Kasey Jackson, valedictorian
Beyond the classroom: 1st degree black belt; science Olympiad; girls varsity basketball; bowling; national honor society; science national honor society. Outside of school I bowled in a league and competed in various tournaments. I also practiced martial arts receiving the rank of first degree black belt. Overall, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing games, solving puzzles, traveling, and participating in other random activities.
What’s next: I plan to attend Syracuse University studying computer engineering.
How has education influenced your life? Jordan-Elbridge has provided me the fundamental resources to excel. In other words, I would not be in the position I am without the help of the wondrous, wise, and compassionate teachers I have been able to study under. Furthermore, the friends I have made and community I have been surrounded are close knit, but nonetheless amazing people!
Francesca Brown, salutatorian
Beyond the classroom:
Massimo Rubini is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Schoolwide, Inc., a leading education management company based in Huntington Station, New York, with a mission to effect positive and lasting change in literacy teaching and learning, and improve students’ reading, writing, and learning by increasing the tools teachers can use to teach effectively.
Massimo Rubini attended Mercy College, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Finance and received a Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
After seven years of teaching, including five years as an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, Massimo Rubini joined Pearson, a global learning company focusing on Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Higher Education, Workforce Skills, and Assessment & Qualifications.
At Pearson, Rubini rose to become Acquisitions Editor where he was responsible for conceiving, commissioning and contracting new titles, as well as revising existing titles based on market analysis and
This riveting novel follows Vern, a 15-year-old queer, Black albino girl who’s escaped into the woods from an abusive husband and the leader of a Black pride cult called Cainland. Pregnant with twins, Vern gives birth and raises her sons in the forest by herself until they’re 4 years old. Members of Cainland received experimental drugs in their food or water, which caused nightly hallucinations. Away from Cainland, Vern’s hallucinations turn into vivid hauntings, and slowly her body begins to transform into something else, something not quite human. This novel vividly portrays how Black bodies have been used for unethical experiments while celebrating queer love, motherhood, and vengeance. It’s gorgeously written and sure to be one of my favorite books of the year.
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