President Fernández, Five Students Honored at Bronx Dominican Day Parade

July 29, 2014 4:20 pm Students

President Ricardo R. Fernández and five Lehman students were honored at the 25th Annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade on July 27. Carolyn Almedia, Manuel Emiliano, Kevin Paulino, David Tavarez, and Eliza Torres each received a scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.

A senior in the anthropology/biology/chemistry interdisciplinary major, Carolyn Almedia is a transfer student from Iona College. When she is not working toward her degree she is working with her church, helping people who are homebound. Her plans for the future include earning a Ph.D. in anthropology, so that she may teach on the university level.

First-year freshman Manuel Emiliano plans to major in computer science. Outside of the classroom Emiliano has been very active as a member of the Lehman Leaders Involved for Everyone (LIFE) group. During spring break, he and fellow scholarship recipients David Tavares and Eliza Torres traveled to El Progreso, Honduras, to help build a library and homes for homeless children.

Kevin Paulino knows just how important it is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It’s why he is pursuing a degree in dietetics, foods, and nutrition. To supplement his class work, he volunteers at soup kitchens with his church. Paulino, who earned his associate’s degree from New York City College of Technology, looks forward to a career as a registered dietician.

Senior David Tavarez is excited for his last year at Lehman. In the spring he will graduate with a degree in business administration and then continue on to graduate school. He, too, is an active member of the Lehman (LIFE) group—in addition to traveling to Honduras earlier this year, his community service with the group has taken him to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he volunteered at a center for the elderly and helped transform a closed school into a community center. He says his ultimate goal is to open a community center in the Bronx.

Eliza Torres is a junior majoring in social work. Upon earning her degree, she plans on pursuing a master’s degree in the field. She believes that she can have a great impact on her community through the social work field.

The group joined 102 other assemblies and over 40 floats as they made their way up the Grand Concourse, between 167th St. and Tremont Ave. The parade marked the end of a weeklong series of events celebrating Dominican culture.