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TOP OF THE CLASS

Forty Queens high schools responded to Newsday's boroughwide request for

information about their students graduating with the highest scholastic rank.

Many will pass along a legacy of overcoming long odds along varied paths to

success.

MONA ABDELGHANY

Queens Vocational and Technical

GPA: 95.6. U.S. Presidential Honor Society program. Alexander Medal for

art. Voted "Most Likely to Succeed." School leadership team. LEARN program. To

attend Hunter College, math and/or science. Lives in Long Island City.

SABINA Q. AHMAD

Academy of American Studies

GPA: 95.5. High-five scholarship and Minerva award. Graduation committee.

Law journal committee. Steinway branch library volunteer. Student council

president. School newspaper co-editor. To attend State University at Stony

Brook, biology. Lives in Astoria.

MIN NYI AUNG

Newcomers

GPA: 96.7. Student government. Math team. Peer mediation. BASE grant. To

attend Washington and Lee University, pre-med (biological sciences). Lives in

Woodside.

AMY BREITBERG

Bayside

GPA: 96.9. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute math and science award. Arista

honor society. Yearbook committee. Tennis team. To attend Cornell University,

biological sciences. Lives in Bayside.

NATASHA BROWN

Mathematics, Science Research & Technology Magnet

GPA: 95.2. Arista honor society president. Future Business Leaders of

America. Peer mentor. To attend New York University, chemistry. Lives in

Rosedale.

YANIQUE BUNSIE

Springfield Gardens

GPA: 95.1. American Chemical Society Project Seed. National Honor Society.

Future Business Leaders of America vice president. Queens Bridge to Medicine.

Volleyball, basketball, softball. To attend Union College or Queens College,

pre-medicine. Lives in Laurelton.

LENORE CERNIGLIA

Francis Lewis

GPA: 96.8. Math team. Arista honor society president. Moot court team.

Softball co-captain. Bowling. Service Corps. Tutor. Offices monitor. To attend

Arizona State University, criminology. Lives in Woodside.

CHIM WAI CHAN

Hillcrest

GPA: 93.9. SPARK peer counseling program. Volleyball. Environmental club.

Math team. To attend SUNY Binghamton, science. Lives in Forest Hills.

JEAN PAULE CHRISTIE

Far Rockaway

GPA: 96.1. National Honor Society. Math team. Peer mediation. Crafts club.

Volleyball. School newspaper. Yearbook. Principal's honor roll. Student

service. To attend St. John's University, biology/pre-medicine. Lives in Far

Rockaway.

MARIA LUISA DIMARCO

St. John's Prep

GPA: 102.8. National Honor Society president. Principal's list (4 years).

Photography club. Environmental awareness club. Italian culture club. Poetry

workshop. Computer club. To attend St. John's University, math and computer

science. Lives in Astoria.

SURBHI GROVER

Martin Van Buren

GPA: 98.1. School newspaper editor. Scholars co-chair. Arista honor

society. Leaders Organization. Executive Board. School literary magazine. To

attend Columbia University, engineering and pre-med. Lives in Queens Village.

SHAUN HAIDER JAFRI

The Windsor School

GPA: 96. National Honor Society. American Chemical Society. High Honor

Roll. Yearbook and literary magazine editor. Music and tennis clubs. Senior

Circle. Service Squad. To attend SUNY Stony Brook, medicine. Lives in Flushing.

CHANDINI JAISINGHANI

August Martin

GPA: 97.5. Key Club president. Arista honor society vice president. Student

government president. Tutor. Homecoming princess. Rensselaer Polytechnic

Institute medal. Xerox award. To attend New York University, biochemistry and

immune biology. Lives in Jamaica.

RAMNIK JASPAL

John Bowne

GPA: 97. National Honor Society treasurer. Math mentor. CCNY SPISE

(science) program participant. Science club. To attend Mount Holyoke College,

international relations. Lives in Kew Gardens Hills.

AI (ALEEN) KOU

Flushing

GPA: 98.2. Arista and Archon honor societies. Albert Shanker United

Federation of Teachers scholarship. Track and field. Volleyball captain. To

attend Polytechnic University, engineering. Lives in Flushing.

PETER KOULOUMBINIS

Archbishop Iakovos

GPA: 98. Senior class and high school president. National Honor Society.

Hellenic Times scholarship. Yearbook and newspaper editor. Student

tutor-counselor. Student service award. To attend SUNY Stony Brook, medicine

and computers. Lives in Bayside.

NICOLE KROSKI

The Renaissance School

GPA: 80. Who's Who Among American High School Students. Student council.

HIV-AIDS team. Peer tutoring. School leadership team. To attend Manhattanville

College, education and women's studies. Lives in Sunnyside.

CHING YI LAM

Beach Channel

GPA: 95. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute math and science award. Who's Who

Among American High School Students. Arista honor society. Math team. Computer

and HTML club. To attend New York University, math. Lives in Howard Beach.

RACHELLE LIMPAHAN

Forest Hills

GPA: 97.4. Senior class president. Debate team. Hospital volunteer. Medicus

Journal graphics editor. Medbio Web site editor and graphics editor. Accents

contributor and graphic artist. Arista honor society. To attend Columbia

University, biology. Lives in Forest Hills.

DIANA LOMONTE

Martin Luther

GPA: 95.6. St. John's University Women in Science awards. Student Council

class secretary. International Thespian Society. National Honor Society.

Spanish club. School newspaper writer. To attend Hunter college, psychology or

chemistry. Lives in Brooklyn.

RACHEL ALGENIO MATUNDAN

Jamaica

GPA: 94.9. National Honor Society vice president. Tennis team. Singer. To

attend Smith College, biology. Lives in Hollis.

RODOLFO MEDINA JR.

Grover Cleveland

GPA: 96.1. Arista honor society. Mock trial captain. Science olympiad

co-captain. Student Association Council representative. Honor roll. National

Hispanic Recognition Program scholar finalist. To attend Harvard University,

civil engineering, computer graphics. Lives in Ridgewood.

ELIZABETH M�NDEZ

Robert F. Kennedy

Community

GPA: 95. Class president. Volleyball and softball captain. "Junior Athlete

of the Year" and "Most Valuable Player." 109th Precinct community-service

award. Who's Who Among American High School Students. To attend Fordham Univ.,

computer science. Lives in the Bronx.

YEVGENIA MUSHEYEVA

Richmond Hill

GPA: 100.2. Arista honor society. Law club. School newspaper. Key Club.

Peace club. Math club. To attend Pace University, computer information systems.

Lives in Briarwood.

HENRY MYINT-SWE

The Windsor School

GPA: 96. High honor roll. National Honor Society. Classical and electric

guitar. Yearbook and literary magazine editor. Drama, art and tennis clubs.

Softball and soccer. To attend Tufts University, medicine. Lives in Elmhurst.

DANIEL ANTHONY PIETRAS

Archbishop Molloy

GPA: 102.7. Student Council pres. School newspaper editor. Math team.

Science Olympiad (biology gold medal). Hospital pastoral care volunteer. Bausch

and Lomb science award. To attend Harvard Univ., biochemistry. Lives in New

Hyde Park.

MARIA CONSTANZA PLUCHINOTTA

Arts and Business

GPA: 94.5. National Honor Society. Honor roll. Landmarks restoration.

English and math tutor. To attend Queens College, law. Lives in Elmhurst

CAROL MARIE QUINN

The Mary Louis Academy

GPA: 114.2. Students Against Drunk Driving president. Video yearbook exec.

producer. St. John's Univ. Women in Math and Science award. Xerox award.

All-American Scholar scholarship. National Merit semifinalist. To attend New

York University. Lives in Richmond Hill.

OMAR RAMOS

Thomas A. Edison

GPA: 98. National Honor Society. Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

Peer tutor. New York Times scholarship. State scholarship for academic

excellence. To attend Polytechnic University, computer engineering. Lives in

Brooklyn.

JACQUELYN RYAN

Stella Maris

GPA: 97.5. National Honor Society president. National Chemical Society

award. Swim team, league MVP, record holder. Liturgy club. To attend Fairfield

University, pre-med. Lives in Belle Harbor.

MARICOR H. SANTIAGO

Benjamin N. Cardozo

GPA: 98.7. Arista honor society. Arbitrations committee head. Model

Congress team captain. Biology club. Chorus. To attend Yale University,

cellular and molecular biology. Lives in Queens Village.

KIRSTEN SCHNETZER

St. Francis Prep

GPA: 101.1. National merit finalist. National Honor Society. Kodak Young

Leader's award. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute math and science award. Peer

counselor. Tutor. Blood donor. To attend the College of New Jersey, psychology.

Lives in Bayside.

JANE MARGARET STORCK

Townsend Harris

GPA: 97.1. Arista and Archon honor societies. National Latin Examination

civil medal. Who's Who Among American High School Students. Jazz band (second

trumpet). Math team. To attend Univ. of Pennsylvania, engineering. Lives in

Forest Hills.

KATARZYNA TUZNIK

St. Agnes Academic

GPA: 95.7. National Honor Society. Women in Science/Math Society. Library

Club president. Yearbook writer. District attorney's student advisory council.

To attend State University at Binghamton. Lives in Flushing.

TAMIKA CHARLENE WILLIAMS

Humanities and the Arts

GPA: 85: Who's Who Among American High School Students. All-American

Scholar. High honor roll. Yearbook editor. Arista honor society vice president.

To attend Hunter College, medicine. Lives in St. Albans.

MYRA N. WILSON

Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship Magnet

GPA: 85-90. National Honor Society. To study office administration or

computer applications. Lives in Queens Village.

STEVEN YORIO

Holy Cross

GPA: 92.25. Honor roll. U.S. President's Education Award. National Honor

Society secretary. School newspaper and literary magazine editor in chief.

Ministry assistant and eucharistic minister. To attend St. John's Univ.,

broadcast journalism, computer science. Lives in Flushing.

NAZMUS SAKIB ZAHANGIR

Long Island City

GPA: 95.86. Arista honor society. Mu Alpha Theta club. Bengali club.

Cultural activities organizer. To attend St. John's University, biology. Lives

in the Bronx.

JOAQUIN M. DELGADO

Aviation

GPA: 93.4. National Honor Society. Pegasus Society. Commander in AFJROTC,

NY-932. To attend St. Louis Univ., aerospace engineering. Lives in Jackson

Heights.

JIEWEI GAO

Newtown

GPA: 96.9. St. John's Univ. Women in Science award. Polytechnic Univ.

principal's scholar award. Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Chinese literary club pres. Math league vice pres. Computer science. Lives in

Elmhurst.

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