Rising stars: P’Slope students receive civic council honors

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The Park Slope Civic Council awarded four area high school seniors with scholarships worth $2,250 each at the group’s annual meeting on June 8 — and while the honors reflected the students’ academic achievements, the civic honchos said the awardees’ community service earned each his or her prize.

“It had to do with volunteerism, giving back, and giving of themselves above and beyond what’s required for their high school commitment,” said civic council vice president Joe Rydell.

Recipients included Millennium High School’s Makajah Marks, Park Slope Collegiate secondary school’s Renee Octave, Secondary School for Journalism’s Louric Rankine, and Secondary School for Law’s Ezra Pean.

Each honoree represented a school at the John Jay Educational Campus on Seventh Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, but none of the recipients reside in Park Slope, Rydell said, due to the fact that most students at the academic complex’s schools come from outside the community.

The scholarships marked the first of many accolades to come for the civic-minded scholars, according to the council rep.

“Identify their four names, and remember them,” he said, “Because you will be hearing them again in the future.”

And while the sequined gowns and patterned suit that the recipients wore to receive their awards at first seemed appropriate for a more formal setting, the glamorous getups made perfect sense for the four students who celebrated their prom later that night.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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