2000-06-24 / Columnists

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Beach Channel High School

June’s second week is always unique for Beach Channel High School, as it represents the annual senior awards presentations. This year was particularly outstanding in that several of our awardees are receiving scholarships ranging from $250 to $35,000 (not including Steven Rocker’s full scholarship to Columbia University and Andrea Valentin’s scholarship for four years at Southampton College, valued at approximately $80,000).

But, awards night is more than money; it is the culmination of many years of effort in both academic endeavors and community participation. Altogether, 78 Beach Channel graduates took home awards on June 13, with valedictorian Ching Yi Lam (Jennie) taking 12 awards, including gold medals in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and social studies, and two St. John’s University "Women in Science" certificates for physics and chemistry.

Steven Rocker, already honored by the Children’s Defense Fund and having appeared on "The Rosie O’Donnell Show" was also a recipient of 13 awards, including an award for sustained excellence in English from the NYC Association of Assistant Principals; silver medals in chemistry, mathematics, and social studies; a certificate of merit for community service from Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; and a HERO Award for community service at Peninsula Hospital, where Steven put in more than 300 hours of volunteer service this year alone.

Other multi-award winners included Nate Brown, who won awards from Councilman Al Stabile and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown; Debbieann Brown, who received the Chancellor’s Roll of Honor, the CSA Leadership Award, the Steve Damashek Memorial Award, and an award for service to the guidance department; and Tiffinie Bryant, who received the High School Principal’s Leadership Award, the Richard Welling Certificate for Service, Chancellor’s Roll of Honor, and the Raymond and Kathleen Quinn Memorial Award.

Other big winners included Jason Chase for his work in art and a HERO Award; Nkechi Chuke with science, Spanish, and business education awards; Aaron Page-Allan for four award in art; Julienne Mundle with eight awards for community and schools service, including awards named after deceased teachers Ken Weinman and Deje Geller; and Kisha Shinn, with seven awards including the WABC-TV Above and Beyond Award and an award from Congressman Gregory Meeks.

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