Free laptops for IN-Tech students


At a school that focuses on learning and teaching technology, it sure helps to have a laptop computer to do so. And for a few students at IN-Tech Academy, that wish came true.

More than a half-dozen students there received MacBooks after attending a year-long program at Virtual Enterprises, a business development non-profit that teaches its students how to run a virtual business. The students receiving laptops demonstrated interest in graphic design and marketing, according to a release.

Now enjoying MacBooks at IN-Tech are Fatima Chaudhry, Kevin de Lara, Jose Garcia, Yazmin Hamza, Adelisa Karic, Gabriel Rivera and Valery Nunez.

Other laptop recipients hailed from Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School in Manhattan, and John Adams High School, Flushing High School, and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Queens.


Bowman hosts congressional art competition

U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman is having a busy first few months in Washington. But aside from his progressive agenda, one of his endeavors is providing a creative outlet for high school students inside his congressional district.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to high school students with the winner earning their artwork displayed in the Capitol building for the next year.

Second and third place prizes are also available, as the pieces will be displayed in Bowman’s Washington or New York congressional offices.

Submissions are due April 16, and can be sent to


Lehman sophomore wins prestigious fellowship

Many know of Frederick Douglass, but few may realize he spent a few years in Ireland to avoid being returned to slavery. While there, he met several Irish abolitionists who helped further develop his anti-slavery ideals.

Now, one Lehman College student will get to retrace his steps after winning one of 14 slots for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship.

Katherine Sánchez, a sophomore nursing major in the school’s adult degree program, was the only student from the city selected for the program out of a field of more than 500.

Sánchez said she applied for the fellowship out of a desire to expand her worldview and nurture her professional development. She already works full-time in a hospital in addition to attending Lehman, but she eventually wants to move up in the ranks with a college degree, with hopes of becoming a nurse.

“For somebody who’s been out of school for so long, I think it’s a huge accomplishment to jump back into the flow of things, especially while balancing a job and your social life (and) home life,” Sánchez said, in a release. “You have to want it. You have to reach for the stars.”

Sánchez’s fellowship will bring her across the pond to Ireland for a four-week summer study abroad program focusing on leadership, intercultural communication and strategies to affect social change — all of which she thinks will help her in her nursing career.

Aptly, Sánchez attended a virtual reception for the fellowship on St. Patrick’s Day. Guests of honor included Irish prime minister Micheál Martin, Frederick Douglass’ great-great-granddaughter Nettie Washington Douglass, and Vice President Kamala Harris, who had a few words of praise for Sánchez and the other fellows.

“Your nation is so proud of you,” Harris said. “Hopefully when you’re in Ireland this summer, walking in the footsteps of that great American Frederick Douglass, remember that you are great. You not only have the capacity to be great. You are great. And you are walking in great footsteps. He imagined, I’m sure, in those days when he was in Ireland that you would be coming behind him.”