The Week atThe Rock
FAR ROCKAWAY HIGH SCHOOL
by Stuart L. Asto
The traditional assembly celebrating February as Black History Month took place this year on Leap Year Day, February 29, with Mrs. W. Harris as mistress of ceremonies.
Readings, music and dance originated in the African–American community were performed by both students and staff, beginning with a presentation by Far Rockaway High School’s new band. Mr. Jordan conducted this group as they played an instrumental version of the famous spiritual, "Amazing Grace." Next, Principal Thomas Cunningham announced the winners of the Black History Month Essay and Poetry contests. The winning essayists, by grade, were seniors--Allissia Daley and Lyana Muniz, juniors--Tiann Honiwell and Nicolas Davis, sophomores--Darryl Whitner and Kerin St. Bernard, and freshmen--Sultana Abdurahman and Shaneeka Cunningham. Poetry contest winners were Adel Alleyne and Ranel Gennace.
Ms. Angela Toney, paraprofessional, read an original poem entitled, "Let My People Go," before senior Moses Polonio read a group of poems by Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Maya Angelou.
Next, Joseph Theodore played a spirited piano solo, rendering Scott Joplin’s "Ragtime." He was followed by Far Rockaway’s staff and student jazz band, conducted by Mr. R. Carpentier, playing "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." The finale of the assembly was a very well-received performance by the Far Rockaway High School step dancers. The assembled students greeted this wide range of talent with enthusiasm as well as respect.