NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- When New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson gave his annual State of the City Address on March 1, he chose to share the spotlight with several New Rochelle High School students. During his speech in the packed City Council Chambers, he asked the students to stand as he told the audience of what they had accomplished. They were:
Kimberly Collins, the senior class vice president, who was one of two high school students in New York State chosen by the U.S. Senate Youth Program to visit Washington D.C. and meet with government leaders.
Jensy Maldonado, who has devoted a senior project to finding scholarship opportunities for Dreamers - residents who are in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Zahra Masih, who conducted research related to cancer treatment at Regeneron last summer.
Juan Felipe Tobon-Rua, who led the New Rochelle High School varsity soccer team to the 2017 New York State championship.
Randall St. Louis, a National Merit Finalist and class of 2018 salutatorian who is an accomplished cellist and runner.
The Executive Committee of New Rochelle High School Model Congress was honored for its leadership and advocacy skills.
"They aren't the exception; they are the rule," Bramson said, adding that it had been difficult to choose just a few students to spotlight. "These students - and hundreds more like them - they are New Rochelle High School. They are New Rochelle."