2002-02-02 / Sports

CSD 27 Student/Athletes of The Week

By Greg Carter

By Greg Carter

This is the first Community School District 27 Student/Athlete(s) of the week for the 3 on 3 Basketball Middle School Recreational Linkage Program. Our co-sponsors are the Project for the Rockaways and Youth in Safety and Education (PRYSE) and the Police Athletic League (PAL). I must say that I am becoming increasingly impressed with a good number of the forty student/athletes from our four middle schools, M.S. 198, M.S. 180, M.S. 53 and MS-43. I am joyfully looking towards our third week of play after school every Monday at J.H.S. 198.

I would like to focus on our first Girl/Boy recipients of the CSD-27/PRYSE/PAL Student/Athlete of the Week. The CSD 27 girl Student/Athlete of the week is Jaleesa Fraser and our boy winner, Jeremy Pruitt. I must acknowledge a good number of people who are making this particular endeavor possible. One person I would be truly remiss to not thank for her support is Phyllis Greenberg, Director of Special Projects for Community School District 27. Ms. Greenberg, I thank you, but more importantly the 40+ youths of CSD-27 thank you.

Special thanks should also be given to the four principles: Mr. John M. Quattrocchi of M.S. 43; Mr. Charles Dluznieski of M.S. 53; Mr. George Giberti of M.S. 180; and Ms. Beth Longo of M.S. 198. For everyone's information, the other 38 students voted for the winners. They are the real deal and will hopefully carry the baton of respect and education proudly.

Jaleesa Fraser, from the Rockaway Community, is the girls' Student/Athlete of the week. Jaleesa Fraser represents herself, her family and typifies how every parent would like their daughter to be. Fraser, an eighth grade student/athlete at M.S. 180, aspires to become an attorney. Presently, she is the # 1 ranked math student of her mid-term math program by scoring 100%.

Jaleesa also volunteers as a peer math tutor for the MS 180 Math program. Jaleesa also volunteers at the Oceanview Nursing Home by reading to the elderly. She is also a strong candidate for the John Hopkins University Summer Research program in mathematics.

It pleases me to see a bright young man trying to stay on the correct and positive path. Jeremy Pruitt is M.S. 198's Student/Athlete of the Week. He started his athletic career with the Rockaway Sports Association program. Jeremy is looking forward to attending Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. Jeremy has aspirations of receiving a basketball scholarship to either St. John's University or Seton Hall University. He would like to study Sports Management.

Jeremy's attitude is a bright beacon of light is because his mother, Irma Pruitt, is totally supportive of her son. Jeremy likes to play video games, dance and play sports. He proudly attends the New Beginning Pentecostal Church.

I would like to thank gym teachers, Mr. Cota of M.S. 53 and Mr. Gridelli of M.S. 180 and Jeffrey "Jazz" Moye, the greatest official on the rock.

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