2000-05-06 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

Leticia Seaton, a junior, has been accepted into a prestigious program sponsored by the City University of New York and designed to prepare minority students for the tough requirements of medical training. The Queens Bridge to Medicine Program is a one-year, academically rigorous college-level program which can result in students gaining admission to the competitive Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, which, in turn, guarantees a seat in one of seven New York State medical colleges. The Sophie Davis School and the Queens Bridge to Medicine program use space provided by York College. In their senior year, students in the program attend three classes a day at their home high schools and then move to the Sophie Davis School where they spend 25-hours per week taking classes in college-level chemistry, calculus and English.

For the student seriously interested in becoming a physician, this is an outstanding opportunity. Leticia, who has been a student at FRHS since the tenth grade, welcomes this chance. "I’m not exactly sure right now about becoming a doctor, "she said, "but this experience will surely help me decide what I want to do with my life."

Ms. Carol Rinzler, who as guidance counselor was instrumental in urging Leticia to apply for the Queens Bridge to Medicine Program, is just beginning to hear news of her students’ successes. Another piece of wonderful news is that senior Starsheema Drake has been awarded a full scholarship to a college in Rochester, New York. Not only will St. John Fisher University award Starsheema full tuition, but will pay her room, board, living and book costs as well.

FRHS is very proud of its accomplished students. Keep watching this column for more good news to come.

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