Head of the Class

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Valedictorian Ashanti Palmer, who recently graduated from Nellie A. Thornton HS in Mount Vernon, has managed to do the almost unthinkable. Not only did this Westchester teen graduate at the top of her class, but she’s also kept perfect school attendance — since pre-K! “There were days when I didn’t feel like going to school, but I know if you missed a day, then you were behind, so I pushed through,” said Palmer. Palmer, who completed school with a GPA of 99.08, was accepted to 18 colleges, and awarded more than $430,000 in scholarships. Thanks to her nearly flawless academic record, Palmer was inducted into the National Honor Society. Her parents must be so proud. The stellar student, who's favorite subject is math, plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY this fall. What a great story. Ashanti deserves all of the accolades coming her way as she gets ready for her college journey. She is a true inspiration for the community of Mount Vernon and will be a role model for years to come. Great Job Ashanti and Good Luck at RPI!

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Book Worms Rejoice!

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Book worms rejoice!

New York City libraries are beginning to turn the page on the pandemic, getting back to business with limited service in a select number of branches after months of a lockdown due to the corona virus. While the cities libraries have been open for virtual business with e-book loans and online tours, the city’s library branches will begin to reopen 22 facilities for "grab-and-go" service beginning July 13. “We know how important it is to reopen our physical locations,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx. “We know that our communities need us more than ever as they cope with multiple crises impacting public health, the economy, and social justice. People are hurting. People need help. People need us.” For those of us who are parents this is also a time to rejoice. This gives children another option for summer time fun with many camps, amusement parks, and beaches closed due to the virus. Libraries will also offer all types of classes, read-a-longs, and educational programs geared for children giving them a chance to enhance their learning throughout the summer. It's good to see another sign that we are finally entering stages of normalcy as we move out of the corona virus lockdowns.

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History Lesson

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Broadway fans who couldn't get tickets for worldwide smash hit "Hamilton" will soon be able to watch one of its many sold-out performances from the comfort of their homes. A filmed version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set to premiere on streaming service Disney+ on July 3. "Hamilton," debuted on Brodaway in 2015, and tells the story of US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The show discusses themes including immigration, the War for Independence, and America's financial system. It won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has earned 11 Tony awards, including Best Musical making it one of the most awarded musicals in history. Having never seen the musical on Broadway, I'm excited to see the film version. Hopefully the production translates from the stage to the screen, but I'm not worried. I know the experience will not be the same as being there live, but should be a great chance to finally catch the show in our own homes.

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