Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kelly Sosayaz - Operations Specialist - Post Secondary Success

I so enjoy when students stop by to indicate where they are now in their lives. Operations specialist Kelly Sosayaz.

Here's her story:

Kelly Sosayaz
McKee Class of 2014
Operations Specialist – U. S. Navy

I used to spend all of my time in Mr. Gordon’s class. He was the one that would help me out with finding a successful way out of high school. He would make me stay for HAI so that I wouldn’t be in the streets doing inappropriate activities.

I wanted to become independent. I joined the Navy. You can make your own decisions and not have to depend on anyone else. The Navy provides a career that I can follow. The learning that I received from McKee High School provided hands on training and that is useful as the Navy provides hands on training.

My ability to follow orders is making me successful in the Navy. I study and dedicate my time to school so that I can graduate. I want to make the Navy my career. In fact, I plan to earn my Masters, for free, through the Navy. Right now I have 15 college credits that I earned from participating in Basic Training and School.

My advice to seniors: “don’t mess up.”  Listen to the advice people have to give you. Find something that you want to follow as a career and go for it.  Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing what you want to accomplish. The worse thing in life is to waste your talent.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Antrico Forbes - Post Secondary College story at SUNY Cortland

Antrico Forbes, McKee Class of 2011, will graduate from SUNY Cortland on May 2015. Antrico stopped by McKee High School. I corralled him to share his post secondary story: 
College: SUNY Cortland
Geographic Information Systems Major
Graduation Date – May 2015

Swimming is the habit that I developed in high school. It’s the reason why I got into SUNY Cortland. My grades were not always the best. Lord knows I was in Ms. Henry’s office –often. The grades part is just as important as sports. Swimming got me in the door for college. I was undecided my freshman year at SUNY Cortland. I took architecture at McKee. I could not draw manually. I always had an ability to know how to apply computer applications. Learning Auto CAD was useful. Using that application is coming back as at SUNY Cortland, we are making 3-d Google Earth models of the campus. We are also using Google Sketch Up. It is an online drawing application to make houses. Consider it architectural modeling.
A high school diploma is not enough. You need a bachelor’s to get a foot in the door for many places. I will be starting my job search January 2015 and I have a significant head start due to the internships and connections I have made.
I decided to go away to college because many older people said that it would be the best four years of my life. I think going away was crucial. I also joined a fraternity, Theta Chi. I, of all people, am part of the Greek system. The amount of connections one will have later on down the line is instrumental. I have matured a lot. Mom and Dad are four hours away. I can truly say I found myself at college. Your room mate is not going to wake you up for classes.
This past summer, I interned for the city of Cortland. I digitized their complete water and sanitary systems. The town’s mayor was my mentor. The internship I now have is with SUNY Cortland. There were only four positions available. 40 students applied. I landed one of the four positions. Once again, making a proper impression and connections, plus knowing information technology was and is crucial. One thing leads to another. When I finished and presented the project for the town of Cortland, I was spotted for another internship for the town of Virgil.
I look forward to May 2015.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DANA Ford of Staten Island Drive-A-Thon Contribution to McKee

Two snaps up to DANA Ford Corporation of Staten Island. They presented a check from the funds raised from the DRIVE-A-Thon to David Sarno, auto instructor at McKee High School.

Any principal will tell you that when a company decides that they are committed to helping a school throughout the year, it puts a skip in one's step and a leap in one's heart. We offer our heartfelt gratitude, a letter expressing our thanks, and of course, a plaque. 

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