Thursday, June 2, 2011

May 4th - Community Board 2 Youth Awards

Every year Community Board 2 on Staten Island awards college scholarships to high school seniors in two categories: lifetime achievement and community involvement. This year the awards dinner was held at the Renaissance, a catering hall on Staten Island, and approximately 25 scholarships were given out to high school seniors from across the island.

The scholarship recipients, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, & Me
Through my involvement with Annette Esposito, the chair of the event, I was invited to be a keynote speaker along side Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. I was able to congratulate each scholarship recipient personally and spoke the group about dedication, hard work, and flexibility as they begin their college career. This was particularly poignant for me as I was anticipating my college graduation, only 16 short days ahead.

It was great to hear the individual stories of these young people who are all so active in their school communities as well as the Staten Island Community.