School officials recognized 97 students on Wednesday night for securing $10,000 or more in scholarship awards.
The three students with the largest scholarship awards were Silk City Academy student Rosanny Lora and John F. Kennedy High School students Brianna Shannon and Naeem McNeil.
Lora received an $88,000 scholarship from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Shannon procured a $68,000 scholarship from the College of St. Elizabeth, and McNeil obtained a $68,000 award from Saint Peter’s University, according to the district.
Another John F. Kennedy High School student Jennifer Rodriguez received a full-ride Gates Millennium Scholars award to Rutgers University.
State-appointed district superintendent Donnie Evans and the board of education members recognized the students with certificates on Wednesday night.
“These students have made us all proud,” said Evans. “They are the many success stories taking place in our district.”
“Job well done. Greatness does reside in Paterson,” said school board vice president Chrystal Cleaves at the board meeting.
The district also recognized other students for various awards and a teacher at the same presentation. Yes Academy student Aaron Miller was recognized for his acceptance to the Disney Dreamers Academy.
John F. Kennedy High School student Jeferson Mendoza was recognized for being accepted to the Governor’s School of New Jersey, a tuition-free summer program for high-achieving high schoolers interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“These children don’t get the accolades that students in some other schools do. We need to establish them as examples. These are the students we want our students to model themselves after,” said another board member Jonathan Hodges.
Veteran John F. Kennedy High School mathematics teacher Blair Seidler was recognized for receiving the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship award from Johns Hopkins University for doing an “outstanding” job in challenging students.
The students he challenged were from a summer course he taught in Seattle focusing on interesting math paradoxes. He was nominated by one of his former students, who lives in California, for the award.
Seidler challenges his students the same way at the School of Education and Training at John F. Kennedy High School.