Townsend Harris High School receives national honor


By Queens Courier Staff

Flushing’s Townsend Harris High School has been nationally recognized for its innovative and effective science program, which offers advanced high school classes in atypical fields. Intel Corporation, the technology developer, chose Townsend Harris from a pool of 30 high school candidates for the honor, the 2008 Intel Schools of Distinction Award in Science Excellence. Only […]

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City renews express bus service plans between Jamaica and Flushing after nod from mayor


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Despite calls from community members and politicians in neighborhoods like Kew Gardens Hills, the transformation of the Q44 and Q25 into a Select Bus Service (SBS) line is set to begin as early as this fall, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, but no official schedule has been announced.

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Kew Gardens Hills residents enraged over city proposal to create new express bus service


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Addressing a crowd of angry Kew Gardens Hills residents, Councilman Rory Lancman urged the group to “express yourselves in a respectful manner” on Wednesday night as MTA and city officials met with residents who would be affected by a proposed express bus service line.

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Queens pols and residents tell city to scrap plans for new express bus service


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Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

As the city revs up plans to create an express bus service line between Jamaica and Flushing, residents and local politicians are building up speed bumps and roadblocks against the city’s initiative.

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Queens teen comes in second on ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship


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Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Queens whiz kid Laurie Beckoff came in a little short Tuesday in her match-up on Jeopardy’s College Championship. The 19-year-old from Hollis Hills was the runner-up, amongst two other young geniuses, with a grand total of $13,400.

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Queens teen to compete Tuesday in ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship


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Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

A teen whiz from Queens will put her brains and button-smashing reflexes to the test Tuesday, when she competes in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship. Laurie Beckoff, 19, will vie against 15 other young geniuses nationwide Feb.11 for $100,000 and an automatic berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

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Sports Star: Sierra Berkel, captain, Townsend Harris HS girls basketball team


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Sierra Berkel is the captain of the Townsend Harris girls basketball team, and leading her squad to a third consecutive undefeated regular season.

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Townsend Harris HS girls basketball team celebrates winning with a win


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

After celebrating another victory, the Townsend Harris girls basketball team revealed a banner to commemorate their back to back undefeated seasons in 2012 and 2013.

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Queens educators win for excellence in teaching science, math


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Photos courtesy of Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics

Seven of the city’s top science and math teachers, including three from Queens, know the formula for success in the classroom. They accepted Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics this week for using creative methods to inspire students to make the grade and pursue careers in their field. For Thomas Sangiorgi, a […]

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Audit finds city high school placement flawed


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THE COURIER/Photo by Rosa Kim

The city’s high school placement system denied a handful of youngsters a chance at being admitted to a competitive Queens school, a comptroller’s audit found. Four middle school students were not ranked last year for possible enrollment at Townsend Harris High School’s Intensive Academic Humanities even though they were eligible, according to City Comptroller John […]

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A born leader


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As a civic leader who also fences, 17-year-old Townsend Harris High School senior Jason Mills is a modern-day Julius Caesar of sorts – only with more mock trials and less arrogance and conspiracy. The Cambria Heights resident currently leads his school in the hallways as student body president and on the fencing strip as captain […]

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Top honors for Queens high schools


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One Long Island City high school was recently named New York’s “valedictorian.” The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), located at 34-12 36th Avenue in L.I.C., is the top high school in the state based on rankings released by the U.S. News and World Report. BSGE was also ranked as the 21st best high school […]

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No Student Athlete Left Behind


By Queens Courier Staff

What do football players in city high schools have in common with the elite professionals of the New York Football Giants? The public school athletes now have access to the same medical care, regardless of ability to pay, provided by the highly-regarded Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, team doctors for the Giants and other […]

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