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Jayden Collins, a ninth grader who will attend Phillips Academy in Andover, MA in the fall.

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A lifesaver

The following news was shared with the Bronx Times about a lifeguard:

Andrew Whelan a senior at Fordham Prep High School was working as a lifeguard on City Island on Sunday, July 23.

Andrew was called to action when a little girl fell off a kayak and began to splash in the water.

The girl was not wearing a life jacket nor did she know how to swim.

Samantha Mazariego, a rising fifth grader at Immaculate Conception School.

Andrew grabbed his buoy, swam to her, and brought her to shore. 911 was called and she was taken to the hospital.

The girl is doing well and her parents are thankful for Andrew’s swift action.

Removing barriers

Two students from the Bronx are participating in Oliver Scholars, a nonprofit preparing high-achieving Black and Latino students for success.

Jayden Collins and Samantha Mazariego are taking part in the program.

By removing economic and social barriers to achievement, Oliver Scholars helps gifted, underserved students achieve their potential as next generation change-makers, thought-leaders and trailblazers.

Cristina Ferrera

Scholarship awarded

Cristina Farrera a borough resident and student at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, has been awarded scholarships by the Latino Social Work Coalition for their commitment to the NYC Latino community. Farrera’s family hails from Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The studnets who receive the award have overcome barriers such as poverty.

Growing up as a Latina in a monolingual, Spanish-speaking home in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the Bronx and raised with my siblings by a single mother who was facing constant financial difficulties has made me understand the importance of social work.

USTA Foundation gives scholarship

Tajmarie Preddie of the Bronx, a graduate of the Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship and a future student at University of Montana, was a awarded a $10,000 college scholarship from the United States Tennis Association Foundation.

According to the charity: The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, to their local community and to their participation in tennis.

Tajmarie Preddie

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