2009-10-23 / Milestones

Math and Science H.S. Senior to Graduate Early

Raymond Ramos, a senior at the Math and Science Re - search and Technology High School (MAST H.S.) in the Campus Magnet Com plex in Cambria Heights, who lives in Far Rockaway, is preparing to double up in a few courses as he prepares to graduate early; that is, by January 2010. While in Brian Piccolo Middle School 53, Ramos took high school level courses, passed the Regents exams and earned six regular high school credits prior to entering high school.

He is continuing the practice of taking advanced courses because he already has passed an advanced placement, college level calculus course and is currently taking AP classes in English and Spanish. With a GPA of 3.5, he is a member of Arista and should receive an advanced Regents diploma at graduation because he has passed all of his required Regents examinations with high grades.

Ramos is on the Campus Track and Tennis teams, is a member of the Nation al Honor Society for mathematics, and plays the flute in the Humanities and the Arts H.S. Concert and March ing Band. The high school is also part of the Campus Magnet Complex. He tutors younger children in Far Rockaway and also helps supervise the recreation center in the building in which he lives.

Reflecting on his years in public schools, Ramos feels that math teacher John Johnson at MS 53 had a great influence on his life. He was terrible in math but Johnson, "Never gave up on me and prepared me with excellent mathematical skills." Today we see the results of the work of a dedicated middle school teacher.

Ramos is applying to Drexel Uni - versity, South Carolina University, North Carolina University and Leh - man College. He plans to major in music management with a concentration in music performance. Thomas Pappas, guidance counselor at MAST High School, is helping him to pick the right college. Jose M. Cruz is the principal of MAST High School.

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