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issue XI AUGUST 5, 2016
This month we’re shining our alumni spotlight on Milagros Pagan (BP19, St. Joseph’s University). Milagros has been keeping herself busy in and around Philadelphia. When not slaying her classes (for which she made Dean’s List), she’s active in her new community. Recently she volunteered at the St. Francis Inn, a restaurant-style soup kitchen, earning her credits for her philosophy class on human nature. She’s also involved in the community of Kensington, a vastly underserved neighborhood in North Philly. On campus she’s active in the Black Student Union. Honoring Bronx Prep’s successful speech & debate tradition, she qualified for NFA Nationals––and took home first place in poetry! She hopes to become involved with AR, too. Here’s to Milagros on wrapping up an amazing, productive freshman year!
"I’m most grateful to the Korean Department; Ms. Lee, Mr. Hur and Ms. Rho, because of these amazing teachers I fell in love with another culture from across the world. I never thought that it would be this fun to learn a foreign language, and because of that i really want to further my education in Korean culture in college by taking more Korean classes. It would be hard to be grateful to just one of those teachers because they have all had a major impact in my life."

-- Carlos Ulerio (DP19) via micro-grant essay
AR loves when alums are involved in passionate creative projects. Temitope Kayode (BP19, SUNY Oswego) is the founder of her own online platform: Stylecentric, which aims to shine light on young entrepreneurs. She launched the platform with the help of two close friends. Stylecentric encourages entrepreneurship by promoting the work, ideas, and projects of young self-starters in hopes people will take notice of their hustle. “We believe that young people can make a difference with just the right people supporting them, and that is what we are here for,” says Temitope. And this isn’t only for her Oswego community, either! Stylentric supports any young entrepreneur,  anywhere––whether in high school or college, US or worldwide. At the end of this past school year, Temitope and her team even created a scholarship for entrepreneurs who don’t have enough resources to complete their projects!  
We’re very proud of our last event, TBH: Sexuality and Consent. What makes us more proud is alumni involvement from planning, to outreach, to execution. So who better than an alum to give you the rundown ? Here’s Chelsea Fosu’s (BP20, American University) recap: 

"I’m very glad I attended the TBH event; I honestly learned more than I thought I would. During the first portion of the event a short skit was performed by alums about consent, basically giving us all good examples of the do’s and don'ts about sexual consent. After the skit and dinner we went on to the main part of the event, workshops. Although we were discussing very touchy subjects, the coordinators did a very good job creating a safe and fun space during all segments of each workshop. My favorite workshop was led by our very own Mr. Pooler, where we were taught more about sexual assault on college campuses and the importance of awareness.  I wish more new alums would have joined us. I think this event was perfect timing for those, like myself who are going away for the first time. Thanks, AR!"
We just ran some numbers, and maaan are we blowing national stats out the water! Currently, our DPCHS numbers show 87% of DP17, 85% of DP18, and 92% of DP19 enrolled! That’s 88% of all DPCHS alumni still in college and changing the world. Even more impressive: 70% of DP17 are on track to graduate in 4 years and 83% on track to graduate in 6.
My words for the upcoming Freshmen going off to college: “Master the Art of Simplicity. How? By paying attention to details, and becoming the master of the little things. Write down what it is you want to accomplish while in college. Look at it when you wake up, and look at it before you go to bed. Your success will be a by-product of all the little things that you've done, and all the little decisions  that you've made throughout the course of a day. These small things will aid you in accomplishing what it is you want to accomplish." Thanks for listening, and Good Luck in all you plan to do! NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN…

–– Mr. Andre Cook (BP Dream Coach)
meet the team
Stephanie Fiorelli Ralph Johnson
Stephanie Fiorelli Ralph Johnson
Cinthia Pimentel Ahmad Al-ashqar
Cinthia Pimentel Ahmad Al-ashqar
We’d like to send a major BIG UP to Mr. Dennis Pooler (College Counselor, BP) and Ms. Alisa Jimenez (Recruitment) for their dedication, energy, and time in helping us plan and execute our recent event, TBH: Sexuality and Consent. We couldn’t have done without y’all! 
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