Graduation is a time of tremendous sentience. The throwing of caps holds both excitement and anxiety. The months, weeks, and days leading up to commencement are filled with anticipation, and when it's time to walk across that stage and move that tassel to the left, emotions crescendo into euphoria. There's something of an instantaneous transformation that calls for celebration, reflection, and separation. WHSAD's class of 2018 demonstrated how emotions run the gamut during the ceremony as there was plenty of laughter, quite a bit of smiling, and a few sentimental tears. There were also words of wisdom provided by speakers such as Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Kimberley McCollum; Salutatorian, Kenneth Nelson, Jr.; Keynote speaker, Mr. … [Read more...]
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On Monday, June 11th the Van Arsdale Cardinals baseball team took on the Bathgate Bulldogs in the PSAL AA Baseball City Championship at Yankee Stadium. Both teams played well, and while Bathgate defeated Van Arsdale 6-1, the Cardinals’ 2018 season is one to be celebrated. Part of the team are three members of the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design student body: Seniors Isaiah Jimenez Brice and Christopher Maldonado and Freshman Christian Centeno. Isaiah and Christopher will graduate and move on to Bryant and Stratton in Virginia and Florida International in Miami, respectively, while Christian will have three more years to make his mark at WHSAD for the Van Arsdale Cardinals. Below, Isaiah and … [Read more...]
The Rohan Levy Foundation @rohanlevyfoundation was founded in honor of Rohan Levy, a promising 15 year old young man and student at WHSAD, who was killed by gun violence in his Brooklyn community. The following is an interview student correspondent Antonio Perez conducted with Ms. Nadine Sylvester, Rohan’s mother, regarding the foundation, its evolution, and how it has provided her with a source of hope in the aftermath of such a tragedy. After Rohan passed last February I knew immediately that I was going to give back to the community. I didn't initially think I was going to start a foundation, but I spoke with the Principal Cornell and told him that I would do a scholarship for that year. for a young man of color to go … [Read more...]
On behalf of the WHSAD community, we want to thank all the incoming students and parents of the Class of 2022 who attended the Freshmen Orientation on Saturday, June 9th. Your participation and support will help school staff ensure a smooth transition for your child from middle school to high school with all the required documentation and paperwork. Ms. C. Singh donated a BBQ basket and snacks and raised $127 for the Class of 2021. The winner of the basket raffle is Ms. W. Pompey. Thank you once again for your support. We are looking forward to working with you the next four years! … [Read more...]
This week WHSAD students completed their mural project for the Broadway production of "Once On This Island." Through their work, students pursued an objective that incorporated aspects of art and heritage that broadened their scopes of their creative abilities and the ever-changing world. Students felt the gratification of seeing their hard work progress from the brain-storming stage to development and drafting to the catharsis of completion. Below is a CBS news report covering the mural's unveiling and what some of the stakeholders think of the piece. Part of adolescence is gaining a better sense of one’s self. In the midst of the tumult of teenagehood, people begin to recognize who inhabits … [Read more...]
For high school students, and many people in general, it is often difficult to think beyond the day at hand. With so many responsibilities, demands on time, and efforts to simply enjoy one's life, it is easy to get caught up in the here and now and not consider what life could be in the coming weeks, months, and years. However, the future is out there, and, in order to prepare for its challenges, one must plan and prepare. Such preparation is something that many WHSAD students having been taking advantage of through the SYEP program. Students receive hands-on learning opportunities so that they can more seamlessly adjust to life after high school. Additionally, hired students fulfill their pressing immediate needs by making a nice … [Read more...]
When a project goes through all its stages and students see how ideas and mechanisms can shift over the course of a process, education reaches its ideal. By recognizing that one must be flexible in one’s thinking, reflect on strengths and weaknesses, and then continue being consistent while also adjusting to make improvements, students learn what so often takes place in the professional world. Few people, if any, come up with an idea and implement it to perfection on the very first try, so it is imperative that students learn about process and how to plan, act, reflect, and revisit so that, when it comes time to “go live,” the pieces put in place are honed and those who put those pieces there are thoroughly familiar and prepared to work … [Read more...]
Last week, newly appointed New York City Schools Chancellor, Mr. Richard A. Carranza hosted student journalists from various high schools at Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan. At this event, students networked with peers, cultivated their talents as school journalists, and develop a greater sense of agency by asking the chancellor about pressing issues. WHSAD's student correspondent, Antonio Perez, attended and provides his thoughts on and the questions and answers from the session. On Wednesday, May 9, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a journalists' meeting with the newly appointed NYC school chancellor, Richard Carranza. The meeting was extremely important because students were able to ask questions … [Read more...]
Achieving academic excellence in high school is no small feat. There are myriad variables and stimuli that can often divert a teenager's attention from the day-to-day task of effectively accomplishing his or her assignments. However, when students are able to buckle down and invest themselves in their learning, they not only gain insights about subject matter that advances their intellectual capacity for internalizing information and reasoning skills but also garner accolades that will support them in a more pragmatic sense. Five WHSAD Seniors have proven their mettle by attaining Advanced Regents Diplomas and New York State Academic Excellence Scholarships. Below, recipients provide insights as to what it took to gain such … [Read more...]
After four years at WHSAD, Seniors gathered to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Moving on to the next academic level can be a somewhat overwhelming and intimidating experience as students disperse to new locations and take on the rigors of college curricula. Therefore, taking a moment to savor the past, present, and future during the #idecided party was important for students to appreciate those experiences of the past and those yet to come. Below, some seniors share their thoughts about the event. Yesterday's college acceptance gathering was a relief. The college process was extremely hard but making a decision was even harder. After thinking about money, my best option, and what would make me most … [Read more...]