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Mount Vernon STEAM Academy senior continues to excel academically

Mount Vernon STEAM Academy senior continues to excel academically

Margaret Djamongue, a senior at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, has been excelling academically since her freshman year and has continuously made principal honor roll. Currently, Margaret is a part of the Smart Scholar program, a program through Mercy University that allows students to earn college credits while in high school. 

 She is taking four Advanced Placement (AP) classes, including AP Calculus AB, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Biology. Prior to senior year, Margaret took AP U.S. History, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, and pre-calculus. Last year, Margaret received the AP Scholar Award, which recognizes students who performed exemplarily during their exams. 

“I really worked hard on getting good grades on all my AP tests, which is really hard,” said Margret.  

Margaret is a part of the student senate, where she helps plan and execute events for the class of 2024, including senior prom. She is also a member of the girls’ varsity soccer team and net club, where students play either volleyball or badminton after school.  

Margaret is a member of the No Place for Hate committee, where she meets with other peers to discuss how to create a better environment for students and staff. She is also in the Great Potential Program, a partnership with SUNY Purchase that prepares students for applying to college by giving advice on applications and helping students set up tours.  

Outside of school, Margaret is a writer for the Sunday Diplomat, an online news outlet for keeping up to date with the latest political news, brought by a new generation of writers and editors. She also writes pen pal letters to unaccompanied minors to provide hope and comfort to them through a program called Dreams United Ministries.  

After graduation, Margaret hopes to go to college and eventually become a physician's assistant. She has applied to various colleges as a biology major, including SUNY Binghamton, Iona University, University of Buffalo and University of Connecticut. She has received academic scholarships from several schools, including the University of Connecticut and Iona University. Her top choice is John Hopkins University. 

Margaret Djamongue's senior portrait.

Margaret Djamongue, a senior at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, has been excelling academically since her freshman year and has continuously made principal honor roll. Currently, Margaret is a part of the Smart Scholar program, a program through Mercy University that allows students to earn college credits while in high school. 

Students looking at resources from a college.

College seals and colors lined the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy gymnasium, as the school hosted its spring college fair on Friday, March 22, 2024. Students spoke to representatives from approximately 40 colleges, universities, trade schools and United State Military branches. 

Iniesta holding the Section One basketball plaque

Iniesta Williams is a student-athlete at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy who has an outstanding academic track-record and was a captain of the soccer team. Iniesta is a member of the District's first cohort of Smart Scholars, an early college high school program that allows students to receive college credit.  

Group shot of teachers and administrators.

Neon lights lit up the computers in the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy esports arena, as a ribbon hung between two gaming chairs for the esports program's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 18, 2023.