Schools chancellor honors 2018 remarkable graduates

7/26/2018, 11:36 a.m.
Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and the New York Mets will honor 131 New York City high school graduates with the ...

Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and the New York Mets will honor 131 New York City high school graduates with the Remarkable Achievement and Recognition of Excellence Award at Citi Field. The award acknowledges the academic and extracurricular successes of recent graduates who have faced significant obstacles.

This year’s honorees hail from all five boroughs—38 attended high school in Brooklyn, 29 in Manhattan, 29 in the Bronx, 26 in Queens and 9 on Staten Island.

“Our Remarkable Graduates have demonstrated extraordinary talent and resilience, and I look forward to following the amazing things they accomplish in college and as they start their careers,” said Carranza. “They are the pride of New York City and our public schools, and I am excited to celebrate their achievements with them and their families.”

“The Mets are thrilled to host the Remarkable Achievement Awards and ceremony for the fifth year,” said Jeff Wilpon, Mets chief operating officer. “We are honored to showcase New York City’s most inspiring graduates. Their resilience and perseverance is an inspiration to us all.”

Each year, teachers, guidance counselors, principals and other school staff nominate students for the award. Honorees have excelled during their high school careers, received their diplomas and are going on to post-secondary education.

Honoree Keren Raymond turned her grief into drive.

At the start of her junior year, Raymond moved from Pennsylvania to New York City and began school at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn. She had recently lost her brother and her mother’s health was in decline. When her family moved into a shelter, Raymond immersed herself in school and turned her grief and challenges into drive. She enrolled in AP Biology, excelled in her high school’s competitive Medical Assistant Program and graduated as a certified clinical medical assistant and certified billing and coding specialist, and she is certified in CPR. Raymond will attend Kingsborough Community College and hopes to serve her community as a registered nurse.

“Keren Raymond is a self-motivated and empathetic student who strives for excellence at every turn,” said Keith S. Holgate, assistant principal at Clara Barton High School. “She is the backbone of her family and caretaker of her mother and younger sister. Clara Barton High School has been so proud to support her in helping her achieve her goal of graduating with a CTE-endorsed diploma and going on to college.”

Honoree Nicholas Williams overcame life’s challenges on the football field and beyond.

Williams has faced great hardship, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his goals. He was raised by multiple family members and even friends after the loss of his mother and his father was placed in a long-term health care facility. During his time at the High School for Youth and Community Development in Brooklyn, Williams has exceeded expectations, maintaining a high average and being an integral part of the Erasmus Hall citywide championship football team. Williams will attend Saint Francis College in the fall, where he has received a partial track scholarship.

“I have treasured having Nicholas in our school and watching him grow,” said Marie Prendergast, principal of High School for Youth and Community Development Erasmus Hall. “He always has a ready smile and is one of the kindest young men I have ever met.”