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
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
GPA: 96.7. Student government. Math team. Peer mediation. BASE grant. To
attend Washington and Lee University, pre-med (biological sciences). Lives in
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.
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
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.
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
GPA: 93.9. SPARK peer counseling program. Volleyball. Environmental club.
Math team. To attend SUNY Binghamton, science. Lives in Forest Hills.
JEAN PAULE CHRISTIE
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
GPA: 94.9. National Honor Society vice president. Tennis team. Singer. To
attend Smith College, biology. Lives in Hollis.
RODOLFO MEDINA JR.
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.
Robert F. Kennedy
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
GPA: 93.4. National Honor Society. Pegasus Society. Commander in AFJROTC,
NY-932. To attend St. Louis Univ., aerospace engineering. Lives in Jackson
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