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March Student of the Month: Jynita Woods

MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Jynita Woods School: Philadelphia High School for Girls Nominated By:Kathleen DiTanna, Teacher – AP Language and AP Literature Jynita Woods came to Girls’ High from a co-ed school, and it’s clear from speaking with her that she credits a lot of her positive academic experiences over the last four…

March Student of the Month: Samirah Stephens

March Student of the Month: Samirah Stephens

MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Samirah Stephens School: Hill-Freedman World Academy Nominated By: Thomas Emerson – Teacher Some people make leaving a mark and being an inspiration seem simple. It doesn’t look like they work too hard at it, or that they are wrestling with the right moves to make next – they make…

Milan and her mom

February Student of the Month: Milan Dukes

FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Milan Dukes School: Central High School Nominated By: Mike Horwits, 281 Class Sponsor, AP Gov and Social Science Teacher When you meet Milan, you’re immediately struck by her delightful optimism, her underlying self-confidence, the maturity in her stories and the calm she seems to infuse in the room (even…

February Student of the Month: Vy Nguyen

February Student of the Month: Vy Nguyen

FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Vy Nguyen School: Philadelphia High School for Girls Nominated By: Megan McNamara & Joseph Marchetti – Teachers Every once in a while you meet a person who humbles you. Perhaps not at first, but after you speak to them, learn who they are and what they’ve experienced, witness their…

January Student of the Month: Malcolm Miller

January Student of the Month: Malcolm Miller

JANUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Malcolm Miller School: Masterman Nominated By: James Allen – Counselor When you meet Malcolm, you realize instantly you’ve met a kid who’s going places. In fact, many places–and constantly adding more! First, you have to keep up with his jet stream of enthusiastic chat. It’s jam-packed with excitement and optimism,…

January Student of the Month: Anyelo Taveras-Marte

January Student of the Month: Anyelo Taveras-Marte

JANUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Anyelo Taveras-Marte School: Furness Nominated By: Jihee Choi – Music Teacher Some of the most fascinating people are those who refuse to settle for the labels that the world places upon them. According to the world, Anyelo Taveras-Marte shouldn’t be thriving. He’s an immigrant, an English Language Learner from…

Kadiatou Sacko Student of the Month

December Student of the Month: Kadiatou Sacko

DECEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Kadiatou Sacko School: Palumbo High School Nominated By: Charlie McGeehan – Social Science & US History Teacher When you think of a change-maker, you might envision someone iconic, with a forceful presence and an almost militant dedication to their cause. So when you meet Kadiatou, it may come as…

December Student of the Month: Bendu Borbor

December Student of the Month: Bendu Borbor

DECEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Bendu (Bebe) Borbor School: Frankford High School Nominated By: Joseph Fraioli – JROTC Teacher & Jonathan Michels – Basketball Coach When we think about unstoppable forces, we usually think about fictional characters first – Juggernaut, Superman, James Bond, etc. Then, perhaps we think of titans of industry like Tom Brady or…

November Student of the Month: Cherilynn Chow

November Student of the Month: Cherilynn Chow

NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Cherilynn Chow School: Masterman High School Nominated By: Gilda Abney – Counselor The past few years have been challenging. As if continuing to battle the uncertainty of a global pandemic wasn’t enough, for some in our Philadelphia communities, the trauma has just continued to pile on. Masterman senior Cherilynn…

November Student of the Month: Nathaniel Gordon

November Student of the Month: Nathaniel Gordon

NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Nathaniel Gordon School: Gateway to College Nominated By: Monifa Young – Director Former Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton once said, “Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.” What Ms. Clinton expressed — and what the intelligent and mature among us know — is that…