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Three students share valedictory honors at Bay Ridge Prep

June 11, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
They made it through high school! The graduates toss their caps in the air at the end of the ceremony. Photo courtesy Bay Ridge Prep

Bay Ridge Prep had not one, but three students who were named valedictorian for the Class of 2015.

The honor of being the valedictorian was shared by Solomiya Bavlovych, Monica Fainshtein and Hussna Javed.

Bay Ridge Prep, an independent, private school, held its 17th Annual Commencement Exercises on May 29 at the Brooklyn Museum’s Cantor Auditorium.

Keeping with a tradition Bay Ridge Prep has established, the graduation ceremony featured student speakers and performers who spoke about how valuable the Bay Ridge Prep experience has been to the graduates.

Receiving the honors of Class Salutatorian were Vincent Defonte, Nadia Hobbs, Rose-Emma Lambridis, Eleni Spyrou and Jamie Vento.  

In his message to the Class of 2015, Dr. Michael Dealy, the co-head of school, focused on the parents and teacherS.

“Look into the audience at your teachers and let us all give them thanks for the tireless and selfless commitment they give to you and to our school every day,” Dealy said. “Now, find your parents, your family; your loved ones. They have been by your side; they have worked hard and made sacrifices to give you the gift of a Bay Ridge Prep education. Thank them today and then thank them again in four years when you stand proudly at your college commencement.”

The Class of 2015, comprised of 56 students, collectively earned over $6 million in merit scholarships to institution like New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art & Design and the University of Scranton.

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Dr. Charles Fasano, the co-head of school, told the graduates that perseverance leads to success.

“Many times, you look at very successful people and think they’re so lucky to be where they are in life. What we often don’t realize is that luck usually has nothing to do with it,” Fasano said. “Those people got past so many obstacles and overcame many failures before being very successful. When we started the school, there were a lot of hurdles we had to overcome and there were times we were unsure if it was going to work out. Yet, we’re here today, 17 years later, celebrating another graduating class that has achieved so much at Bay Ridge Prep and will accomplish even more great things in college and in life.”

Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school with two campuses in Bay Ridge; the Lower School at 8101 Ridge Boulevard and the Upper School at 7420 Fourth Ave.


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