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Way to Go! Jenay Valentine of Hempstead

Jenay Valentine, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy

Jenay Valentine, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, completed Bloomberg Market Concepts certification. Photo Credit: Sacred Heart Academy

A Hempstead student-athlete is making her mark on both the running track and the financial track.

Jenay Valentine, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy, is captain of the tennis and winter track teams. She recently placed second in triple jump among 30 competitors at the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association Championships.

On the academic side, she was the school’s second student to receive Bloomberg Market Concepts certification after finishing eight hours of learning and testing in its Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, which provides hands-on experience with the same technology used by professionals. Sacred Heart, which plans to certify seniors starting with the 2017-18 school year, is the only all-female school with such a lab, school officials said.

“Obtaining my Bloomberg certification will give me a head start in my business courses in college,” said Valentine, 17.

She also is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society and has volunteered for six years at Hofstra University’s Saturday Scholars Academy. She helps children with their summer reading at Hempstead Public Library and sings in the choir at the Church of God of Prophecy in Brooklyn.

“Jenay is an incredibly hard worker and tries to take the lead in all she does,” said Karen Rienzi, the academy’s director of strategic marketing and communications.

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