, especially once he was promoted to a show lead, he successfully appealed to them on the basis that he really wanted to be a part of the production, that he was building useful skills, and that it would look really fantastic when applying to colleges (that last part really cinched the deal). Anthony asks specific and thoughtful questions, contributes insightful feedback to group conversations and peer performances, and has grown incredibly as an actor this year. He’s the sort of voracious student for whom I’m continually excited to create newer, better, and more challenging lesson plans and creative projects! He is a model to “pursue and encourage achievement in every act.”

Nominated by Sam Sheppard, Leadership Trainer

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Kevardo Carey Clachar

confidence, commitment, vision, trust, responsibility, creativity

MS 203, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Kevardo” style=”arrow” el_id=”1435144002523-0858f468-5fd4″]I nominate Kevardo Clachar because he has been a consistent leader in my Rock Band after school club at MS 203.  Kevardo was nominated class leader over creative projects for our after school club.  Many of the students struggled to maintain focus while writing and learning songs. Kevardo assisted me in finding ways to keep the class engaged and focused on creating a creative product. Kevardo came to the country from Jamaica when he was very young. Kevardo has the amazing ability to write and produce songs in less than an hour (I¹m impressed and I work with the best in the world at this stuff).  Kevardo¹s song, “Why Are You Going to Leave Me” , inspired the class to create a music video.  We also teamed up with the Dance club to create interpretive dance scenes.  Kevardo also has the highest GPA in the school by a long shot and expected to be class valedictorian.  He deserves this award.

Nominated by Vince Ferguson, Leadership Trainer

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Kevin Chen

confident, flexible, understanding, creative, supportive, thoughtful

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Kevin” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1435144002646-8b0f7296-2ace”]Kevin participates in my year long ICE class and in the 21st Century Robotics club at John Dewey HS. He is a consistent and reliable team player and leader during school and afterschool. His commitment to what he believes in is outstanding and noticeable. Kevin assisted me in distributing and returning 21st Century snacks for the entire school year. This was incredibly helpful as we were dealing with scarce resources. Kevin is also remarkably self-aware as well as interpersonally aware, as he can provide very natural insights in to what’s going on in the school with other people.

 

Nominated by Rachel Whorton, Leadership Trainer

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Kinjong Sherpa

discipline,  kindness,  respect,  martial artist,  teamwork,  polite

William Cullen Bryant High School

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Kinjong” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1435144002768-e3473b00-2f5d”]Kinjong is a senior at Bryant HS in Queens.  He is a Brown Belt in Tae-Kwon Do and has been a fantastic role model and inspiration to the other students.   The class which we’re teaching at Bryant is all beginners with the exception of Kinjong.  He has become a natural leader in the class demonstrating the various Martial Arts techniques and offering his support and enthusiasm to students that are learning.   Kinjong has essentially become another instructor in the class.  Each Saturday we have a warm-up and then split into two groups.   I work with students on their forms and Kinjong works with them on kicking techniques.  He is very positive and enthusiastic with his classmates.   In addition,   he is very detailed in his teaching and has a wonderful attention to detail.   The students respect him,  look up to him and listen to him carefully.   He has demonstrated leadership by his behavior in addition to his Martial Arts skills.  He is early to class,  respectful, calm, polite, disciplined and always has a smile and a hand shake for anyone that enters the room.   When he demonstrates a flying kick you can see the other students in the class open their eyes and say “Whooo” as he flies through the air.   Kinjong has been an inspiration for his fellow classmates at Bryant HS.

Nominated by Mike Roche and Malary Harris, Site Coordinator/Leadership Trainer

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Jhon Carvajal

mature, discipline, helpful, respectful, dedicated and supportive

IS 235, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Jhon” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433936796914-c0bf5f82-337a”]Jhon is very supportive in our soccer club.  He is always helping when it comes to be prepared to start working. He is respectful and never criticizes team players for making mistakes.  He encourages them to work hard to become better players.  He shows a great deal of excitement when someone goes one step forward and improves technically. He is a good listener.  He is always fostering an inclusive community struggling for a common purpose.   He is a leader in the making.

Nominated by Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Larry Bugett

dedicated, motivated, determined, self aware, passionate, self confident

Leadership Institute High School, Bronx

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Larry Bugett is a smart and talented student who has stood out as a leader in many ways. He is a phenomenal writer and rapper who joined Leadership Institute High Schools Music Club in the middle of the school year. Larry has shown dedication to the Music Club by attending every club session since he’s joined. Not only at lunch club but also being the only student to attend an 8:00am music class twice a week to work on original music. Larry transformed before my eyes and went from being this a shy and timid students to being confident and being able to stand up in front of a club of fifteen girls sharing his rap talent. Larry has inspired the entire club to write original lyrics and also have the courage to get up in front of a large group of people and perform with passion. I believe Larry will go far in life because he has a great mindset and stays positive. Larry raps about making it in the music industry and how he has high hopes and big dreams. This kid is the real deal!

Nominated by Jodi Melendez, Leadership Trainer

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Leslie Cano

strong, caring, demanding, helpful, dedicated, smart

Long Island City High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Leslie” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997205721-f720d0d1-2302″]Leslie is a student with a highest interest for others, she cares. She shows enough energy to do community activities for the school. She is willing to do what is needed to achieve a goal, for example, to stay extra time to complete an assignment.  She is a very good example for others to follow. She is a leader.

Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Luftun Nahar

responsible, hard-working, helpful, positive, friendly

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Luftun” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997205868-3b97c9c8-8676″]Luftun is the student who inspires her classmates to do better.  She is generous with her time.  She will often spend time helping other students in class while taking her projects home to work on her own time.

Nominated by Kanova Johnson, Leadership Trainer

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Makayla Lanier

respectful, kind, patient, cheerful, honest, mentor

Poughkeepsie Middle School, Poughkeepsie

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Makayla” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433940383620-270a0c04-1ac8″]Makayla is an amazing young lady and a leader in the making. Makayla attends every after school session ready, and willing. When other young ladies were embarrased to cheer infront of the crowd, Makayla stood with one other young lady and cheered loud and proud. You never know if she is having a bad day because she always has a smile on her face. Her positivity is both inspiring and contageous. Makayla is for sure enjoying lifes journey. If I ever need a helping hand, she is always there to help with a smile. I know we will see amazing things from this young lady in the future.

Nominated by Corinna Carlisle, Leadership Trainer

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Maria Nakis

determined, optimistic, encouraging, understanding, cooperative, and efficient

Long Island City High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Maria” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433940384869-ab66f0f3-517f”]I have a Yearbook Club at Long Island City. I would like to nominate the following student for The Face of Leadership. She is one of the editors of the Yearbook and a true leader. After every club sessions she writes down a list of what sill needs to be worked on and who needs to complete the task. Then, she emails it to each member of the club to ensure they are all on track with their duties. She takes on a lot of responsibility and different jobs to make sure that the yearbook got finished for our due dates. Maria always has a positive attitude, assists other students if needed, and encourages everyone in club to do their best. Maria goes above and beyond and is a true leader and role model for other students!

Meaghan Cross, Leadership Trainer

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Nicole Carvallo

honest, hardworking, respectful, loving, thoughtful and caring

William Cullen Bryant High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Nicole” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433940386145-d36cffcb-a7f9″]Nicole does not speak a lot in class.  However, she is a dedicated student who shows a great deal of emotional maturity and commitment to her work. Her improvement can be seen in her writing.  She writes well and spends a great deal of time trying to present work that shows that she is dedicated. If she faces an obstacle, she will work hard to make sure that she gets it right and will move forward to new challenges. I admire her passion for learning including a new language.  She is a true leader.

Nominated by Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Nishat Tasnim

Joyful:  J = Joyful, O= Obedient, Y= Young, F= Faithful, U= Understanding, L= Loveable/Loyal

William Cullen Bryant High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Nishat” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997206420-7b5c95e3-f10a”]Nishat is a great student.  She always goes the extra mile to do her work.  If she needs to write a paragraph, she will write three or four.   She is very dedicated and enthusiastic.  Even though English is not her first  language, she is always trying to learn and enjoys the journey.  She is always responding to challenges and celebrates her successes. She will not be embarrassed to read in front of the class, even though she has a strong accent. I admire her courage.  She is a true leader in the making and a wonderful student to have around.

Nominated by Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Odris Infante

friendly, happy, creative, respectful, compassionate, patient

IS 235, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Odris” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997206561-919568cc-a26d”]I nominated Odris Infante because of her exceptional leadership. After I choreographed the dance at our holiday show they took up their own leadership and choreographed the second two dances for the Spring Concert as well as International Night. In addition to their leadership role as choreographers, they have been incredibly gracious, respectful, flexible to the group’s desires and patient.  They are extraordinary collaborators! Also they offer wise life choices in our group discussions and bring a kind, supportive, positive and non-judgmental attitude to the other students in the club no matter what level of dancing ability. Something often rare at the middle school age. Odris is from the Dominican Republic

Katherine Boynton, Leadership Trainer

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Rebecca Infante

fun, kind, playful, focused, stern (when necessary), open (to other ideas)

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Rebecca” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997206733-eb87022c-a4ce”]Rebecca Infante is a second year 21st Century participant at John Dewey High School. She was in Drama and Vocal club, landing a role in Fame the musical and acting in Vox at the Kraine Theater. Rebecca’s risk taking, fun and enthusiasm sets the tone for clubs. It allows other students to try something they may not have if someone wasn’t warm and did it first (that’s Rebecca.) She is committed and always lends a helping hand. She also participated in Fashion Design club in which one of her pieces was featured in Fairies and Fantasy.

Nominated by Allyson Lynch, Site Coordinator/Leadership Trainer

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Secundino Trinidad

bright, respectful, careful, studious, disciplined, efficient

Long Island City High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Secundino” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997206877-a3ad68ef-81a1″]Secundino is always ready to work and is willing to go through the process of what is required to learn.  He is always achieving beyond his expectations and never complains. His is a great example of dedication and passion to the rest of the students in class. He is a good example of what is required to be a student above average.  He spends the time needed and beyond to achieve a goal.  I admire his dedication. He is a leader.

Nominated by Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Shanice Walters Wallace

dedicated, ambitious,  leader,  team player,  role model, consistent

Long Island City HS, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Shanice” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433943856341-e40bebd5-1e75″]Shanice Walters Wallace is being nominated as she has demonstrated the highest and most consistent attendance in the Long Island HS Spirit Squad and has served as an incredible role model and inspiration to the other students involved in the club.   Shanice was made the captain of the Spirit Squad this year because of her outstanding work as a student leader.   The other students in the club look up to her and frequently seek her guidance.  Shanice took part in all ten performances this year and was the only member of the club to perform at every performance.   She was always at least half an hour early for each performance and helped to keep the other students focused and calm throughout the year.  She did an outstanding job.

Nominated by Mike Roche, Site Coordinator

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Tasmiah Basher

caring, dedicated, inquisitive, smart, well-spoken, respectful

Long Island City High School, Queens

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Tasmiah” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1434997207371-c2310df6-7be1″]Tasmiah shows a real dedication, and she has a clear understanding of education and how empowering it can be to women. She is always participating in class and loves to do work. She is bright and always asks questions about the subject she is learning. She is a real leader.

Nominated by Pietro Gonzalez, Leadership Trainer

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Timal Noraine

fearless, kind, persistent, communication, confident, helpful

Herbert H. Lehman High School, Bronx

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I met Timal Naraine on my first day at Lehman and from that moment on I knew that there was something special about this student. Our paths crossed because I decided to sit at his table for my “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” activity. Now I emphasize “his table” because he made it clear to me that he was allowing me to sit there for my time in the lunch room. As the weeks progressed I started to chat Timal up and began to realize that this young man was born to lead. He has a very commanding presence and I don’t think that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know him. His fearless attitude towards meeting new people is one to be revered. I have watched him meet person after person with the slightest of ease and I am amazed how people just take to him. This is what makes this young man so special. He has this gift to not just meet people but to get those same people to do move in the direction that he is going. Now are his leadership skills a little rough and rugged… Why certainly, but Timal has the potential to become a leader of great stature. He is truly a Leader in the Making!

Nominated by Derek Smith, Leadership Trainer

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Tynashia Perez

fun, unique, helpful, experienced, leader, encouraging

Hunts Point Middle School, Bronx

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Find out more about Tynashia” style=”arrow” color=”” el_id=”1433943147450-e0beefbd-fbe8″]I nominate student Tynashia Perez as a Face of Leadership. I have witnessed her growth from last year to present as a leader, student and dancer. Tynashia took the initiative this year, stepping into her leadership advocating and organizing for our dance team at 424. She faced her academic challenges with confidence and prevailed. I am honored to see her amazing growth!

Nominated by Ayanna Sanders, Leadership Trainer

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William Zhou

respectful, receptive, hardworking, careful, responsible, kind

PS 77, Manhattan

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William is a wonderful student and a great example of how to be kind, hard working and respectful to others. He pays close attention when we’re learning new Spanish words and loves to collaborate with others when we play Spanish Spelling Bee in the class.

Nominated by Martin Balmaceda, Leadership Trainer

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