Below is an interview with WHSAD Senior Reginald Huggins who was honored with a prestigious scholarship: the Walter A Hunt Jr. Scholarship. The Walter A Hunt, Jr. Scholarship is exclusively for a high school senior attending a New York City public or charter school who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture at a NAAB-accredited school within the United States. Reginald will receive $10,000 per year for the first 2 years of study to support his college tuition and other related costs. To learn more about the scholarship, read the official press release from the Center for Architecture here. Reginald recounts not only how it was that he achieved the scholarship, but also his days at WHSAD, and his future. Q: How do you … [Read more...]
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Class of 2019 seniors taking a photo on their Graduation Day. (From Left to Right: Chamonte Greenfield, Melina Jorge, Arthur Cambridge, and Richard Sanchez) Class of 2019 Seniors photographed with their guidance counselor Ms. Erneste. WHSAD Senior Reginald Huggins the 2019 recipient of the Rohan Levy Foundation Scholarship, joined by WHSAD alumni who have also received the scholarship. (From Left to Right: Jalen Vazquez, Reginald Huggins, and Kenneth Nelson) Graduation is one of these experiences in a person's life that doesn’t come around frequently, so when it does, it is very special. Graduation is a time to celebrate and remember all of your accomplishments throughout the past four years. When looking back, many can get … [Read more...]
Attendees of the Little Free Library in October 2018 event gathered to discuss the project and what it means for the future of our community. This event was extremely important as I was introduced to several notable people who have been involved in my work life ever since. (Pictured from Left to Right: Heather Butts, Gill Cornell, Antonio Perez, and Karen Watts) If I could choose one word to explain this year, I would choose, unexpected. Because that’s honestly what my experience has been. Every day was something new in the best way. And for this, I couldn’t be more grateful. Grateful for all the opportunities I have been given, and all the amazing people I have met because of these opportunities. Looking back at this year, I don’t have … [Read more...]
On Saturday, May 11th a team of students from WHSAD took a trip to the town of Lake Como, New Jersey to present their proposed redesigns for Lake Como to the town's committee. According to Executive Director of the project, Heather Butts, “The project is a collaboration with Lake Como, NJ, Monmouth University, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths and the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. The title of the project is ‘Lake Front Fun and Wildlife Park’ and the collaboration was formed to achieve environmental, health, social and economic improvement in the town of Lake Como, NJ. The school has effectively ‘adopted’ Lake Como with an educational approach that will benefit both the students and the residents of the town.” Students … [Read more...]
Parent Coordinator Lai Sin Chu helping students to make their flowers Saturday, May 11th, the day before Mother's Day, students from WHSAD's community service club, led by Ms. Spaziani, went down to the Jennings Hall Senior Citizen Housing to spend the evening with some of the residents. Additionally, the students presented flowers made from construction paper and recycled water bottles from the school. The excited women who received the flowers Parent Coordinator, Lai Sin Chu, approached the community service club and asked them if they wanted to learn how to make flowers with construction paper with recycled water bottles from the school. Because Mother's Day was only two weeks away, Ms. Spaziani, who directs the … [Read more...]
Students, staff, and community leaders enjoyed working together to help literacy grow throughout New York City. WHSAD students continue to work to enhance literacy throughout New York City. This time, our students, supported by Ms. Heather Butts of Health for Youths, and teachers Mr. Alain Codio and Ms. Sandra Spaziani, visited Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders in the Bronx. During this event, students and staff members from both schools collaborated to build more Little Free Libraries, read to one another, and enjoy seeing how libraries built in the past have flourished. A Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders safety agent supports students in building a new library. A total of seven libraries have been built between two events. … [Read more...]
WHSAD Junior Albert Rodriguez started off by familiarizing his team of students with each part of the process in constructing the Little Libraries. The Polish government and consul provided a grant to build Little Free Libraries to be housed in D14 schools and the Greenpoint community, with the goal of creating multilingual collections representative of the diversity of our students. Under the guidance of WHSAD students, teams will be formed between several high school, middle schools, and elementary schools. This will be a collaboration of the study of the diversity and culture within the district between Pilsudski Institute, District 14 Community Schools, and WHSAD. All participants will engage in programming around the building … [Read more...]
Thank you to Keldwin Portes (left) and Lisa Lewis (right) for providing support for students throughout their creative processes. Over the last few months, select students have been working on projects to pay homage to the storied history and current energy of New York City jazz. Partnering with the New York City Department of Buildings and Architecture Grille, students learned an array of technical skills and built their networks for the future. Dariel Paulino explains his thought process to Keldwin Portes, AutoCAD Drafter at Architecture Grille. WHSAD would like to thank all of those who worked with our students through the creative process. In particular, Keldwin Portes and Jason Allocco from Architecture Grille; Lisa … [Read more...]
Thank you to The Brant Foundation for hosting our students and providing them with insights regarding Jean-Michel Basquiat's life and work. Jean-Michel Basquiat was an extraordinary artist from New York City in the 1980s. Basquiat created very non-traditional pieces of art that pushed limits and boundaries, which can be seen through his vibrant use of color and intense brush strokes, as well as the unconventional objects he used as his canvas. His unique style gained him a large amount of prestige and fame in the white-European dominated art world, which I personally found amazing, considering he was a poverty stricken man of Puerto Rican and Haitian descent. Students received an introduction to the works and life of Basquiat. … [Read more...]
Ms. Newton's students enjoyed the experience of attending the Broadway production of King Lear at the Cort Theatre. “Who is it that can tell me who I am?” It is such sentiment that makes a work such as King Learn transcendental. Wondering about identity is something prevalent in each high school student’s experience, and an adolescent often looks to others to help define identity. Therefore, when students examine William Shakespeare’s work, it is in those students’ best interests to see the Bard’s words as relevant to a modern context. This year, Ms. Newton’s freshman English class has been studying Romeo and Juliet. Through this work, students have seen examples of relationship dynamics and impulsive nature commonly … [Read more...]