Scholarships enable students to attend STEM program

Scholarship winners announced

Over the past few years, Computer Science and STEM programs have taken the Port Chester Schools by storm. The ever-expanding program recently morphed again to bring robotics to every 4th grader and will be expanding again soon to incorporate 3D design and printing for every 8th grader.

When Mercy College graciously offered the district 10 scholarships for the Saturday STEM Academy program, Joe Durney, Deputy Superintendent, and Mike Ritacco, 6-12 Math/Science Supervisor knew this was an opportunity the district could not pass up. Ten lucky elementary school students across the four elementary buildings would be able to attend four Saturday sessions for a science or computer science program of their choosing.

Bryant Romano, Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Jessica Kingsbury, Grades 3-5 Math/Technology Enrichment Teacher, and Lindsay Chudoba, Kindergarten and First-Grade Science Teacher, organized the effort across the schools, ultimately deciding that a lottery system of students in grades one through five would be the best way to select participants.

Interested students eagerly-awaited to find out if they would be one of the lucky winners. A third-grade student commented “we actually have a really good chance at winning since it's only Port Chester students” while a 5th grader stated, “I never win anything, but maybe this is my lucky chance!”

 We want to congratulate the following students on their acceptance to the Saturday STEM Academy at Mercy:

Allison Pucha (King Street School, 1st Grade)

Andrea Camila Granados Amezquita (JFK Magnet School, 2nd Grade)

Camila Vazquez (Thomas A. Edison School, 5th Grade)

Erick Leon (Thomas A. Edison School, 3rd Grade)

Gabriel Farias (King Street School, 5th Grade)

Gianna Oliveros (JFK Magnet School, 2nd Grade)

Jazlyn Flores (Park Avenue School, 5th Grade)

Juan Chavez (JFK Magnet School, 3rd Grade)

Oscar Martinez Hernandez (JFK Magnet School, 4th Grade)

Patrick Condori (Park Avenue School, 3rd Grade)

We look forward to hearing about their experiences in the program, and we are grateful to Mercy College for providing this opportunity for our students.