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Today, nearly 4,000 third, fourth, and fifth grade scholars from 24 Success Academy schools packed the seats of Manhattan’s historic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the start of next Tuesday’s New York State English Language Arts exams and the New York State math test slated for May.
Scholars prepared to “slam the exam” with the help of the event’s MCs, SA Bronx 4 principal Shea Reeder and SA Bensonhurst principal Jonathan Dant. With an upbeat performance from the network dance team and all 24 schools performing a cheer to the tune of songs by artists like Chance the Rapper and Bruno Mars, we’re pretty sure Radio City Music Hall has never been louder!
During the excitement, six SA scholars received awards in ELA and math, for both excellence and growth in both subjects. The ELA and math excellence awards celebrates scholars who received the highest score in that subject on recent exams. The growth awards honors scholars who demonstrated incredible progress in ELA or math throughout the year.
This year’s award winners are:
ELA Growth: Frederick Gayle (SA Bergen Beach)
ELA Excellence: Samuel Park (SA Bensonhurst)
Math Growth: Rory Grady (Harlem 1)
Math Excellence: Our first-ever three-way tie! Gloria Aka (SA Harlem 3 Upper), Marlen Vargas (SA Harlem 1), Olivia Naporano (SA Upper West)
Congratulations to our award winners, and all of our scholars who have worked so hard this school year. We know you’re all ready to Slam the Exam!
Check out photos from Radio City Music Hall below:
“The energy and excitement in the room is incredible!” said event MC and SA Bensonhurst principal Jonathan Dant. “I want you to remember this excitement and this energy when you sit down on Tuesday, and every day you take the state test. You have learned all of the skills you need to slam the exams and knock them out of the park.”
Scholars were all smiles as they soaked up the excitement in Radio City Music Hall
“Scholars, today you are making history. Next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday you will make history again when you slam the ELA exam,” said Success Academy Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz. “You are ready. You have worked hard. I am so proud of you. Your teachers and parents are so proud of you. I can’t wait to see how well you do. Go slam the exam!”
SA’s Network Dance team entertained the crowd with a hip hop routine to a medley of upbeat songs.
Scholars showed their school pride by delivering school cheers to the music of popular artists like Bruno Mars and Chance the Rapper.
Scholars roared with excitement when they learned that a classmate from their school had been nominated for an award!
For the first-time ever there was three-way tie and SA Harlem 2 Principal Lavinia Mackall presented three scholars with Excellence Awards in math!
A big thank you to our teachers and school staff, who work so hard every day to help our scholars achieve great things!
Subjects: Slam the Exam