1999-12-18 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

Far Rockaway High School was on the air on Saturday, December 11, when a group of students accompanied by Mrs. Willard went to radio station WGBB (1240 AM). Slima Alfayi, Jean Paule Christie, Tariqua McLamb, Moses Polonio, Kharen Moy and Melissa Figueroa discussed such issues of concern to today’s teenagers as school security and teen attitudes toward sex. Mrs. Willard described the students as "poised and eloquent."

"Perhaps," she suggested, "there is a future Montel or Oprah in the group," as she praised her students for a job well done.


On Friday, December 10, 20 students, all virtual employees of FRHS’s virtual clothing company, ETC!, Inc. attended a conference at Kingsborough Community College with 1300 other students, all engaged in the Virtual Enterprise programs at New York City High Schools. Along with representatives from 20 other schools new to the three-year-old program, FRHS introduced its business plan to a capacity audience in KCC’s MAC conference center. Using an animated Powerpoint graphic presentation created by senior Ian Davidson, the officers of the company, CEO Moses Polonio and corporate vice-presidents Diana Bain, Teena Barnett and Shakira Senior described the goals and operation of ETC., Inc. to very warm and supportive audience response. The Virtual Enterprise program allows students to set up a mock company and—using the resources of modern technology and the internet—to trade and compete with other virtual companies in other schools in other places. All told, fifty-two New York City schools and hundreds of others in the United States and Europe take part in Virtual Enterprise. The KCC conference also featured workshops on business methods, accounting procedures and technological innovations.


As part of a continuing personal effort to introduce students to the Broadway theater, Mrs. Francine Cappell founded the Theater Appreciation Club. Last Monday evening, she took five students to see "Les Miserables." Sakiyna Harris, Ah-too Jordan, Ayana Wise, Lakisha Johnson and Melanie Zayas were impressed and delighted by the experience. Other plays the club has seen include "The Civil War," "On the Town" and "The Diary of Anne Frank."


On Tuesday, December 22, assemblies will be entertained by the FRHS Music Department. Mr. Carpentier will direct the gospel choir, student piano soloists and a new FRHS Jazz Combo. The combo consists of several students and saxophonist alumnus Kareem Walkes with Mr. Carpentier on piano. As a special treat, band teacher Mr. Keith Jordan will conduct the premier performance of the FRHS Ensemble, an instrumental group who will play holiday songs.


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