Grad honorees at The Mount


Not only did College of Mount Saint Vincent graduates receive their diplomas at the school’s 106th commencement recently, but two students earned the Margaret Patterson McKee Service Award. 

Andrew Curiel and Jonathan Ramirez picked up the award, named after the mother of former mayor Joseph McKee. Margaret was an active volunteer on the college’s campus and within her community — much like Curiel and Ramirez.

Curiel traveled to Paterson, New Jersey, to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Ramirez was part of a group of students who stayed at Bethlehem Farm in Appalachia for a week rehabilitating a home through roofing, painting and carpentry.


School supplies sought for needy

It’s that time of year again when U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel collects school supplies for students who need them most. 

There are more than 14,000 students in the Bronx who could use a little extra help in the form of supplies at schools, according to the city’s independent budget office, and Engel is working with the Coalition for the Homeless for “Project: Back to School.” 

Anyone wishing to make a donation throughout August can do so at Engel’s office, 3655 Johnson Ave., weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


MCU awards $5,000 to local seniors

Municipal Credit Union gave its annual Charlie Faulding Memorial Scholarship to two high school students who hail from Riverdale. 

Grace McGrath from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and Brendan O’Sullivan from Fordham Preparatory School each received $5,000 from the credit union. 

McGrath plans to study electrical engineering at the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. O’Sullivan wants to study journalism at Quinnipiac University. 

They joined nine other graduating seniors winning the scholarship based on community service, letters of recommendations, extracurricular activities, and academics.


Manhattan College student grabs rare grant

Alex Vasquez is a Manhattan College student with a love of math. 

The secondary education major has taken his love for numbers and teaching to a summer research center at Illinois State University thanks to an undergraduate research grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The program gives Vasquez the opportunity to research topics focusing on discrete mathematics and experiments. The grant provides research opportunities so students can become teachers working effectively in a technologically advancing world. 

Vasquez already has completed teaching observations at P.S./M.S. 37 on West 230th Street, as well as at Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy. He also has worked at Connetquot High School on Long Island.


Horace Mann grad earns big scholarship 

Ricardo Rohan Pinnock is heading to North Carolina with a scholarship worth $260,000.

The Horace Mann School grad won the Belk Scholarship, described by some as one of the most celebrated undergraduate scholarship in the nation.

He’ll use it to attend Davidson College. 

Students earn it by showing colleges they have good academic standing, integrity and interests in a variety of school activities and their community. 

Eight recipients chosen from more than 1,200 students from across the country. 

The scholarship covers all of Pinnock’s academic fees with added stipends for travel and study.