MBRP: Year 08

Aaniyla Allen-Sutherland showing off a rare larger-than-normal specimen of the Eastern Oyster at Bush Terminal Park (Photo: Mauricio González)

Greetings MBRP partners, alumni, scholars, and friends. Embarking on our 8th year of operation we “push off the dock” with the momentum of our achievements of the past year (see below). This year our Harbor SEALs Citizen Scientists are working with the Billion Oyster Project to monitor the ecological conditions off of Pier 101, Governors Island. Our MBRP senior scholars have been hard at work on their mapping curriculum, research projects, and career and financial management projects. Take a look at this year’s gorgeous senior web site portfolios. Our 11th grade MBRP scholars have also started their mapping curriculum and their research plans. Next, over the summer our scholars read the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” and completed a creative project based on their reading. Check out 11th grade research scholar Tyler Simpson’s compelling video. Our 10th grade MBRP scholars have just completed the first unit entitled: Introduction to Scientific Methods. They have also completed their first MBRP lab reports. Way to go 10th grade researchers! When you get a chance, glance through some of last year’s culminating research projects. Lastly, we have two upcoming major events: 01) join us for our 7th annual SEALs-Giving dinner on November 21st, 2018 between 3:30 and 5:30 at the NYHS Mess Hall; 02) join us for our 7th annual Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on December 5th (details TBA). We hope to see you soon. Gobble, gobble!

2017 – 2018 MBRP Achievements:

  • NYCSEF : Two 2nd place winners, a 3rd place winner, & 6 scholars competed in total for an all time Program high,
  • CIVITAS:  NY Harbor SEALs Harlem River restoration Phase 02 project completed,
  • NYHS Marine Science Symposium : We celebrated our 7th Annual Symposium on May 16th (253 projects completed to-date),
  • NOCTI: 99% pass rate for 7 years (62 to-date),
  • GIS SPACE Certification: Three of three students took and passed Digital Quest’s Geographic Information Systems assessment (5 have passed to-date; first HS students to pass in NYS),
  • College credits: 92 credits awarded to MBRP scholars last year alone!!! (310 awarded to-date; $54,648 SAVED!!!),
  • CTE Endorsements: 12 stamps awarded last year (52 to-date is highest in school),
  • Internships: Successfully paid out 1638.25 hours to over 15 interns which amount s to roughly USD $18,000.00,
  • Nailea Rodriguez: Record hours worked in internship (288.5),
  • Nicholas Ring: National Chemical Honor Society,
  • Marcus Charles: Winner of the MBRP TRIDENT Award.
Leo McGuinness shows off his Sedgewick-Rafter loading skills to a group of 10 and 11th grade SEALs scholars. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Team BIODIVERSITY measures oysters to support Lauren Salitan’s (Senior Project Manager) research project. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Destiny Coley – Team BIODIVERSITY Captain. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Leo McGuinness – Team Microbiology Co-captain. (Photo: Mauricio González)
WBL: Maritime Career Fair, 10/23/18. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Halloween 2018 at SEALs. Jacqueline Obermayer (Junior Project Manager) and Lisette Mejia (Junior Operations Analyst) prepared muffins and cheese cake to celebrate. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Hildeberto Sierra and Hailey Ayala monitor oyster cages for BOP. (Photo: Mauricio González)
Hispanic Heritage Month organizers Deyana Sanchez, Karla Cortes, and Hassan Meheraj. (Photo: Mauricio González)
WBL: Preparing Training Plans off the 7:30 a.m. ferry! (Photo: Mauricio González)
1st Annual NYHS Hispanic Heritage Month culminating feast. Students, staff and parents showed up to share a round of Futbol, eat arepas with churrasco, and listen to some Latin salsa. Big thanks to my wife, Anita Morawski, PTA President, Nan Richardson, and 10th grade MBRP scholar, Pedro Vieira, for bringing in the delicious munchies. (Photo: Mauricio González)