‘Living Our Values’ Award Winner
Shaun Smith, a resident of Rockaway Beach and a section manager for Con Edison, has won the company’s highest honor, the “Living Our Values” award.
Smith, who joined the company in 2003, was chosen for exemplifying Con Edison’s values of service, teamwork, excellence and community service.
Smith is part of a team that is responsible for all residential and commercial electrical services in Queens and has focused on enhancing the customer experience. He manages a department of 85 employees, both union and management.
Smith received this honor because of his commitment to work and community. He has participated in several volunteer activities, including raising funds and walking in the Prospect Park Annual Brooklyn Community Services FunWalk. He also works with elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
He participates in the Annual Career Fair for P.S. 268 in Brooklyn, and helps with the “Change for Kids Program” for P.S. 160 in Jamaica, Queens. He also gives back to his high school, Calabar High, in the island of Jamaica by being the benefactor of a scholarship aimed to help promising young men from the inner city communities.
Smith was born and raised in the island of Jamaica, and won several national speech awards from a young age.
He migrated to New York to attend The City College of New York to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He earned magna cum laude honors, as well as several other accolades and distinctions, including Engineering Honor Societies and National Honors.
He also earned an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and a Master’s in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. His hobbies include playing soccer and working out.
Adherly Alvarez of Ridgewood has been admitted to Cornell College for the fall 2015 semester.
Allison Millstein of Sunnyside, a student at the State University of New York at New Paltz, was awarded the Mary Boyle Scholarship and Gary and Janaki Patrik Music Scholarship.
Mauricio Huertas of East Elmhurst was one of more than 200 students to receive an academic award from Cornell College on April 23. Huertas earned the Carl Becker Award, membership in Mortar Board 2015-16.
Michael Estevez, a senior at Pan American International High School in Elmhurst is doing a senior internship for Francisco Canelario, the school’s Technology Coordinator. Estevez’s job is to learn how to help the staff with technology problems. Recently, Estevez saved the day when two of the school’s copy machines jammed. In a few minutes, he had fixed both machines. These internship positions are coordinated by Lissette Burgos. If a business or government agency would like a student to intern part time, call Burgos at (718) 271-3602
Army Pvt. Damira Hawkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Hawkins is the daughter of Dale Wise of Corona and granddaughter of Cora Wise of Far Rockaway. She is a 2014 graduate of Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre.