BRIANNA KAILIN ADAMS
CHELSSY N. VASQUEZ
JEAN PHILLIP RODRIGUEZ
JACQUELINE I. DENO
MICHAEL S. HERRERA
NIA D. ARRINGTON SEWARD
NIKITA M. TAILOR
TYHEEM M. BOYD
TABITHA I. MASSO
THAIR JAMAR GALLMON
TRACY Y. GOMEZ
Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony - Farleigh Dickinson University
"Pomp and Circumstance"
Mr.Gregory Del Russo
Class of 2015
Keynote Speaker Mrs. Aloia
B.S. Degree in Eduction from Syracuse University. M.A. Degree in remedial reading from Columbia University practitioner of mortuary science degree from mercer county coll. Teacher for many years in many different disciplines. Past professor of Mortuary Science, Mercer County College present professor of Mortuary Science, Eastwick College
Graduation speech composed Mrs. Rosemarie Aloia, keynote speaker BASCS High School Graduation, June 16, 2015
Mr. Guvercin, school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, mentors, extended family members of the graduates and, most, importantly, you, the BASCS High School Graduates , Class of 2015. I have my cellphone in my hand. How many of you have a cell phone? I would guess that you all do. Why do you carry a cellphone? What is its purpose?
Its purpose is connectivity-to others, to events happening in the world, to family, to friends. It is also a fact finder. All one has to do is ask Google a question. The answer is readily found. Now....how many of you have ever lost your cellphone? Or... Worse than that, have lost or misplaced the charger to your cellphone? How many of you feel disconnected. At that moment, uncomfortable that your outlet to the world doesn't have a means of being charged? It is a scary situation ...because we have become accustomed to this amazing social media tool. You, graduates, sit here today, anxiously awaiting your graduation and your new beginnings in college and/or in another pursuit. You are, right now, the cellphones of the world.
What would you have been without the "charge" of being in this high school? Would you be in the same position in which you are right now? Would your charger have been a place of less competence?
Would the plugs,, your teachers, have been here to give you the education you have received? You are now about to change your cellphone service which not uses a high school charger, to a cellphone service of a greater magnitude. You have become the product of the charge of this high school. You are the first class to graduate, the first to have carved a niche in the high school hierarchy here in bergen county. The definition of the word first fits your situation exactly. It means something that hasn't been done before.....such as the first occurrence of an item or of a kind. There isn't any better place to be other than first. However, being first brings many responsibilities. You have set a standard here for the following classes. You have been the first to create this high school. You have been the first representatives of this place to apply. To colleges...where, for some of you, your educational charging will be complete. Some of you will become super charged by seeking education beyond that of a college level. You have been the first to suffer the ups and downs and growing pains of a new idea or experiment. You have been the first to plan events for this school. You have been the first representatives at various scholastic functions and international festivals..and academic events. You have sometimes been the first to volunteer. You have sometimes been the first to bring honor to your class. Your cellphones have been connected to this charger, bergen arts and science charter high school for all your electricity. And information gained these past 4 years.
Now, it is time to bring all of that energy to a new place. You will go out into the world as fine representatives of this school. You will connect to different college chargers. You will be on facebook for all to see. You will be on the worldwide Internet, learning from others, growing in intellect, being the change you want to see in the world. You will bring honor to those who have put their trust in you. The world needs all of you, no matter what the scope of your future plans entail. At your graduation dinner, i watched in amazement to see that all of you were accepted to college. The amount of scholarships earned was impressive. Now...as you leave this high school,your charger might be a community college or a specialty university. Whatever your choice, stay plugged in. Take that energy and electricity to a higher level. Don't become a lost cellphone without a charger. Expand your horizons. Envision your future by plugging it into your gps... Plan your course of action by using your map app. Check out waze in order to avoid the pitfalls of being held up by inconsequential traffic jams-others trying to inhibit your progress. Check your clock app for the timing needed to complete your dreams...Put your dreams on a calendar ...for dreams only become a reality when you put a deadline on them...Calculate the costs of your next moves, both monetarily , psychologically and emotionally. Take pictures with your camera, placing them in your gallery. They will be a chronicle of your past life in the years to come. Listen to sound-hound, finding the music of your imagination ...putting on your play-list. Learn the lyrics to only those songs which will help you achieve your goals.....sing them loudly, even when no one is listening. Email or gmail your desires and wishes to yourself...so that in years to come, You will have a running account of how you achieved your goals. Text many texts....to friends, family members, new teachers, college professors , administrators, acquaintances, and parents. Use the help! App.....plug in your questions. The answers will be found, almost immediately you are so lucky to live in the 21st century....right here....right now. Check your emergency alerts frequently ,always being careful to represent yourself, the home from which you came and the school who trained you, positively....the world is watching. Waiting......listening .....hoping for positivity....
You have been the pioneers of a dream and vision put forth by Mr.Guvercin and the board many years ago. They took their cellphones, and unknown chargers, went into Hackensack with a new app....and successfully, started your high school. Follow their lead in the future. Start your own new apps. Create a new company. Advance a new idea. Emulate people like Bill Gates...Write your own book on your kindle App....Use your notes for important ideas which come to mind... Remember Steve Jobs..and silicon valley. We wouldn't have any of these computer related instruments if people hadn't taken a chance on using their genius minds. Place a reminder of your screen saver , on your wall, of your fondest wishes and future hopes. Create a video which can be played and replayed of these past 17 or 18 years...where you lived, who your friends were, your family and the value they had in forming your life, your past school experiences,, your high school years-studies, athletics, book reports,science investigations, English essays, math competitions and tests, the NJASK tests, the PARCC tests, the countless hours of study and research to fulfill your obligations. And more.. Watch that video frequently, always forging ahead in desire determination and perseverance. The events and people in your video led you to tonight's graduation celebration. You didn't get here alone .You had an app for cooperation with others you had an App for family involvement. You had an App for insatiable questioning , a unique hypothesis , trials and errors and conclusions .. You had an app for a superior standard. You had an App for native intelligence. All these Apps were and still are displayed on your screen for you are the cellphone. They are not going to disappear. In fact, you will be adding more and more of these handy little h1 tech investigative tools to your cellphone as you begin your college experience. Your future brings us, the adults here, much hope.
Thank you to your parents who saw the value of enrolling you in the BASCS High School. Thank you to the faculty who saw the value of the students present in this institution ... Thank you, graduates, for making us proud of you, the premier graduation class of bergen arts and science charter high school. We hope you'll keep on charging your cell phone we know that you'll never lose your charger..
You are our hand held treasures. May you find much success as you begin to experience higher education. We hope here, tonight, that you will hear the message of connectivity, responsibility, future foresight, kindness and caring you are so very special. We hope that the time you spent as the first graduating class taught you how to acideve noteworthy accomplishments ... learn the secret of the joy of living, afford you the prosperity of success, award you the camaraderie of good friends help you fulfill your youthful dreams,give you the peace of living a charitable life, the joy of creating visionary ideals,
and, most of all, the grateful acknowledgment of those who helped lead you to this very place...right here, right now.
Congratulations, to the fully charged, ringing cellphones of the class of 2015!
Look out world....here they come!
Mr. Nihat Guvercin, CEO
Dr. Yasin Demir, School Coordinator
Mr. Murtaza Ozdemir, Project Coordinator
Ms. Gregory Del Russo, Curriculum Supervisor Assistant
Mr. Mehmet Yuksel, Director of College Counseling
Mr. Erdal Yilmaz, Guidance Counselor
Mr. Nazmi Mehmedi, Athletic Coordinator
Mr. Raif Hyseni, Activities Coordinator
Ms. Christina Scrudato, Senior Advisor
Mr. Justin Bank, Senior Advisor
BASCS PTO, Mr. Guy Navarro, President
NJASCS Education Foundation, Mr. Haderson Rivera, President, and Mr. Phil Patire, Foundation Coordinator
Ms. Blerta Vance and Ms. Catherine Rosario
Mr. Edis Maric, Mrs. Elmina Scillia, and Ms. Dawn Fantasia
Ms. Mine Cakrani, Mr. Xhemil Mucaj and Mr. Shpetim Haxhiu
BASCS Security Team, especially Mr. Jay Fowler and Mr. Angel Santos
BASCS Senior Recognition Dinner Program
~ 6 p.m. ~
Cocktail Hour and Registration/Photos
~ 7 p.m. ~
The National Anthem
Miss Khadijah Nunez
CEO/Lead Person, Mr. Nihat Guvercin
History of BASCS and the Class of 2015
Miss Nia Arrington Seward
Why Charter Schools Matter
Mr. Michael Herrera
Recognition of Distinguished Guests and Sponsors
Miss Jewel Bamby
iLearn Schools Education Foundation Welcome
Mr. Phillip Patire, Mr. Haderson Rivera, Miss Zoey Zibor, Miss Nikita Tailor
Senator Nellie Pou
Citations and Certificates of Commendation
Senator Nellie Pou, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Freeholder Maura DeNicola
~ 8:00 p.m. ~
Classical Vocal Performance
“Oh Mio Babbino Caro” Giacomo Puccini performed by Miss Khadijah Nunez
~ 8:30 p.m. ~
Student Success by the Numbers
Dr. Yasin Demir and the Guidance Department
BASCS Senior Academic Awards
English Language Arts
presented by Mr. Gregory Del Russo
presented by Mr. Ali Murat Bakan
presented by Mr. Jubrial Nesheiwat
presented by Mr. Craig Sommers
presented by Mr. Raif Hyseni
presented by Mrs. Joanna Rodriguez
presented by Ms. Dawn Fantasia
presented by Mrs. Laura Quiroz
presented by Mrs. Fatma Dogan
Scholar Athlete Awards
presented by Mrs. Katarzyna Kasica and Mr. Nazmi Mehmedi
Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards
presented by Dr. Yasin Demir and Mr. Mehmet Yuksel
Community Service Awards
presented by Mr. Erdal Yilmaz
My name is Nihat Guvercin, the CEO of iLearn Schools. Thank you all for coming out tonight as we celebrate this special event. Tonight we celebrate an accomplishment eight years in the making. In 2007, no one would have believed that we would grow into the 4th largest charter school network in the State of New Jersey, educating over 2,500 students every year — but that’s just what we have become.
Tonight, we are here to celebrate what I believe to be our school’s finest achievement; graduating our first class of high school students. These 50 students have the honor and distinction of being the first to start their college careers with a diploma from Bergen Arts & Science Charter Schools – but they won’t be the last.
These young men and women have the responsibility to continue their education and start their careers knowing that they represent the legacy of our Board members that worked so hard to start our first school in 2007. They represent the hopes and dreams of their parents who took the chance of sending their child to a relatively new charter school so that they could have the best possible opportunity for success in life. These students represent all of the teachers and administrators who worked so hard to make sure these students were prepared to be successful in life.
Tonight, I join with you all in congratulating the first graduating class of the Bergen Arts & Science Charter School. We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors – please continue to make us proud.
NJ State Senator Nellie Pou
From District 35 delivered the Keynote Speech to the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School’s Class of 2015. She encouraged them to reach for the stars, work hard and make your families proud. She shared with them advice for making their college years successful and something they will never forget.
Every student in the Senior Class received four citations and certificates from the following county and NJ State offices:
Bergen County Executive
NJ State Senator
Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter
Freeholder Joan Voss
Freeholder John Felice
Freeholder Maura DeNicola
Social Studies - George Y. Konyev
Science - Henry J. Espinel
Turkish - Brenda Gotelli
Mathematics - Michael S. Herrera
English Language Arts- Robert Harris
Music - Khadijah Nunez
Visual Arts - Elif M. Kucuk
Theatre - Nia Arrington Seward
Spanish - Tracy Y. Gomez
Scholar Athlete Awards - Keisly M.Solis & Alexis Martines, Jr.
Community Service Awards - Nikita Tailor, Jewel Bamby, Zoey Zibor, Emali K. Fairnot, Saudi Walker
Recognition of Sponsors
Class 2015 Video
Citations & Certificates
College Guidance I iLearn Schools @ 2016
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