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Luna - Class of 2011

posted Jun 3, 2015, 4:15 AM by Michael Toise

I studied at MCNDHS from 2008 to 2011. I am indebted to many teachers and counselors, with whose help I applied and was accepted by Barnard College, as well as Albert Shanker Scholarship, and Scholarship Plus, which would make going to college possible. I am graduating this May with a major in Physics, and have been awarded Henry A. Boorse Prize and Grace Potter Ricer Fellowship for having a record in physics that shows most promise of distinction in a scientific career. I was accepted to pursue a Ph. D. degree in Applied Physics/Applied Math at Harvard. Besides the academics, I volunteered to teach documentary filmmaking at Cape Town and interned as a reporter at WNYC.

Alumni in the News - Jeremiah Perez

posted May 12, 2015, 11:18 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated May 12, 2015, 11:18 AM ]

and the important bit here...

MAY 12, 2015

Twelve Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) students spent Spring Break 2015 working with the organization Habitat for Humanity to build two new homes in the Gentilly section of New Orleans, a neighborhood badly damaged by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.


BMCC Criminal Justice Major Jeremiah Perez agreed, saying he hopes to go back to New Orleans and do more volunteer work when time permits.

“I was able to help a community that suffered from a tragedy so long ago, yet are still suffering till this very day. From the tours and learning the history and seeing the issues for myself, my heart was truly touched” said Perez.

Perez, who plans to complete a bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State, encourages other students to volunteer. He said spending time in New Orleans was more educational than reading about it in a book.

Awa Sow

posted May 5, 2015, 10:42 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated May 5, 2015, 10:44 AM ]

I graduated from MCNDHS in June 2013. I am originally from Senegal. When I first came in to this country, I didn't speak English at all. With the help of the CDI staff and my wonderful teachers at Manhattan Comprehensive, I was able to read, write and communicate well in English within a year. The cultural differences did not really affect me because the school staff was very welcoming and I felt very comfortable even though I had a hard time understanding the teachers at first.

CDI helped (and is still helping) me with both legal and financial matters. Manhattan comprehensive gave me the opportunity to be successful and opened many doors for me as an immigrant. Being at MCNDHS, I realized that I want to help others by extending my hands to the needy. I am working on a program that will help children from poor countries to have access to education.

I am currently attending the SUNY College at Old Westbury where I am majoring in Biology. As a student leader, I work for the residential life as a Resident Assistant where I help residents to have a positive residence hall experience. I am the president of the Old Westbury Environmental Green Club and also a member of the Honors College. I am a full time student and also on the dean's list. I worked as a peer tutor in math for the Educational Opportunity Program. I am planning to attend Medical School after I obtain my bachelor degree.

I am so grateful to be part of Manhattan Comprehensive. MC is part of who I am! 

Ana Urquizo

posted May 5, 2015, 10:37 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated May 5, 2015, 10:38 AM ]

I received my high school diploma in 2005. Initially, I went to LaGuardia Community College, where I was a part time student. While attending LaGuardia, I was working full time and taking only one or two courses per semester. In 2009, I began the Mechanical Engineering program at The City College of New York. 
The program was extremely demanding and I became a full time student and worked only part time as a math tutor. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Engineering in 2013.

All of these achievements would not have been possible without the help Comprehensive Development, Inc (CDI) offered me and MCNDHS. I strongly believe my choice of this this school was the best school choice I ever made since coming to this country in 2003. The entire school staff was encouraged me to keep the hard work and pursue my goals. I feel blessed that I met a lot of wonderful people at school and I will be always thankful of everything they have done for me. 

Currently, I am working in a consulting firm in ManhattanMy job title is MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) design engineer. I work in the construction industry which is a very competitive field. Therefore, I am working hard to be able to get my Master in Business Administration (MBA). It will not be easy since it is a very expensive program, but I am confident that with hard work I will be able to get it. Also, I am currently working to get my Professional Engineer (PE) Licence. I have already passed my 1st exam, and in 2 years and a half I will permitted to take my second exam and get my PE licence. 

Those are my short term plans. My long term goal, is in 10-15 years from now I can become a Project manager. For this position I will need all the experience possible in the various trades and different aspects of the construction field and of course a MBA.

I would like to point out to all of the current students that MCNDHS offers all the tools to make their dreams come true. Everything is possible with hard work. 

Jeremiah Perez, MCNDHS ‘14

posted May 5, 2015, 10:07 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated May 5, 2015, 10:12 AM ]

Manhattan Comp and CDI have truly impacted my life in a way that I will never forget. I would love to give a special thanks to 3 people in particular; Beth Novick, Anna Bennett and Margaret Aylward. There are many other wonderful people within MCNDHS and CDI, but these 3 in particular gave me the push I needed to be on the right track and stay motivated to succeed and see bigger things for myself. While at MCNDHS I was able to be apart of many great opportunities such as experiencing a summer at Cooper Union in a mechanical engineering program where we completed a Rube Goldberg Machine and being part of the Environmental Club

While attending BMCC I have been a leader with the Strive for Success program helping MCNDHS alumni adjust to their first year in College. Currently I am finishing up this semester at BMCC and am heading to Buffalo State College to finish up my bachelors degree. I am a Criminal Justice major with a concentration in intelligence analysis. I will soon begin a process where I will ultimately be cleared to intern for the FBI for an alternative semester or summer. I hope to have a career within a government organization and be a field agent after graduation.

On another note, during spring break I along with a few other college students were selectively chosen to be flown out to New Orleans and work directly with Habitat for Humanity in aiding relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Till this day there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in New Orleans. There have been many wonderful opportunities and wonderful things that have happened since graduation from MCNDHS but that is not what I want to focus on.

For all incoming and current MCNDHS students you must take advantage of the opportunities the school has to offer. I can honestly say that if i did not take advantage my life would have been different. There is a life after MCNDHS, a wonderful life, full of hard work and meaningfulness. This can only happen if you take ADVANTAGE of it . It won’t be easy but you can definitely do it and I can guarantee you that MCNDHS and CDI will be with you every step of the way. As they are with me, till this very day.

Ria Roberts

posted Apr 2, 2015, 6:20 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 6:21 PM ]

Since my journey at MCNDHS, I have been presented with numerous wonderful opportunities. I went on to complete my undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, with the help of my high school college advisor, who helped me decide on this great institution. Post college, I served as a Research Assistant in the Microbiology and Immunobiology Department at Harvard Medical School, where I worked on the project: The Development of a Conjugate Vaccine for the Prevention of Tularemia. 

 After Harvard, I commenced my medical school journey at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and have remained very active in my medical school community. I have had several leadership roles serving as Co-President for the GW Chapter of American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and as Community Service Chair of the GW Chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA). I have also been actively involved in community outreach, serving as a Wellness Partner & Health Literacy Trainer at the GW Healing Clinic. My medical school summers have been spent serving a as the Lead Instructor at Emory University School of Medicine Summer Science Academy in Atlanta, and doing clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Medical Student Summer Fellowship in New York. At MSK, I worked on the project: Attitudes towards opioids in patients with cancer pain. 

Last Spring, I was very fortunate to be pronounced a Biomedical Science Career Program Hope Scholar, an award granted by the Biomedical Science Career Program (BSCP) at Harvard Medical School. I also served as a panelist on “Getting into Medical School and Succeeding” at the 2014 BSCP Conference in Boston. More importantly, I was recently published as a first author for a research project that I worked on in medical school with my medical biochemistry professors and another medical student. Our article is entitled: Is There Pandemic Vitamin D Deficiency in the Black Population? A Review of Evidence. The entire paper can be found here:

As you can see, my life since Manhattan Comprehensive High School has been nothing short of wonderful, and I know that the dedication of teachers, college advisors and support staff there has assisted me on this amazing academic journey. I have two years left at medical school, and I aspire to be an interventional gastroenterologist. To all the students reading this I’ll like to encourage you to “never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn.” Seize every learning opportunity, give your best at everything you do and success will certainly follow you. -Ria.

Khalifa Sogue

posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:41 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 8:42 AM ]

I attended Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School from 2005-2007. I am originally from Senegal. I came to the United States to further my education and for the pursuit of a better life. MNDHS instilled in me confidence, leadership skills and team work. One of my English professors, Mr Ross, pushed me to be better in his class. He is the reason why I passed my English regents with flying colors. From the CDI staff to the school’ s staff the environment was a great. It made me want to push myself everyday because teachers wanted the best for us. 

Upon Graduation, I started college at New York City College of Technology where I pursued a degree in telecommunications engineering technology with a focus in wireless communications. Throughout my four years in college CDI and Margaret were a great help to my success. Margaret helped me with both legal matters and school matters: she is the BEST. After graduation I got a job as a network engineer and analyst. I got my first job with a company called BCMONE. There I got to learn new technologies and be part of a team where we each helped the other figure out hard problems. 

It was a pleasure to attend MCNDHS because it opened doors and opportunities for me. I hope many more to come.

Shirlgandy Saint Jean

posted Mar 12, 2015, 12:02 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 12:02 PM ]

Graduated from MCNDHS June 2010. I am currently enrolled at Lehman College/ CUNY. I am expected to graduate May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. I hold an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and a minor degree in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. I am on the Dean’s List at Lehman College and was the President of the French Speaking World Club at BMCC. I am a full time student with a 3.3 GPA. I work as an Assistant Teacher at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Early Childhood Center. I will start working towards my Master’s Degree in Community Health Education in the fall semester of 2015. Apart from school and work, I serve as a Youth President at my Church and I volunteer to help others in my community with immigration issues.

Victor Chen

posted Mar 11, 2015, 2:02 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 12:07 PM ]

After graduating in 2008, I attended Colby College as a Posse Foundation Scholar, majoring in Economics. During my time at Colby, I was the CEO of Colby Student Investment Association (largest student organization by membership and by dedicated endowed fund of $200K), Student President of the Colby Entrepreneurial Alliance, a Hall Staff, and the Student Manager of Pugh Center of Intercultural Communications. I truly enjoyed my experience socially and academically and was named George F. Baker Scholar for Committment in a Career in Business and Entrepreneurship and the recipient of the Student Affairs Award for Diversity and Human Difference. After graduation, I spent most of my time at BlackRock's Strategic Planning & Finance organization serving as the business unit CFO for Aladdin Product Group, our internal software development organization. I collaborate with business unit heads, COO's, Human Resources, and General Accounting to prioritize strategic initiatives and identify cost-saving opportunities - it has been exciting to be a trusted finance partner and yield business strategy along side with management. Outside of work, I have continued my passion of giving back through educational initiatives: I serve as the National Director of Scholarship Fund for the National Association of Asian American Professionals, the VP for the Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management Program Alumni Association, and member of Colby's Alumni Council. In fall 2015, I will be attending Kellogg School of Management (Northwester) to pursue my MBA as a Posse

Coast Guard Fireman Shares Story of Enlistment

posted Mar 6, 2015, 5:27 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 5:28 PM ]

Read about recent MCNDHS graduate class of 2011, 
Shirlanda Charles

CAPE MAY - Coast Guard Fireman Shirlanda Charles is a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, who began her military service with an uncommon perspective and a unique kind of patriotism.

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