Several members of the New York National Guard have recently reenlisted, including Forest Hills’ Private First Class Edwin Olivera (who will continue with Operations Company, 42nd Infantry Division), Middle Village’s Staff Sgt. Avery Torres (who will continue service with Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion), East Elmhurst’s Sgt. Nathaly Eumanacacandia (who will continue with the 719th Transportation Company) and Far Rockaway’s Sgt. Steadman Blake (who will continue with the 1,569th Transportation Company) and Sgt. Nigel Chen (who will continue with Headquarters, 106th Regiment, Regional Training Institute).
A number of Queens members of the National Guard have completed basic training and welcomed to their units—including Forest Hills’ Pfc. Stephen Jenkins (Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division); Elmhurst’s Pfc. Diego Cajamarcatenecela (who was welcomed into the 1,156th Engineer Company); Hollis’ Pvt. Lloyd Mumby (Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery); Jamaica’s Pvt. Gregory Jacobs (145th Maintenance Company), Spc. Shadenie Bolton (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation) and Pvt. Jesmond Patterson (Company B, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry); and Cambria Heights’ Pvt. Gabriel McFadden (145th Maintenance Company).
Three Queens students—South Richmond Hill’s Shayanna Roman, Astoria’s Afi Akakpo and Jamaica’s Mirza Ahmed—were recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad from SUNY New Paltz.
Richmond Hill’s Inaki Herrera has been added to the University of Iowa’s class of 2021.
Ridgewood’s Avery Santiago has been selected for Ithaca College’s inaugural cohort of BOLD Scholars, which is comprised of 10 juniors who have become part of an initiative focused on cultivating courageous leadership among college women. Santiago, who was chosen from among more than 100 applicants, will travel with nine other students to Rutgers University for the national BOLD summit and retreat.
SUNY New Paltz recently announced its student association election results for fall 2017, during which two Queens students—Woodside’s Vanessa Campos and Springfield Gardens’ Cafari Reid—were elected to the school’s E-Board.