Mayor honors 3 NYC public high school grads for outstanding achievements

(PIX11) — New York City public high school grads Johanna Tamayo, Yamel Garcia, and Steven Sedin were honored Thursday night at the Mayor’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian BBQ at Gracie Mansion.

The mayor’s event celebrates the academic achievements of the 2012-13 New York City Public School valedictorians and salutatorians and recognizes the families and high school principals who supported these accomplished students.

Johanna Tamayo a student parent enrolled in the LYFE program, is the salutatorian of her graduating class at Aspirations High School in Brooklyn. She entered high school in 2009 and graduated in March 2013 through her exceptional commitment and dedication. During her high school career Johanna also volunteered with the Child Center of New York, a community-based organization for at-risk youth. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Johanna became displaced from her home but relentlessly commuted with her child for sometimes up to three hours from Staten Island to her school in Brooklyn. Johanna has an A average and will be attending York College in the Fall of 2013.

Yamel Garcia is the valedictorian of the Class of 2013 at Cinema Schools in the Bronx. Yamel is an extraordinarily gifted filmmaker. She won the school’s inaugural film department award for achievement in film-making. During high school, she won a trip through a partner organization to participate in film-making camp in Ireland for a summer. She always worked hard to get more students and the surrounding community aware of this new school. Yamel is receiving an Advanced Regents Diploma. In the fall she will attend Emerson College, where she plans to study film-making.

Steven Medina is the salutatorian at Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem. Steven has received the Posse Scholarship for Middlebury College and plans to major in Physics there in the fall. His second biggest interest is theater, which he plans to keep as a hobby.

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