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Celebration of Bronxville School Senior Class On Display PDF Print Email

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By Suzanne Pratt Davis

May 27, 2020: In a powerful display of community solidarity, Bronxville High School’s Senior Class was honored this past weekend with signs on the Bronxville Public Library lawn. Each sign contained a senior’s photograph, first name and the message, “Congratulations, Bronxville Class of 2020.”

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The Bronxville Department of Public Works lined up the 133 signs on the corner of Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road, and they remained in place from Thursday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 26.

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Throughout the holiday weekend, masked onlookers wandered among the placards — a stark reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused not only global suffering but it has also stolen the senior spring from this year’s graduating class.

“We liked the image of the seniors standing together as a class when they have been unable to do so,” said Patricia Knox, a senior parent, who along Dana MacNaughton and Philippa Freeman came up with the concept.

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The Bronxville School PTA funded the signs, which were gifted to each senior’s family as a keepsake.

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“The loss of year-end traditions and celebrations is devastating for all of the graduating seniors. It is equally heartbreaking for parents and the community who love and support them,” said Suzette Sands, President of the Bronxville School PTA.

Senior portraits courtesy of photographer June Greenspan

Photos of the signs by A. Warner

 
Bronxville Senior Class Holds Car Parade on May 26, 2020 PDF Print Email
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By Staff

May 27, 2020: Tuesday, May 26th was another day of celebrating for the Bronxville School Senior Class.

They formed a noisy parade of festive cars with police cars flashing lights and blowing sirens at the front and back of the parade. 

The car parade started at the Bronxville Elementary School canopy, where the teachers and administrators cheered and waved, then circled past Lawrence Hospital for a tribute to the essential workers and doctors.

The hospital staff showed their appreciation with loud clapping and a banner congratulating the Seniors.

A fun and uplifting experience was had by all participants and spectators who practiced proper social distancing, with a smile.

Below are pictures taken by MyhometownBronxville photographers, Neely Bower and Allaire Warner.

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Sabrina Mellinghoff Named National Merit Scholarship Winner PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

May 27, 2020: Bronxville High School senior Sabrina Mellinghoff has been named a winner in this year’s 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program competition. She is among an elite group of students nationwide to receive a $2,500 scholarship. 

Mellinghoff entered the academic competition as a junior, along with approximately 1.6 million students nationwide, by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that served as an initial screen of entrants. Students with the highest scores were chosen to advance to the semifinals before the pool was further narrowed down. Mellinghoff was selected as one of 7,500 winners from a group of more than 15,000 distinguished finalists.

According to its website, the National Merit Scholarship Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

Pictured: Bronxville High School senior Sabrina Mellinghoff

Photo courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District 


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Bronxville School Board of Trustee Election and Budget Vote is June 9, 2020 PDF Print Email

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By Susan Meaney, Member, NPC

May 27 ,2020: After an initial postponement due to COVID-19, and in accordance with the NYS Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.26,the Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely on June 9, 2020 with voting to be conducted by Absentee Ballot only.  

Per the District Clerk, all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot by mail and, to be counted, absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on June 9, 2020.

The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees ("NPC") has chosen to endorse two nominees, Jennifer Russo and Michael Finley, as its candidates to fill the two vacant seats for the Bronxville Board of Education. Each of the nominees is currently a School Board Trustee and is seeking re-election to the position. 

The NPC is very enthusiastic about the candidates and the skills and abilities they bring to the School Board. 

To give the Bronxville community the opportunity to speak with the nominees, the NPC typically hosts an open-house reception at this time. 

However, current social distancing guidance and rules preclude this. 

To try to provide a similar forum for the community in lieu of the reception, we welcome your emailed questions for the nominees instead at CLOAKING .

Below is some background for each nominee:

Jennifer Russo

 

Since moving to Bronxville in 2003, Jennifer has been extensively involved in the community through her work with the school, her neighborhood association, and a number of philanthropic organizations in the area. She is currently working as an SAT/ACT tutor.  She previously worked in interior design following several years on Wall Street as a corporate bond analyst at Lehman Brothers.

Jennifer is currently a trustee of child services organization Graham Windham, where she co-chairs an annual holiday program for more than 100 children living in Graham's residential facility in Hastings. She is also a School Programs Guide at the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other nonprofit work includes volunteering as a college coach for ScholarMatch and tutoring at Mount Vernon High School for Destination College.

In addition, Jennifer has contributed extensively to The Bronxville School through multiple leadership positions on various school councils and the PTA. Jennifer and her husband, Jim, have two daughters at The Bronxville School, one in twelfth grade, the other in ninth. Jennifer attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in East Asian Studies, and then returned to earn her MBA from The Wharton School.

Michael Finley

A Bronxville resident since 2004 and a member of the Board of Education for the past three years, Michael has had an extensive career in private equity, first at Lehman Brothers and then, for the past 20 years, at two private equity firms that managed multibillion-dollar funds. Over the course of the last 15 years, Michael has been a member of multiple private and public company boards, interacting with all levels and types of management teams. Michael holds an MBA and is a certified public accountant.

Michael and his wife, Denise, are raising two girls – one who went K-12 at The Bronxville School and is now a rising senior in college and the younger daughter is a sophomore in the high school. He attended Union College and the University of St. Thomas in his native Minnesota, where he majored in business and economics. He received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

What is the NPC and what does the NPC do?

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of Trustees of the Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis and consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts.  

Nomination by the NPC is not a requirement to run for the school board.  The NPC seeks qualified Bronxville residents who are interested in serving on the school board. The NPC actively seeks community input about all applicants, then nominates a candidate for each open school board position to run in the school district election each year, while making every effort to be as transparent as possible to the Bronxville community in its process.  You can learn more about the NPC at www.bronxvillenpc.com.


Pictured at top: Bronxville School in spring 2019; photo by A. Warner

Photos of candidates courtesy NPC


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.





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Bronxville Students Advance to National Level of Historical Research Competition PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

May 27, 2020: A group of Bronxville High School students – freshman Jack Evans and sophomores Rowan Baror, Mia Berkolayko, Olivia Cevasco, Zana Gjoni, Olesya Gorbunova, Avery Jones and Julia Narkaj – have advanced to compete at the national level of the 2020 National History Day competition. 

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Mia Berkolayko, Zana Gjoni, Olesya Gorbunova, Avery Jones and Julia Narkaj with their exhibit

“Our students competed against the best ninth through 12th grade history students, from the best schools across New York State, and were awarded the top honor of competing nationally,” said teacher Christina Reidel, who co-facilitates the program along with fellow teacher Dana Landesman. “This is an extraordinary achievement. We are extremely proud of the way they represented themselves, the Bronxville School, and the historical past.” 

Over the last several months, the students have been conducting extensive historical research on a topic of their choice on this year’s National History Day theme of “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students’ work is displayed in one of five ways – paper, website, documentary, performance, or exhibit.

Evans will compete in the Individual Exhibit category with his project, “Martin Luther: The Original Whistleblower.” Cevasco and Baror will compete in the Group Documentary category with their project, “Mercury 13: Breaking Barriers for Female Astronauts at NASA.” Berkolayko, Gjoni, Gorbunova, Jones, and Narkaj will compete in the Group Exhibit category with their project, “Let My People Go: The Refuseniks and Fighting for Their Freedom.” 

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Jack Evans' exhibit

“This is the largest cohort of students from the district to be selected for the national competition, and the first time we have had a ninth grade student move on to the national competition,” Reidel said. 

To prepare for the nationals, the students have been meeting virtually with their history teachers and revising their research projects based on the judges’ feedback from the state competition. Similar to the regional and state competitions, the national competition will be held virtually. Students are required to submit their work by May 22 before they are judged by professors and scholars.

Pictured at top: Bronxville High School sophomores Rowan Baror and Olivia Cevasco meet virtually with their teachers Christina Reidel and Dana Landesman to prepare for the national level of the competition.

Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District 


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.





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