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Two Queens seniors ‘lovin’ it’ as they win Ronald McDonald House scholarships


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy Nancy Lin and Taylor Moss

PAULINA TAM

Two Queens natives are all smiles.

Flushing native and Stuyvesant High School senior Nancy Lin and Howard Beach resident and Archbishop Molloy High School senior Taylor Moss were two of five students to each receive a $16,000 college scholarship ($4,000 per year) from the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program.

Both Moss and Lin said they were excited and honored that they received the award for their upcoming freshman year of college.

Moss will be attending the College of the Holy Cross and Lin will be at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

In addition to winning to the prestigious scholarship by besting thousands of applicants, the students faced challenges during busy senior years.

“As an athlete I had to go through the recruiting process for the college application,” said Moss, who played for Archbishop Molloy’s softball team. “Applying for different scholarships was also challenging.”

Moss was also a peer tutor, helped out in her school’s blood drive and fundraiser for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Program, and was a member of the environmental club.

Lin was part of the Arista Honor Society, attended many outreach programs, tutored children in her community for free, was a member of Stuyvesant’s Red Cross Club and got medals in national exams for Latin and Spanish.

Lin also had to allocate a lot of time to taking care of her little brother, who is autistic, and her mother, who is undergoing chemotherapy.

 

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Sports Star: Nyasha Irizarry, senior guard, Archbishop Molloy HS girls basketball team


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Name: NYASHA Irizarry
School: Archbishop Molloy
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Nyasha Irizarry is a senior basketball player on the Archbishop Molloy High School girls basketball team. Irizarry averaged about 18 points per game for her final season and was selected to play in the NYC Mayor’s Cup All-Star game on March 29. She scored nine points in the All-Star game and helped the CHSAA league defeat rival PSAL to win the title “best in the city.”

Irizarry is also an excellent student as she maintains a 91 percent academic average. She earned a four-year scholarship to play Division 1 basketball at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Although Irizarry would like to play basketball beyond college, if turning professional doesn’t work out, she would like to become a veterinarian because of her love for animals. She plans on majoring in biology during a pre-veterinarian program.

During her spare time when she isn’t studying or at basketball practice, Irizarry draws. Although she doesn’t have a theme or specified art style, she draws whatever comes to mind and even takes requests from friends.

How did you start playing basketball?
“I started when I was 8, because of my dad. I played with my boy cousins.”

What do you like to draw?
“I draw whatever I’m in the mood to draw. Or I draw for my friends.”

Why do you want to be a vet?
“I always loved animals and I have them around the house. I have three dogs. I grew to love animals and I think it will be really cool to help them out. They are like family, so somebody there to take care of them for you is really cool.”

How excited are you to play Division I college basketball?
“I’m extremely excited and I can’t wait. When I was younger I didn’t think I would stick for something this long. I just happy it worked out this way and I’m really appreciative of it.”

 

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Sports Star: Alexandra Rubiano, captain, Archbishop Molloy HS girls swim team


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Name: Alexandra Rubiano
School: Archbishop Molloy High School
Sport: Swimming
Grade: Senior
Position: Captain

Archbishop Molloy girls varsity swimming co-captain Alexandra Rubiano is an outstanding student and athlete. Rubiano has been a major reason her team was able to win consecutive GCHSAA Division A swimming championships, during back-to-back undefeated seasons. Rubiano was awarded the league’s Outstanding Career Swimmer award as top senior swimmer. Rubiano holds the school’s record for the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard butterfly. Besides her high school team, Rubiano is also part of the LaGuardia Twisters, an independent swimming organization. Out of the pool, Rubiano maintains a 90 average at Molloy and is part of the school’s Asian Club and environmental advocacy group, I A.M. Green. In I A.M. Green, she helps the school recycle and participates in an annual clean up at Rockaway Beach. Rubiano has also been in the school band for three years, playing the flute. She dreams of majoring in physical therapy at Hunter College, where she hopes to join the swim team.

When did you start swimming?
“I learned how to swim [when] I was two and have been on the team (LaGuardia Twisters) since six. I didn’t start competing until I was eight.”

What has motivated you?
“I have to say pressure is a major factor. You always have to push yourself to be better.”

What have you learned by being a leader?
“I’ve gained a lot of experience in being a leader that I didn’t have before. I have learned to communicate better with others and be more open. I hope to bring that to college.”

How does it feel to graduate, having won two championships?
“It’s pretty amazing. I remember I finished my last event and I came out of the water and I said to another of the co-captains that this was our last high school race. It just felt great over all.”

 

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Molloy girls swim team hooks second consecutive championship


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Photo courtesy Archbishop Molloy

The Archbishop Molloy High School girls swim team is still the princesses of the pool.

The team made a big splash on Sunday, winning its second consecutive crown in the GCHSAA Division A championship at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.

The win also completes the second consecutive undefeated season for the team as well.

“We had a very strong team,” said Swimming Director Donald Green. “Everybody on the team did their personal best.”

During the championship, Molloy competed so well that the swim squad set new school records. The team won all three relays events, and set records in the 200 yards medley and 400 free style relays.

Molloy senior co-captain Alexandra Rubiano won the 100 yards butterfly with a time of 59.4 seconds, which became the new school record in that category. Rubiano also received the Joe and Anna Stetz Outstanding Career Swimmer award, which is given to the league’s top senior swimmer.

Green attributes the girls’ winning ways to their work ethic. He said in September they come eager to practice and set goals for themselves for the year. The team even trains during winter break.

“It’s actually the girls’ mind set,” Green said. “Basically, we are just there to help and guide them. They know what they want, and they go and achieve it.”

After having won the championship again, the girls are aiming to make it a three-peat.

“They are already talking about next year,” Green said. “They already set their minds that they want to do this again next year.”

 

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More security cameras coming to Queens


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Police will install new sets of eyes in parts of Briarwood, Jamaica and Pomonok, according to a Queens lawmaker.

Seventeen NYPD security cameras are coming to the area’s high-traffic locations thanks to $600,000 in funding secured by Councilmember James Gennaro.

They can be found around Rufus King Park in Jamaica, near Archbishop Molloy High School and along Hillside Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, officials said.

“I am proud to have been a strong supporter of the use of these cameras,” Gennaro said.

Installation is slated to be completed by the city’s police department within two years.

The legislator said the cameras “are an essential part of the NYPD’s crime-fighting and counterterrorism efforts.”

Another 57 security cameras are coming to Queens, Borough President Helen Marshall announced last month.

 

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Players, colleagues react to Molloy Coach Curran’s death


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Those who knew, or played for, long-time Archbishop Molloy High School Coach Jack Curran said he had a lasting touch on the entire school community.

“I’ve talked to alumni who told me, ‘I didn’t play for him, but I always felt like he was my coach,’” said Molloy Athletic Director Mike McCleary, who worked with the storied coach for the last 15 years. “He had a major effect on the entire school, and made it into an extraordinary school.”

Curran died Thursday, March 14 peacefully in his sleep, according to a release from the school. He was 82.

Between coaching Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball, Curran touted a combined record of 2,680-960, according to the school. The Catholic High School Athletic Association honored him as Coach of the Year 25 times for baseball and 22 times for basketball. Curran would steer Molloy to 17 baseball CHSAA City Championships and 5 Basketball CHSAA City Championships during his half-century career.

“I think he was the best coach there ever was,” McCleary said of Curran’s life’s work. “But he was an even better person.”

Curran came to Molloy in 1958 after the head basketball coaching position opened up when Lou Carnesecca moved to St. John’s for his own lengthy career. Carnesecca, in a statement from St. John’s, said Curran had an unmatchable record, and way of mentoring young players.

“The individuals that he produced at Molloy form an outstanding group, and he went out of his way to help so many over the years that were not from Molloy,” Carnesecca said. “Jack Curran was a giant of scholastic athletics, and that is an understatement.”

During his 55-year career, Curran helped foster a number of professional baseball and basketball players into illustrious college and major league careers, including current Mets outfielder Mike Baxter, 1972 Team USA Olympic Basketball captain Kevin Joyce and current University of Louisville guard Russ Smith.

Before a pre-season game in Florida on March 14, Baxter was reported to have wiped tears from his eyes when addressing reporters on the loss of his high school coach. That night, an equally mournful Smith put up 28 points as the Cardinals moved a game ahead in the Big East Tournament.

“It was really hard for me to take it all in because a guy like Coach, obviously, he’s old age, but you just wouldn’t think twice of him ever passing,” Smith said after the game. “It was really, really hard for me to like just focus ahead and to just put it all together. I really have no words, but I miss him a lot. I’m going to miss him.”

McCleary said his friend had the ability to work with young players and making them better.

“Where he’s always excelled is being able to relate to the student-athletes to get them to do what needs to be done,” he said.

 

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Archbishop Molloy High School Coach Jack Curran dies


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Jack Curran, a long-time coach at Archbishop Molloy High School, who had more combined wins than any high school in the country, has passed away. He was 82.

Molloy Athletic Director Mike McCleary confirmed to the Daily News that Curran had passed away. McCleary, The News reported, filled in for Curran in the last three weeks of the basketball season after he broke his knee cap from a fall last month.

Curran was also undergoing dialysis and recovering from cancer, according to The News.

“Coach taught us all how we should act on and off the court or field,” McCleary said in a statement on the school’s website. “Not being around such a great man is going to be difficult for all of us. Coach will be sorely missed.”

Between coaching Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball, Curran touted a combined record of 2,680-960, according to the school.

His career at Molloy started in 1958, when then-head basketball coach Lou Carnesecca left Molloy to coach at St. John’s.

“He’s won everything except World War III,” Carnesecca told The New York Times in 2008. “No one in the country has Jack’s record in both sports, no one. And along the way, he has become more than just a great coach, he has become one of the greatest treasures of New York City.”

Curran studied at St. John’s University where he was a pitcher, and captained the then-Red Men during his senior year. A Bronx native, he graduated from All Hallows High School in 1948.

 

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Wife, potential victims take stand in ‘cannibal cop’ trial


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The trial of “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle began at Thurgood Marshall Court House in Lower Manhattan with testimony from his estranged wife, potential victims and an FBI agent, according to published reports.

On day one of the trial of the six-year NYPD veteran who allegedly planned to kidnap, kill and eat 100 women, defense attorney Julia Gatto reportedly told the jury “the only thing Gil Valle is guilty of is having some bizarre thoughts and sharing them online with others.”

Later that day, the six-year NYPD veteran’s wife, Kathleen Mangan, took the stand and broke down crying as prosecutors brought up photographs of her husband with their daughter and went through his plot to cook and eat more than 100 women, including her. According to published reports, Mangan recounted her discovery of the online chats her husband had been having at odd hours.

“I was supposed to be tied at my feet, my throat slit, and they were going to watch the blood rush from my body,” Mangan told a Manhattan jury Monday morning, February 25.

Three possible “targets” of Valle’s plot testified Tuesday on their interaction with the cop, including a past high school acquaintance. According to the Daily News, an FBI agent also took the stand, presenting the jury with excerpts of Valle’s deranged web chats in which he describes his plans on kidnapping and cooking the women present in court with his accomplice in the alleged plot.

Among the targets who took the stand was the 18-year-old softball star from Archbishop Molloy High School who, according to reports, Valle referred to as “the most desirable piece of meat I have ever met.”

Along with being charged with planning to kidnap, torture, rape and eat women, Valle is also being charged for improperly using a federal law enforcement database, published reports said.

The trial is expected to last two weeks with more evidence to be brought forth and other “targeted” women taking the stand.

 

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Cannibal cop eyed Queens high schooler


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One object of the “cannibal” cop’s obsession was an 18-year-old softball star from Archbishop Molloy High School.

Gilberto Valle, the six-year NYPD veteran who planned to kidnap, kill and consume 100 women, eyed a girl from his own alma mater to join his roster of victims.

According to reports, in emails exchanged between Valle and another cannibalistic co-conspirator, the potential prey was referred to as “the most desirable piece of meat I have ever met,” adding that “she is a must-have.”

In a later online conversation, Valle mentioned the athlete again, noting “my oven is pretty big, and I can take the racks out.”

“I know she is a wreck right now,” said a close friend of the target, who wished to remain anonymous.

The friend alleged that Valle attended softball games.

“She’s nervous and scared because she might have to testify at trial to prove that she had no contact with [Valle],” said the friend.

Valle’s trial is set to begin on February 25.

Additional reporting by Anthony O’Reilly

 

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Star of Queens: Michael Germano, director of campus ministry, Archbishop Molloy High School


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Michael Germano, director of Campus Ministry at Archbishop Molloy High School, brings students from the school to visit the Briarwood Shelter from Monday to Thursday to help disadvantaged children who reside there. The main way in which they help, Germano said, is by tutoring.

“I make sure they’re coming and doing the work,” he said. “ It’s about 25 kids a day so that’s 100 kids a week.”

In addition to the tutoring, Germano said other assistance is given to the shelter in the form of toy and clothes drives.

The high school has had a relationship with the shelter since 1995, according to Germano, who took over the campus ministry program in 2001. As director of campus ministry, Germano also organizes spiritual retreats for the school.

BACKGROUND: Germano was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is a Molloy alumnus, graduating in the class of 1993. When he’s not volunteering, Germano said he likes to spend time with his family and watching football.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Germano said his favorite memory of working with the shelter came around one Christmas, when one of the kids volunteering at the shelter dressed up as Santa to give out the toys that had been donated. “That was beyond awesome,” he said.

INSPIRATION: Germano credits his desire to volunteer for the community to his strong Catholic faith. “I’m just here to do God’s work,” he said.

 

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Star of Queens: Anna Marie Neubauer


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Photo Courtesy of Anna Marie Neubauer

Anna Marie Neubauer
Volunteer

Dancing Dreams

Community Involvement:

Seventeen-year-old Anna Marie Neubauer has been a volunteer at Dancing Dreams, an organization that helps little girls with developmental disabilities learn to dance, for six years.

“It’s just something I love to do,” said Neubauer, who acts as a “helper” for an 11-year-old Dancing Dreams participant named Monica. Every week, Neubauer attends dance sessions with Monica where she assists her with twirls, bends and lifts. Dancing Dreams was started by Joann Ferrara, a physical therapist who created the program after a young patient expressed desire to become a dancer.

Personal:

Neubauer is a senior at Archbishop Molloy High School. She lives in Whitestone with her parents and older brother, a student at Loyola University in Maryland. When she is not at school, Neubauer enjoys spending time with her friends and going skiing. Neubauer did not have any dancing experience prior to Dancing Dreams.

Challenge:

Neubauer feels that volunteering has no challenges, just rewards. “I enjoy [participating in Dancing Dreams]” said Neubauer. “It’s helped me grow a lot, and it fulfills me to see how just a little bit of help can help these girls.”

Favorite Memory:

The recitals are Neubauer’s favorite part of Dancing Dreams. “I love seeing the looks on the girls’ faces when their dreams are coming true,” said Naubauer, who also said that her dancer, Monica, has made volunteering for Dancing Dreams a wonderful experience.

Inspiration:

Neubauer first discovered Dancing Dreams when she was a patient of Ferrara’s, and has been volunteering ever since. Her main inspiration, however, comes from the girls themselves. “[The girls] are my inspiration,” said Neubauer. “To see their hard work – they look so beautiful doing it.”

Archbishop Molloy gets 21st Century library


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Photos by Joseph Sommo

Books and bookworms alike at Archbishop Molloy High School now have a new place to call home.

Students and faculty at the Briarwood school welcomed a brand new, state-of-the-art library in September at the start of the school year.

“It’s fantastic. It is light-years ahead of what it used to be,” said alumnus Joseph Sommo, who is also the school’s alumni communications coordinator.

In order to accommodate the increased technological demands and advances, the former library — which was first erected over 50 years ago when the school was constructed in 1957 — was stripped down and rebuilt inside and out.

“Education is constantly changing and evolving. We need to keep up with the pace,” Sommo said. “This is something that had to be done, and everybody is thankful for it. It needed to be rebuilt. It wasn’t up to the times. The infrastructure was old, and it hasn’t been updated since the school was built. It needed the technological upgrades.”

The school’s newly-modernized William J. Murphy Library features an expansive research lab that boasts 40 laptop computers dedicated to online research, which is supported by more than one linear mile of cable implanted during construction. New additions also include a unique college preparatory center and a multimedia conference room that serves both faculty and students.

In addition, energy-efficient lighting, climate control, carpeting with new wood-crafted furniture and a library database — which serves as a more efficient, green solution in maintaining records — were also installed during the transformation.

“It’s been 50 years since we did major renovations in the library,” said Richard Karsten, the school’s president. The new library is a state-of-the-art solution for the next 25 years. It’s a clean, safe and well-lit environment for students to work in.”

The “ambitious” project was completed over the course of “one short summer,” Karsten said, adding that the “effective execution” came after one year of planning. The renovation broke ground in late May this year after classes ended and was completed before the first bell of the semester rang.

“It was old fashioned to say the least,” Sommo said. “It’s a lot more welcoming and inviting than before. There are a lot more students in there now, trust me. A lot of them used to go down to the lounge. The library is a place that everyone gravitates toward now. It’s cozy and it’s a good place to get your work done. It’s definitely received an update that is worthy of the school, its students and faculty.”