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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Governor Baker Signs $1.8 Billion Affordable Housing Bill to Increase Housing Production, Preserve Housing Affordability

Governor Baker Signs $1.8 Billion Affordable Housing Bill to Increase Housing Production, Preserve Housing Affordability
Legislation ensures continued funding for effective affordable housing programs, and extends critical tax credits to diversify housing portfolio across the Commonwealth


州长办公室提供
BOSTON –?Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed?An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents?(H.4536), to ensure long-term support for the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive efforts to increase the production of affordable housing, diversify the state’s housing portfolio, modernize public housing, preserve the affordability of existing housing and invest in new, innovative solutions to address Massachusetts’ rising demand for housing.

麻州住宅署副署长陈洁滢致词。(州长办公室提供)
“This bill?will help expand our administration’s commitment to ensuring residents across the Commonwealth have more?access to quality, safe and affordable housing and economic development opportunities,”?said Governor Charlie Baker.?“Municipalities, developers, and local housing authorities will be supported by a toolbox of flexible resources to create more affordable options and explore new avenues to meet a growing demand. We thank our partners in the Legislature for working with us to pass this legislation and look forward to our continued collaboration on the administration’s Housing Choice Bill to create even more affordable housing options.”

Today’s legislation authorizes $1.8 billion in new capital spending for the production and preservation of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households, supportive housing and housing serving vulnerable populations. Additionally, the legislation authorizes $650 million for public housing modernization and redevelopment, as well as $45 million for capital improvements at Early Education and Care facilities.?

“Our administration continues to seek collaborative partnerships with communities to increase affordable and market-rate housing production across the Commonwealth, through this bill, our pending Housing Choice Initiative, affordable housing awards, the Workforce Housing Initiative and the Housing Development Incentive Program,”?said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.?“The housing bond bill builds on these efforts, and we are proud to have worked collaboratively with our dedicated partners in the Legislature to ensure continued funding for critical housing programs.”

The administration’s first three capital budgets supported the creation or preservation of approximately 7,500 affordable housing units, provided $17.8 million to four public housing developments for comprehensive modernization of housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities and allowed the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCH) to award $150 million for deferred maintenance projects to more than 45,000 units of extremely low-income state public housing across 234 communities.

“Massachusetts’ growing economy has increased pressure on our housing market, creating challenges for families, communities, and employers’ ability to attract and retain talent,”?said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.?“This housing bond bill provides tools to increase housing production, including extending the State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Housing Development Incentive Program. These programs support the diverse needs for housing development, which together will help us achieve our goal of stronger, more inclusive Massachusetts economy.”

The bill signing took place in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, operated by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly.

“Our goal is to ensure Massachusetts families and residents, despite their income, have access to safe, quality housing they can afford,”?said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan.?“Housing, in particular housing affordable to the spectrum of households, drives economic development, supports vibrant and walkable downtowns, promotes neighborhood stability, and enables families and residents to thrive.”

“The Housing Bond Bill will continue to give the Commonwealth the tools it needs to continue confronting its housing challenges and produce and preserve the housing we need in a growing economy,”?said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay.?“The legislation will also allow MassHousing to increase the number of the Commonwealth’s residents who can have access to stable, quality housing.?We thank the Legislature for their important leadership on this issue.”

“Preserving and producing affordable housing is central to sustaining the Commonwealth’s economic prosperity,”?said Senator Boncore, Senate Chair Joint Committee on Housing.?“This bond bill makes thoughtful and innovative investments that will serve as tools for municipalities and developers in the modernization and production of our state’s housing stock.”

“We are all well aware of the housing crisis in Massachusetts”?said Representative Kevin G. Honan, chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing.?“This Housing Bond Bill is a tangible commitment to affordable housing. The provisions of this bill are the tried and true affordable housing tools that are at our disposal. Through this bill, we will recommit ourselves to housing the elderly, disabled and homeless.”

“Today is a great day for the Commonwealth.? This bond bill will allow us to continue to make important investments in housing for years to come,”?said Assistant Minority Leader Bradley Hill.?“I am proud to have been a part of passing this legislation and am thankful to the Governor and Lt. Governor for their leadership.”

“The housing bond bill expands opportunities for children, seniors, people with disabilities, and families at risk of homelessness to find safe, healthy, and affordable homes,”?said?Rachel Heller, chief executive officer of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.?“This legislation is the result of strong partnerships among advocates, the Legislature, and the Administration who worked together to pass the bill. As one of the first bond bills filed and passed this session, the Housing Bond Bill demonstrates that creating and preserving more affordable housing is a top priority in the Commonwealth.”

“Today’s signing of the $1.8 billion Housing Bond Bill reflects the collective determination of the Baker-Polito Administration, the Legislature and housing advocates to address the need for affordable housing in Massachusetts,”?said Clark Ziegler, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.?“The combination of a strong state economy, high housing demand and low production has created one of the largest affordability gaps in the U.S.? More than 240,000 low-income individuals and families in Massachusetts now pay more than half of their income on rent.? Private housing production alone will not solve that problem.?The programs authorized in this bill are one of the few ways we can close this gap. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to address the Commonwealth’s housing needs.”

“It is an incredible honor for JCHE to host this historic bill signing,”?said Amy Schectman, president and chief executive officer of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. “Prior bond bill funds have allowed us to build our award-winning supportive, affordable housing and these new funds will be vital to creating additional opportunities for older adults to age in community.? Kudos to Governor Baker and Chairmen Honan and Boncore for their brilliant leadership on this life-or-death issue.”

The housing bond bill includes:

·???????State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Extends the state’s ability to commit $20 million per year in tax credits to affordable housing projects until 2025 and authorizes an additional $5 million per year in tax credits specifically to support preservation of existing affordable housing. Current law would cut the size of this tax credit to $10 million on January 1, 2020.

·???????Housing Development Incentive Program: Extends the state’s ability to commit $10 million per year in tax credits to market-rate housing projects in Gateway Cities until 2024. Current law would cut the size of this tax credit in half, to $5 million, on January 1, 2019.

·???????Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction and Landlord Modifications: Authorizes the use of home modification funding to construct accessory dwelling units for elders and individuals with disabilities and also authorizes up to 10% of the funds to be used to support landlord expenditures to modify units for tenants with disabilities, implementing recommendations of the administration’s Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness.

·???????MassHousing Services: Expands MassHousing’s authorizing language, to allow the quasi-public agency to provide contract administration, loan servicing, and other services to other states’ housing finance agencies.

·???????Early Education and Out-of-School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund Facilities Improvement Grant Program:?Provides funding to non-profit child care programs licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care to renovate, acquire, or construct high-quality child care program facilities that serve low-income families and communities, fostering high quality child care environments that support positive outcomes for children.

The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to meeting Massachusetts’ housing challenge through key investments, new initiatives and program reforms. With the addition of the FY19 capital plan, the Administration will have dedicated $884 million to housing from FY16 to FY19, an increase of $100 million over the previous four years’ capital plans.???

In December 2017, the administration?announced the Housing Choice Initiative, a comprehensive proposal to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025. The initiative, which is currently pending before the Legislature, includes a new set of incentives and rewards for municipalities committed to sustainable housing growth in their communities. The Housing Choice Initiative is a multi-pronged effort that includes a program to designate Housing Choice municipalities and new technical assistance opportunities through MassHousing, in addition to proposed legislative changes that will help deliver smart, effective zoning at the local level.

Additionally, the highly effective MassWorks Infrastructure Program continues to be a key catalyst for housing production, supporting the creation of more than 3,000 housing units. The Open for Business Initiative will drive the production of more than 2,200 units of housing on state land. MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative has advanced the development of 2,309 housing units across a range of incomes, including 616 workforce housing units. And, the administration reformed the Housing Development Incentive Program, which is on track to facilitate more than 900 new units in Gateway Cities.

首届全美舞龙舞狮擂鼓大赛 德州,夏威夷、科州夺冠

第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛主席余翠梅致词。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子麻州报导)美国龙狮总会(USDLDF)第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛,有来自七州的21队,一连三日在麻州昆士市,倍投方案图片顿市,激烈竞比腾龙,舞狮,擂鼓技能,比赛期间所有团队展现的团结合作互助精神,赛後的满满互道感谢声,为舞龙舞狮界开启了新风气。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?三项比赛结果分别是,舞狮冠军- 德州潮州会馆麒麟龙狮团,擂鼓冠军-夏威夷州昇勇(Sing Yung)龙狮团 ,舞龙冠军 - 科罗拉多州亚裔传统文化中心舞龙队。
左起,昆士市长柯奇,麻州众议员陈德基,倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华
费林,昆士市议员梁秀婷,美国龙狮总会会长牛胜等出席开幕式。
(周菊子摄)
第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛主席余翠梅致词。(周菊子摄)
美国龙狮总会会长牛胜(右二),副会长余翠梅(右三)和国艺娱乐前主席
冼国林(左三),其弟子周定宇(左一),姚建刚(右一)。(周菊子摄)
?科罗拉多州亚洲传统文化中心舞龙队赢得舞龙冠军。(周菊子摄)
华林太极功夫学校赢得舞龙亚军,和师傅余翠梅(後右三),摩顿市长
葛帝生(Gary Christenson)合影。(周菊子摄)
巾帼醒狮队的陈清音(左一)等裁判出列。(周菊子摄)
这三队因这比赛结果,分别被封为狮王,鼓王,龙王。
大赛主席,统筹承办这次比赛的华林派太极功夫学校创办人余翠梅赛後难掩激动,直呼简直不敢相信,有那麽多团队克服各种困难,交通,食宿都自费的来倍投方案图片顿三天,参加比赛。但最让她欣慰的是,早年武术界似乎泾渭分明,几乎不相往来,甚至自己团队的道具都不让其他团队碰一下,但在这次比赛期间,各比赛队伍却互通有无,充分发挥团结互助精神,为武术界带出崭新风气,让人十分兴奋。
美国龙狮总会(USDLDF)的第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛,在余翠梅与众多支持者的合作下,打破了不少纪录,首先是在麻州州政府大楼大堂(Grand Stair)举行了一场点睛仪式,有麻州企业发展署助理署长范文南(Nam Pham),两名麻州众议员黄子安,陈德基,两名现任市长,昆士的柯奇(Tom Koch),摩顿的葛帝生(Gary Christenson),一名前市长,费奇堡的黄素芬(Lisa Wong),昆士市议员梁秀婷,倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn),以及驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长徐佑典等等政要云集,隆重十分,其次是参赛队伍来自全美各地,参赛团队总数量超高。
525日晚,美国龙狮总会和哈佛大学少林文化基金会合作,从香港邀来电影叶问一片出品人冼国林,在哈佛大学科学中心举办一场分享会,还请倍投方案图片顿市前市长雷夫连(Ray Flynn)为开场致词,更为这比赛增添了国际味。
夺得舞龙冠军的科罗拉多州亚洲传统文化中心师傅武卫风透露,他们17名队员,最小的12岁,最大的45岁,其中8人搭飞机,另外9人分乘三辆卡车,载着大鼓,狮头,旗帜等各种道具,从522日出发,每天连开11个小时,才抵达倍投方案图片顿。然後安排食宿,即使尽量节约,整个行程也得花费五,六千元,对他们来说是不小的负担,但这是第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛,意义非凡,辛苦得很值得。
余翠梅在赛後坦言,筹办这场比赛确实非常不容易,不但耗资不菲,更不知道累积了多少人的辛苦付出,包括巾帼醒狮队陈清音等所有8名现场评审,都按要求接受训练,取得裁判资格,更不用提还有许多其他热心人士与机构的赞助、支持,所以尽管最後结算,收支并不平衡,她仍然非常感恩,期许将来有更多人知道这舞龙舞狮大赛,顺利传承,发扬这中华文化。
美国龙狮总会是由威斯康辛州(Wiscosin)忠义国术馆的牛胜( Nelson Ferreira)和科州亚裔传统文化中心的武卫风(Phong Vo)2016年,参加马来西亚云顶世界武狮大赛,和国际舞龙舞狮联盟(Dragon and Lion Dance Federation,简称DLDF)的第一副会长Leong Lik Thong晤谈後,深受启发,回美後和多个武馆掌门人会商组成的协会。首届执委会由牛胜担任会长,武卫风及麻州的余翠梅任副会长,华盛顿州的Duc Cash Vo任秘书,夏威夷州的Kevin Lau任财政,内布拉斯加州的Ray Petersen任会员主任,德州的Mark Vuong任媒体及市场主任。黄瑞瑜担任该会的法律顾问。(图片已於5/29发表)
第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛评审包括:
Chief Judge - Ray Peterson - Nebraska
Examiner Judge - Mark Vuong - Texas
Scoring Judge - Eva Luong - California
倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(左)颁发表扬状给第一届全美舞龙舞狮大赛
主席余翠梅。(周菊子摄)
Scoring Judge - Lou Immendorf - Wisconsin
Scoring Judge - Johnny Ton - Nebraska
Scoring Judge - Dustin Buxrude - Wisconsin
Scoring Judge - Nikki Strong - Milwaukee
Scoring Judge - Tuan Mai - Louisiana
Scoring Judge - Paul Liss – Wisconsin
Scoring Judge - Cheng Imm Tan - Massachusetts

比赛结果:
传统舞狮比赛
舞狮冠军-?德州潮州会馆麒麟龙狮团。(主办单位提供)
擂鼓冠军-夏威夷州昇勇(Sing Yung)龙狮团 。(主办单位提供)
Traditional Lion Dance Results:
1. Teo Chew Association: Unicorn Dragon and Lion Dance Team Omega (Texas)
2. Sing Yung Dragon & Lion Dance Association Team B (Hawaii)
3. Sing Yung Dragon & Lion Dance Association Team A (Hawaii)
4. Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy (Massachusetts)
5. Wah Lum Malden & Quincy Team B (Massachusetts)
6. Wah Lum Malden & Quincy Team A (Massachusetts)
7. Team BLC (New York)
8. Nam Pai Academy Team A (Massachusetts)
9. Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association - Team Twin Dragon (Wisconsin)
10. Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Team A (Colorado)
11. Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy Traditional Team A (Massachusetts)
12. Nam Pai Academy Team B (Massachusetts)
13. LQ LionDance - Team A (Washington)
14. Imperial Lion Dance Team (Massachusetts)
15. Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association - Team Buddha Gate (Wisconsin)
16. Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy Youth Team B (Massachusetts)
17. WYND - Lion and Dragon Dance Team (Massachusetts)
18. Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Team B (Colorado)
19. Asian American Cultural Center Team Teriyaki (Massachusetts)


舞龙比赛:
舞龙。(主办单位提供)
Dragon Dance Results:
1. Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon Dance Team (Colorado)
2. Wah Lum Malden & Quincy Dragon Team (Massachusetts)
3. WYND - Lion and Dragon Dance Team (Massachusetts)

擂鼓比赛:
舞龙冠军。(主办单位提供)
Drumming Competition Results:
1. Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association (Hawaii)
2. Wah Lum Temple Orlando (Florida)
3. Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center (Colorado)
4. Hawaii Lion Dance Association (Hawaii)
5. Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy (Massachusetts)
6. LQ Lion Dance Team (Washington)
7. Xin Hui Choy Lee Fut (New York/Massachusetts)
8. Wah Lum Malden and Quincy (Massachusetts)
9. J.K. Wong Academy Lion Dance Troupe (Texas)
10. Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy (Massachusetts)
11. Penn Lions (Pennsylvania)
12. Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association (Wisconsin)
13. Po's Panda (Pennsylvania/Florida)

14. TCT Drumline (Texas)
舞龙。(主办单位提供)
美国龙狮总会法律顾问黄瑞瑜为大会开幕做司仪。(周菊子摄)

黄雅亭(前左一)师傅率领的南派武馆是麻州参赛团队之一。(周菊子摄)



每个武术会馆必不可少的旗帜。这是舞狮冠军队伍德州潮州会馆
麒麟龙狮团的旗帜。(周菊子摄)





在表演中双人相叠,几乎已成必不可少的招式。(周菊子摄)



南派武馆的旗帜。(周菊子摄)
华林派太极功夫学校旗帜。(周菊子摄)



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

纽英仑华史协会6/2 邀华人携旧照片分享家族历史






台湾将派历年最大规模代表团访倍投方案图片顿参加2018 BIO


(Boston Orange周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)生物科技创新组织(BIO)将以创造历史为主题,於64日至7日在倍投方案图片顿举行第25BIO国际会议。台湾行政院政委吴政忠也将率历年来最大规模,约250人的台湾代表团出席。
BIO台湾代表团最近在台湾召开了行前记者会,说明这次到倍投方案图片顿在BIO会议中设台湾馆,将有25家厂商,摆30余个摊位,并以台湾擅长的精准医疗、智慧医材做参展主轴,展现台湾研发能量。
台湾馆的参展厂商,主要分医药成果,农业生技,以及医疗产品等三个类别。
医药成果类,有永昕生物医药、台湾浩鼎、台湾微脂体、善笙生技、新颖生医、资元堂生技、竟天生技、昱星生技、康霈生技、台康生技、药华医药、德英生技、健永生技、群泰生技等共14家厂商参展。
农业生技类,有亚果生医、寰宇生技、京冠生技3家厂商代表。
医疗产品类,有华硕展出医疗数据平台、Funique及智慧赋能医疗(Medical AI)展出VR影像医材。
台北市政府将首次与中央政府携手,辅导台湾东洋、彦臣生技、远东生技、茂英基因、唯医生技等5家新创业者来参展。
台湾柜买中心也将首次组团,来倍投方案图片顿办说明会,以吸引国际生技业者到台湾上市。
据悉,吴政忠此行还将拜访默克,默沙东等大公司,以为台湾生物科技产业的国际合作牵线。
BIO会议期间,台湾团除了参展,团队中的财团法人生物技术开发中心(DCB)将与新英格兰玉山科技协会(MJNE)合作,63日在哈佛大学医学院的Joseph B. Martin 会议中心举办「台湾生技商机论坛 (Taiwan Bio Forum) 」,以「医疗保健无国界(Healthcare Innovation Beyond Borders) 」为主题,并针对「数位转型及精准医疗(Digital Transformation & Precision Medicine)」,介绍台湾的数位健康、精准医疗及临床试验能量、合作方式、资本市场以及产业趋势。
65日下午四点,经济部生技医药产业发展推动小组将在倍投方案图片顿会议展览中心内举行台湾馆开幕式。该小组主任吴忠勳,行政院吴政忠政委、驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长徐佑典将依序致词。
66日下午四点半至四点四十五分,在BIO大会的「环球创新枢纽(Global Innovation Hub)」中,生技研究园区创服育成中心助理执行长詹益监将介绍台湾生技研发现况与产业合作机会。
BIO台湾团表示,组团参加BIO是政府构建五加二创新产业的重要国外拓展活动之一。

AG HEALEY LEADS MULTISTATE COALITION OPPOSING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ROLL BACK OF CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE MANDATE

AG HEALEY LEADS MULTISTATE COALITION OPPOSING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ROLL BACK OF CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE MANDATEAmicus Brief Filed in Ninth Circuit in Support of Lawsuit Led by California

????????????BOSTON?– Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief strongly opposing the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

The?amicus brief, filed Tuesday afternoon with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, supports California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia’s lawsuit seeking to stop the federal government from implementing new regulations that authorize most employers with a religious or moral objection to contraception to block their employees, and their employees’ dependents, from receiving health insurance coverage for contraceptive care and services. The federal government appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit after the district court issued a nationwide injunction stopping the rules from being implemented.

“These regulations are a direct attack on women’s health care and their right to access no-cost and reliable birth control from the provider of their choice,” said AG Healey. “My colleagues and I will continue to stand for a woman’s basic right to make decisions about her own health care. Employers cannot take that right away simply because they disagree with contraception.”

Since the ACA was enacted in 2010, most employers who provide health insurance coverage to their employees have been required to include coverage for contraception, at no cost to the employee. As a result of the ACA, more than 55 million women in the United States, including 1.4 million in Massachusetts, have access to a range of FDA-approved methods of birth control, including the longest-acting and most effective, with no out-of-pocket costs.

??????????? In the?brief, the state attorneys general argue that the regulations threaten the health and wellbeing as well as the economic stability of hundreds of thousands of residents by depriving them of contraception coverage. They also contend that this will then force their states to spend millions of dollars to provide their residents with replacement contraceptive care and services.

??????????? “Contraception reduces the risk of unintended pregnancies, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and other negative health consequences,” the attorneys general wrote in the brief. “And by enhancing women’s control over their bodies, contraception gives them the power to choose if and how they pursue educational, employment, and familial opportunities.”
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On the same day the rules were issued in October 2017, AG Healey?filed suitover the roll back of the contraceptive coverage mandate. The Massachusetts case has been appealed to the First Circuit.

In December 2017, California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia secured a nationwide preliminary injunction. The district court ruled that the regulations violated the Administrative Procedure Act. In a separate case, Pennsylvania also successfully obtained a nationwide injunction. Pennsylvania’s case is currently pending in the Third Circuit.

AG Healey successfully?advocated?last year for the passage of the Contraceptive ACCESS law,?An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State. The law requires all state-regulated plans to provide coverage without cost-sharing for all unique forms of FDA-approved contraceptives, allows doctors to prescribe a 12-month supply of contraceptives, and helps eliminate barriers to timely access to emergency contraceptives.

Joining AG Healey in filing this amicus brief are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

This amicus brief was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Jonathan Burke of AG Healey’s Civil Rights Division and Julia Kobick of AG Healey’s Administrative Law Division, with assistance from Jonathan Miller, Chief of AG Healey’s Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, and Legal Analyst Elizabeth Carnes Flynn of AG Healey’s Health Care Division.

波市公校2018高中毕业致词生 五名华裔

Mayor, School Committee Chairperson and Superintendent Honor 36 Valedictorians From the Boston Public Schools Class of 2018
District Celebrates 20th Annual Valedictorians Luncheon
BOSTON — Wednesday, May 30, 2018 —?Thirty-six high school valedictorians from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) were honored yesterday at the 20th Annual BPS Valedictorians Luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto, and BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang recognized the valedictorians for their incredible accomplishments during a ceremony emceed by WGBH television and radio host and commentator Callie Crossley.

"I’m proud of what the class of 2018 says about our city. The 36 scholars sitting before me paint a picture of Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “Some of you were born in our hardworking neighborhoods. Some of your stories started on the other side of the world. No matter where your stories began, you all represent the incredible promise of this city.”

This year’s valedictorians were born in ten different countries. Nearly half of the valedictorians are “home grown” BPS students, or have attended BPS schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Forty-two percent were born outside the US. Another 47% will be the first in their families to attend college.

“This event highlights the rich diversity of our city,” said School Committee Chairperson Loconto. “Whether you grew up with a Boston accent, or are a newcomer who learned English as a second language, you are part of the fabric of this community, and you make us proud.”

The Boston Foundation, Eastern Bank, Shah Family Foundation, and Steward Health Care were the major sponsors of the ceremony. Any proceeds will benefit the City of Boston Scholarship Fund.

“These students have all worked incredibly hard to get to where they are now, with such bright futures ahead of them,” said Superintendent Chang. “I’m more certain than ever that the young people of this city are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.”

Tyler Luong of Boston Arts Academy (BAA) provided this year’s valedictorian’s address.

“Do you want to become a leader after you’ve claimed the top as your own, to know that you’ll be moving forward while others fail and stay behind? Or do you want to lead your peers to the top, make sure that no one gets left behind?” BAA’s top student asked his fellow valedictorians.?“This label that we’ve all worked so hard for shows that we are capable of becoming future leaders of our world. So the next time we’re expected to climb a tree, let’s do it together.”

The BPS Valedictorians Luncheon was first held at the Parkman House in 1999. Its success has enabled the event to grow to a larger venue to include BPS families, staff, and partners from Boston’s higher education, business, and philanthropic communities.

The biographies for the valedictorians of the BPS Class of 2018 follow:

Another Course to College
Christopher Lara of Hyde Park

Christopher is a reflective and focused young man whose humility and down-to-earth nature belie his academic gifts and unshakeable work habits. He is an effective communicator with a curious mind. This fall, Christopher will attend UMass Lowell where he will be the first person in his family to attend college.

Boston Adult Technical Academy
Djine Marlly Alexis of Roslindale

Djine moved to the United States from Haiti just two years ago. She quickly found a new home at BATA, where she has persevered and grown in her academic capabilities and her self-confidence. Djine will attend UMass Boston where she will be the first person in her family to attend college. She plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Boston Arts Academy
Tyler Luong of Dorchester

?Tyler was born and raised in Boston and has spent his entire academic career in the Boston Public Schools. He is a talented pianist whose passion for the arts has served him well as the top student at Boston Arts Academy. Both of Tyler’s sisters are alums of BAA, and his sister Luna was BAA’s valedictorian in 2014. Tyler has earned a Posse Scholarship to Bucknell University.

Boston Community Leadership Academy
Bismary Taveras Rosario of Dorchester

Bismary emigrated from the Dominican Republic just two years before arriving at BCLA. Bismary persevered and has since earned a proficiency level of 5.1 out of 6 on the state English Language Proficiency test. She enjoys tennis, volleyball, and dance, and is an avid reader.?Bismary’s hard work and determination has earned her a full scholarship to Northeastern University.

Boston Day and Evening Academy
Tania Feliz of Dorchester

Tania struggled at her previous high school before finding a home at BDEA, where she graduated last April with a perfect 4.0 GPA! Last year, she participated in an internship at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and will do so again this coming summer. This fall, she will study molecular biology at Bryn Mawr College, where she has earned a Posse Scholarship.

Boston Green Academy
Aleksandr Gritsinin of Dorchester

Alex emigrated from Uzbekistan in 2015 with a minimal understanding of English. After spending a year in UMass Boston’s intensive ESL program, Alex enrolled at Boston Green Academy and has become an integral part of the BGA community. He was a driving force behind the BGA community garden, which ultimately earned him the BIDMC Environmental Champion Student Award. Alex will attend Northeastern University and plans to pursue a career in environmental sustainability.

Boston International High School
Ardit Briskaj of East Boston

Ardit emigrated with his family from Albania 2015. When he’s not doing school work, Ardit enjoys learning Romanian and reading facts about other countries. He plans to pursue a career in computer science because he believes that technology helps him better understand the world around him. Ardit is headed to UMass Lowell, where he will be the first person in his family to attend college.

Boston Latin Academy
Ambria Coakley of Roslindale

Ambria Coakley is not only an impressive scholar, but a truly exemplary student leader within the BLA community. Ambria has a passion for sciences, which was reinforced through courses like AP biology, and through her internship experience through Project Success at Harvard Medical School. She aspires to become a doctor and supply medical care to those who need it most, perhaps through Doctors Without Borders. Ambria is elated to be attending Spelman College in the fall, where she will study pre-med.

Boston Latin School
Jonathan Yuan of Fenway-Kenmore

Jonathan is an A+ student who has challenged himself with an overload of AP courses, excelling in all of them. He has a passion for the classics, and competes in classical competitions that test his knowledge of Latin and mythology. Jonathan is also a dedicated musician who plays both the tuba and the piano. This talented young man will continue his studies at Harvard University.

Brighton High School
Lea Barros of the South End

Originally from Cape Verde, Lea lives in the South End with her grandmother while her mother resides in Cape Verde working long hours to provide for the family. Lea is a member of the National Honor Society, Debate Team, Robotics Team, and Math Club, and has fulfilled many hours of community service. As a recipient of the Posse Scholarship, Lea will attend Hamilton College where she plans to major in biology and pursue a career in medical research.

Jeremiah E. Burke High School
Mahamud Yusuf of Roxbury

Mahamud was born is Somalia and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was just 7 months old. Mahamud found learning English as a second language extremely difficult, but through hard work, he learned to read, speak, and write English by the second grade. Mahamud plans to major in business management when he attends Bentley University this fall. His long-term goal is to start his own business.

Charlestown High School
Sydney Bussiere of Dorchester

Born and raised in New York, Sydney has earned high honors during her three years at Charlestown High. She is a recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award and has completed courses at Wheelock College through the Noonan Scholars program. Sydney’s teachers describe her as a powerhouse ready to change the world with her passion for social justice. Sydney has earned a full academic scholarship to Bowdoin College in Maine.

Community Academy
Vince Vila of Brighton

Vince is an amazing young man who manages to do well in school, hold down a part-time job, and volunteer with a youth soccer team in his community on the weekends. Vince will be the first in his family to attend college when he continues his studies next fall at Bunker Hill Community College.

Community Academy of Science and Health
Aleida Aldana of East Boston

The child of El Salvadoran immigrants, Aleida has spent her entire academic career in the Boston Public Schools. In addition to her dedication to her studies, she is a committed member of the Build On service learning program, and the One Goal Program. Aleida is a proud recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She will attend UMass Amherst.

Dearborn STEM Academy
Mario Lopes of Dorchester

Mario moved to Boston from Cape Verde in middle school. His teachers describe Mario Lopes as a humble, family oriented young man who is always smiling and helping his classmates. His passions are math, computer science, and soccer.?He will attend UMass Dartmouth this fall.

Dorchester Academy
Brandon Siah of Boston

Brandon has been a shining star at Dorchester Academy. His teachers describe him as a role model who consistently puts forth true spirit of caring and motivation to help others. They also say his smile can light up a room. Brandon is already a student at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, where he is the first person in his family to attend college.

East Boston High School
Ooviya Sathiyamoorthy of East Boston

With a weighted GPA of 5.73, Ooviya still finds time for extracurricular activities. She is president of the National Honor Society, an actress and artist with the Theater Society, a mathlete, and editor for the Art Room Poetry Journal. Ooviya will spend the summer working as a programmer for eResearch Technology in Charlestown before heading to Brown University.

The English High School
Naby Diallo of Jamaica Plain

Naby embodies The English High School’s motto of?Honor, Achievement and Service to Mankind. In a society that too often treats these virtues as unrealistic or somewhat dated, Naby continuously reaffirms that the high standards we place on our students are not only attainable, but should serve as a mere starting point. Naby has made a manful decision to lift up his fellow classmates as part of his journey. Next year, Naby will attend Northeastern University on a full scholarship.

Excel High School
Vy Tran of Dorchester

Driven and unassuming, with a thirst for knowledge, Vy is a self-motivated, confident, and competent young lady. Last year, she led her JROTC Academic JV Squad to a first-place finish in her Boston citywide scholastic competition.?Vy has also earned a full scholarship to Northeastern University, where she plans to study science or medicine.

Fenway High School
Robert Arias Nivar of East Boston

Robert is known as “the Professor” at Fenway High School, where he is a role model and leader. He is a former special education student who has an impeccable work ethic. Robert seeks challenges wherever he can find them – through the Debate League, through summer classes at Harvard, and through his many internships. Robert will continue challenging himself at the College of the Holy Cross.

Greater Egleston Community High School
Kaysia Robert of Dorchester

Raised by a single mother, Kaysia was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension when she was 8 years old. Kaysia was determined not to let her illness slow her down, and she successfully completed high school in just three years. Her ultimate plans are to either become a neonatal nurse practitioner or an elementary school teacher. Her next stop is Bunker Hill Community College.

Henderson K-12 Inclusion School
Kanbe Mao of Roxbury

Raised by his single father, Kanbe has lived his entire life beating expectations. At the Henderson, Kanbe gained a prominent reputation among faculty and students alike where he served as a co-captain of the Debate Team, played intramural sports, was a member of the Travel Writing Club, won a city wide art contest, and served as the president of Strong Men, Strong Leaders, a character building organization for young men of color. Kanbe is the Henderson School's first Posse Scholar, and will attend Centre College in the fall, where he plans to study nursing.

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Erisette Marie Cruz of Brookline

Erisette has been a student at the Horace Mann School since the age of 6. In addition to being gifted academically, she is also a strong leader, excelling in everything she sets out to do. She has been a valued member of the basketball team, student government president, and is always the friendliest person in the room. Erisette will continue her educational journey at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to pursue a degree in special education.

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Carlia Dabel of Dorchester

Carlia is a bright young woman with a passion for science. She has been a part of Crimson Summer Academy for 4 years. While part of the Vertex Science Fair Mentorship Program, her team designed a pair of glasses that would accurately measure the dimensions of someone's face to give them a better fitting pair of glasses. Carlia has earned a full scholarship to Northeastern University, where she plans to study biomedical engineering.

Mary Lyon Pilot High School
Aya El-Hassan of Brighton

Born in Abu-Dhabi, Aya is one of seven children who moved to the US with her family five years ago. Aya has already earned college credits through a dual enrollment program, and has received a full scholarship to Wellesley College. She loves helping people and plans to become a doctor.

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Ardo Ali of Dorchester

Ardo has excelled as a radio and television broadcasting student at the city’s only technical vocational school.?She enjoys visual media production, where she can harness the power of storytelling to bring about social and economic change. Ardo has earned 18 college credits through RoxMapp, a program that ensures that all students have the support, experience, and preparation needed to access a high-demand career and post-secondary pathway. Ardo will attend Bucknell University as a Posse Scholar, where she plans to pursue a degree in international relations and business.

McKinley Preparatory High School
Maryssa Liao of Dorchester

Maryssa is a scholar, an athlete, and an artist. She is an avid runner who has been involved in the Sole Train therapeutic running group. She has also worked with Skanska Construction on the joint mural project between Skanska and the McKinley. This triple threat is headed to Bunker Hill Community College.

McKinley South End Academy
Francesca Salamanca of Roslindale

Francesca, better known as “Frankie” at school, is one of a set of triplets. Who has worked hard to overcome personal struggles to graduate. Francesca has developed self-confidence and has learned to persevere when faced with new and challenging obstacles - skills she has learned in part from her idol, Maya Angelou. Frankie will attend Lasell College as a fashion design major.

Margarita Mu?iz Academy
Amy Ortiz of the South End

Amy is a proud graduate of the Rafael Hernández K-8 School. At Mu?iz Academy, she has been a member of Harvard Crimson Summer Academy, the Yearbook Committee, Student Government, the Peer Leaders program, and the volleyball team. Amy also teaches at the after school program at the Hurley K-8 School. She will be the first person in her family to attend college when she enters Wesleyan University this fall.

New Mission High School
Filomena Da Silva of Roxbury

Filomena moved to the US from Cape Verde at the age of 10. Her family battled language and financial issues, but her dogged determination, wit, and perseverance have allowed her to climb to the top of her class. Next year, she will continue her studies at Dartmouth College. She plans to later study law in order to become an immigration lawyer. She hopes to give a voice to the voiceless.

John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
Uyen Chu of Dorchester

Uyen immigrated to the US with her family from Vietnam in 2008. At the O’Bryant, she serves as the president at her school recycling club while juggling a challenging an array of AP courses. She is also an active member of her Vietnamese community, where she volunteers and translates every weekend at her local food pantry. The first in her family to go to college, she will be attending Tufts University with a full scholarship.

Josiah Quincy Upper School
Judy Lam of South Boston

Judy has balanced her academics at the Quincy’s International Baccalaureate Program and with a boatload of extracurricular activities, including basketball, Art Club, Piano Club, and Robotics Club. Last summer, Judy represented Quincy Upper at the IB Student World Conference in London. In the fall, Judy will attend Northeastern University as a Valedictorian Scholar with a focus on STEM.

Muriel S. Snowden International School at Copley
Kathryn Oliver of Dorchester

Kathryn is an avid rower who has spent the last 4 years participating in Row Boston, a rowing program available to all BPS students. She also took advantage of Snowden’s International Baccalaureate Program, and is slated to receive her IB Diploma this summer. Lucky for us, Kathryn isn’t going far. She has earned a full scholarship to Northeastern University.

TechBoston Academy
Alisha Vernet of Mattapan

Born in Haiti, Alisha came to the US when she was 3 and attended the Chittick for Elementary School. She says she just always knew that working hard will allow her to get very far. At TechBoston, she is involved in student government and athletics and is a known leader throughout the building. Alisha has an amazingly positive attitude and a permanent smile on her face. Alisha will study at Northeastern University.

Urban Science Academy
Steeven Cajuste of Hyde Park

Steeven’s family moved to Boston after the earthquake in Haiti in 2011. He credits his mother’s determination to support his family with giving him the motivation to do well in school. He says he is grateful for the opportunities that he has been given and is mindful of the countless people in Haiti who do not have access to such opportunities. Steeven will continue his journey at Dartmouth College.

West Roxbury Academy
Pamela Shehu of Boston

Originally from Albania, Pamela has excelled in every area of school life. She continuously extends herself to be of assistance to other students, helping classmates with MCAS prep, and serving as an ESL and Math tutor. Pamela will continue her studies this fall, also at Northeastern University.