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Senior Andre Walker leads Christ the King to back-to-back state titles


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Christ the King point guard Andre Walker, like most high school seniors, didn’t want to lose his final game before graduation.

Walker told his teammates he wanted to go out as a champion in the locker room before the state Federation Class AA championship game against Long Island Lutheran Saturday in Albany, but he saw that dream falling apart as the Royals were trailing the Crusaders by as much as 14 points in the first half.

Then Walker stepped up.

The senior, who has taken a backseat in the scoring category all season, was almost perfect. He notched a game-high 25 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point arc, to defeat Lutheran 58-52 and give Christ the King back-to-back state titles. Walker was named the tournament MVP.

“Somebody needed to step up and he wanted to do it,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “This was going to be his last game before he left high school, and he really didn’t want to go out with a loss.”

In last year’s state title game, guard Rawle Alkins and former Royal Jon Severe, torched Lutheran. So this year the Crusaders prepared for the Royals’ star players. Alkins had just nine points and Atson had only eight.

But this opened up space for other players on the team to shine, and the seniors, Walker, Adonis Delarosa and Bryler Paige, had the necessary motivation. Paige finished with 10 points and Delarosa added six points and 13 rebounds.

Walker attacked aggressively in the third quarter, where he made 13 of his 25 points, proving that he could score if he needed.
“[Fans] only recognize points, but they don’t see what we do,” Walker said. “We can score too, but it’s not our roles on the team.”

Still undecided on where he will continue to play basketball and his education next year, Walker is just happy that he’ll leave Christ the King with winning dynasty intact.

“It feels good,” Walker said. “Only a select few can say they won two state championships, back-to-back.”

 

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Christ the King HS agrees to faculty salary increase


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Christ the King High School has been doing well financially in recent years and now teachers will see some of that success in their paychecks.

The school announced a pay raise for faculty members with a new two-year contract. School administrators and the Lay Faculty Association, which represents the faculty, came to the agreement, and made the announcement Monday.

“As a result of good faith negotiations, we have come to an agreement where faculty members will have an increase in salary, all the while maintaining a level tuition for students for the next three years,” said Serphin Maltese, the school’s board of trustees chair.

In November, The Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit against Christ the King to regain control of the school, because the institution has used its buildings for more than just a Catholic high school. The Diocese said that this violates a long-standing contract, but Christ the King said that agreement is void.

The board of Christ the King started to generate cash by opening up continuing education classes such as dance and Spanish, a day care and a preschool. Additionally, last year they started renting space to a public charter school last year, Middle Village Preparatory.

In the last three years the school has made about $3.7 million from these measures, according to Thomas Ognibene, the school’s lawyer. That money has gone to making repairs and underwriting tuition for students.

 

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Middle Village charter school to open this fall


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Middle schoolers are making the jump to Christ the King’s campus quicker than before — through a new charter school set to open this September.

Middle Village Preparatory (MVP) Charter School received approval January 1 to open its doors this fall to 120 sixth grade students, and will offer an expansive middle school education as well as alleviate overcrowding in the district.

“The last two years, [opening the school] is something that we have really focused on,” said Michael Michel, president of Christ the King Regional High School and the founder of MVP.

MVP will be housed in an area of Christ the King that is currently unoccupied — roughly a 50,000-square-foot section reserved for a new administration and students.

Michel and the founding board are currently searching for a principal for the new charter school and also for a Director of Operations. By the middle of February, applications will be sent to fifth grade students in District 24, urging them to spend their next year at MVP. If 120 students don’t apply, admission will open up to the entire city, and by April, the student body will be selected.

“Families should have a choice. We have good public schools, we have good private schools, but there’s only one charter school in the district,” said Michel.

The 120 selected students will then advance to the seventh grade, and a new 120 students will be selected for the sixth grade, and so on, until a 360-student middle school forms by 2015.

MVP’s mission is already set, and aims to have more individual and focused education for its students with longer school days and an extended year. Subjects such as Latin will be a requirement, and math and English will have double the amount of customary instruction time.

 

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Test drive to help


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A Queens car dealership is looking to drive thousands of dollars in funds to a local high school.

Ford Lincoln of Queens will host a “Drive Smart for Your School” event at Christ the King High School on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Any motorist over the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license, can stop by the Middle Village school, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue, to test drive a Lincoln Ford. For each test drive, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Christ the King for a total of up to $6,000, officials said.

The offer is limited to one driver per household.

“We’re very excited to do this,” said Michael Naclerio, vice president of Ford Lincoln of Queens. “Being involved with the school is important. With how tough the economy has been, the cost of school has such an impact on people’s pocketbooks. To be able to help with that is a good feeling.”

Margaret Tapalaga, spokesperson for Christ the King High School, said the funds would help boost various afterschool activities, including clubs and extracurriculars.

“It would go a long way in helping students,” she said.

CK students’ math adds up to wins


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The Christ the King Regional High School (CK) Math Team celebrated its individual and team victories in this year’s NY State Mathematics League competition. Four of the CK students tied for 1st Place out of more than 4,000 students competing. Overall, the team came in 3rd out of over 200 high schools in the state and ranked 1st out of all the religious schools.

“I am so proud of the individual and team accomplishments and look forward to many future successes,” said Principal Peter Mannarino shared.

Christ the King names former NFL player as head coach


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Christ the King High School announced a new head varsity football coach, Tyree Allison, who has already tackled the pros will now share his experience with the Royals.

Allison, who had a cup of coffee with the New Orleans Saints, has signed on to take over the Royals Varsity Football team.  The Hofstra University graduate also played with the Detroit Fury, the Tennessee Valley Vipers and the Mohegan Wolves in the Arena Football League.

“Tyree has been a valued member of our faculty.  We obviously knew of his NFL career and coaching experience on both the High School and Collegiate levels. When the football season ended this year and the coaching positions became available, I was glad to see Tyree submitted his resume,” said Principal Peter J. Mannarino.

Allison, who is also a teacher at the Middle Village School, said he excited for this chance.

“I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity by the Board of Trustees. Since joining the faculty this school has become my second family.  Watching the academic growth of my students has always been my greatest reward,” Allison said.  “I value the time spent in the NFL and know how important proper football training is to being successful in all walks of life.  To be able to share my experience and passion with the Christ the King community as head coach is a wonderful way to give something back to all they have given me.  My goal is to bring a winning tradition to Christ the King football and with the help of my talented staff and these fine student athletes, that’s exactly what we will do.”

The Christ the King won just once this past season while racking up seven losses.

Help give the gift of life


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Carly Rose Nieves will be turning 16 in January, but in lieu of a lavish Super Sweet 16 party most girls her age plan for years, she is putting all her efforts into saving lives.

The Middle Village teen has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) — a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infections — since she was seven.

Carly received blood transfusions and underwent two years of intensive chemotherapy. Then at age 12, she suffered a relapse of ALL after three years. The relapse placed Carly in the high-risk category, which requires additional intensive, high-dose chemotherapy.
Because of her intensive treatment, Carly — who adores school and managed to graduate as an honor roll student in the 6th grade — had to miss many years of it.

Now Carly — who regrew a full head of hair following the chemo — is out of treatment and in remission. And after being out of school for three years, Carly is back as a freshman at Christ the King (CTK) Regional High School and she is “loving every minute of it.”

“She’s doing awesome,” said her mother, Lisa. “She’s still very tired and weak, but that’s expected for the first year or so. But she manages every morning to get up and go to school. It’s just been a great experience for her because she can socialize now that she has an immune system.”

Now at school, Carly has a great following of friends and administrators who understand.

“There are kids that remember her from last year because she did a speech at their Thanksgiving Mass,” Lisa said. “All the kids in her classes, teachers, everyone at the school — they all seem to get along great. She has good and bad days because of the chemo, but the teachers really understand.”

Still, Carly has not forgotten the friends she made in the hospital and others that are still suffering, including one friend — of Italian and Chinese descent — who relapsed for the second time and has a hard time finding a bone marrow donor match because of her ethnicity.

That’s why Carly, her friends and family are holding another community blood and bone marrow drive for the second year in a row at Christ the King, and they need as many people as possible to donate on December 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those of Asian descent are particularly needed to match Carly’s friend, Lisa said.

“We need to find the positive in all of this, and this is the only way we could think of to try and help as many people as we can. It truly does save a life,” Lisa said, adding that one bag of blood can save three lives.

Last year, they collected 200 pints of blood, registered 54 people to be bone marrow donors and raised $3,000 for Friends of Karen — an organization that supports critically ill children and their families.

This year, they will have a few small raffles to continue raising money for Friends of Karen. Prizes include gift baskets and toy prizes that were donated, including a tricycle and a wooden fire engine.

But mainly, Lisa said, she wants to spread awareness about how important and easy it is to register and donate.

“Carly needed a lot of transfusions during her treatment. The last thing you ever want to hear as a patient or a parent is ‘We ran out.’ That happened to us once. It’s just very scary,” Lisa said. “You can save a life and a family’s life. It’s amazing what can be done from just swabbing your cheeks.”
Lisa explained that cancer patients may require frequent blood transfusions because aggressive treatment often destroys healthy blood cells along with diseased ones. Red blood cell transfusions to fight anemia and platelet transfusions to control bleeding are often needed.

“Carly keeps that in mind all the time,” she said. “She tries to get everyone to be aware. We just want to tell people how easy it is to give the gift of life. What better time of year to do it than the holiday season? It’s better than giving money.”

For more information about becoming a marrow donor, call 1-800-MARROW-2. It’s a simple process that takes just a few minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab.

To learn more about Friends of Karen, go to www.friendsofkaren.org.
And to find out more about the blood drive, on Saturday, December 17 at Christ the King, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, email lhorner67@gmail.com.