On Monday June 25th, Lavelle Prep was proud to hold a joint graduation ceremony along with New Ventures at the Hilton Garden Inn.
A total of 73 students received their diplomas, 28 of them Lavelle Wolves, while Robert Benston of the Allen C. Bentson Agency delivered the commencement address, and valedictorian Vivian Martinez shared a heartfelt speech.
In front of a crowd of hundreds, Martinez reflected on her time here at ICS, having started with us in grade 6. She said, “Coming from a small school, we didn’t exactly have everything handed to us. We couldn’t have a big football field or a huge gym, but we made the best out of what we had and yet we’re all the better for it. We come from a society that likes to write off students who are minorities and come from low-income families, but we are more than a statistic. Each and every one of us graduating should be proud of all the hard times that we endured to be sitting here today.”
Of the special day, Principal Chris Zilinski said, “Graduation day is the last day of a 7 year journey that our students have traveled with us. We are so proud of their accomplishments and are excited to see what the future holds for them. It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to a group of students that have been with us for so long, but as they are part of the Lavelle Prep family, we know that we will hear from them and see them again.”
We would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to the Lavelle Preparatory Charter School Class of 2018:
Ebenezer Aidoo, Jordan Alexander-Wilson, Jason Bell, Alexandria Burgos, Victoria Cruz-Greene, Jazmarie Dowd, Kaitleen Estimada, Shamar Felton, Karina Hernandez, Jerramiah Jean-Baptiste, Trianna Latif, Trinity Latif, Joseph Martinez, Wendy Martinez-Flores, Vivian Martinez, Kyrah Mcfarlane, Keith Moitey-Doku, Brandon Morales, Malick Ndir, Eniola Ososami, Steven Rios, Daniel Saldeen, Eric Salguera, Lamine Sangare, Dominique Santora, Mohammad A Shafi, Aeva Soler, Alexandra Virgintino
We know you will go on to accomplish great things.
For more graduation the Staten Island Advance article can be found here.