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Scholars' program recognizes three outstanding seniors

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 24, 2017) -- The Business and Education Partnership has selected three Albany High School seniors for the 2017 Scholars’ Recognition Program.

 

The partnership selected Eileen Bequette, Ridhwana Haxhillari and Nicholas Rosado for the program, which recognizes seniors from all area high schools based on their achievements in scholarship, leadership, citizenship and service.

 

Each student then identifies a teacher or other school staff person who has had the most significant influence on her or him. All of the scholars are recognized at an annual dinner and in a special “Times Union” section, which the newspaper published May 18.

 

Bequette, who will attend the University of Rochester, selected track and field coach Jeffery Barnes. “Coach Barnes has been critical to my success in track and field,” she wrote. “While demanding a lot, he is always patient, positive and encouraging.”

 

Haxhillari, who will attend Harvard University, selected English teacher Megan Donohue. “Ms. Donohue has believed in me through my self-doubt, encouraged me to leave my comfort zone and introduced me to methodologies that expand my academic abilities,” Haxhillari wrote.

 

Rosado, who will attend Hudson Valley Community College, selected guidance counselor Kristy Koldis. “Ms. Koldis has had an enormous impact on my academic career at AHS,” Rosado wrote. “She made me realize my full potential through motivation and encouragement.”

 

Pictured (L-R): Rosado and his mother, Elizabeth; Koldis; Barnes; Bequette and her mother, Patricia Fahy; Haxhillari and Donohue.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves nearly 9,700 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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