2005-11-11 / Community

Scholars’ Academy Has ‘Principal For The Day’

by Ebony Easley Scholars

by Ebony Easley
Scholars’ Academy, School Newspaper Reporter

  • October 20, 2005 was no regular day at the Scholars’ Academy. As the students gathered in the lunchroom for their morning routines, Principal O’Connell welcomed a surprise guest. Melina Gomez introduced herself and informed the students that she would be the “Principal For A Day.”
  • I, along with a fellow Scholar, Michael Lanci, had the honor of being her escorts for the day. After leaving the lunchroom, we gave Gomez a tour of our school. As we walked, she began to tell us a little bit more about her background.

    Gomez began telling us that we should always try to pursue our dreams. She told us that we should take whatever skills we have and run with them. Gomez said that’s exactly what she did and it got her to where she is today.

    Later on in the day, Lanci and I had the opportunity to sit down and interview our “Principal For A Day.” We began by talking about her educational background.

    “I went to school right here in Queens,” Gomez said with an immense smile on her face. “I went to PS 85 or elementary school and MS 141 for junior high.”

    She told us that by the time she went to high school on Long Island, she knew that she wanted to become an actor. Her desire to become an actor is what drove her to acquire a degree from NYU with a major in theater arts.

    However, life took a dramatic turn for this aspiring actress. Armed with her theater degree, she decided to get an MBA from Baruch College and take on the business world.

    “I loved acting, but I felt that because I liked math so much that getting my MBA would be the next best step in my career,” Gomez responded.

    We then began to inquire about Gomez’s job history. She has worked at Scholastic Publishing and is now in the financial services industry.

    While the business field may seem worlds away from the creativity and vitality of the stage, the two ventures merge together quite well.

    “Actually I am a sales person for several different companies, so I don’t sit behind a desk all day,” she said. “I go out and talk to other people, so I guess what I learned about public speaking in school makes it easier for me to communicate effectively.”

    The interview lasted approximately 30 minutes. Gomez told us that to her, school was a challenging place. “If you’re not being challenged, you’re not learning!” she exclaimed. This reporter agreed wholeheartedly.

    Finally, Lanci asked a highly anticipated question: “What will you personally be doing for the Scholars’ Academy? How can you help us?”

    Gomez said, “I will definitely be talking to several different organizations about funding for your programs. The school is a really exciting place and I will do all that I can to help keep it that way.”

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