Success Academy scholars are a diverse, talented, passionate group of New Yorkers, with strong ideas, engaging personalities, and fascinating stories to tell. They are silly, serious, thoughtful, smart, and talented — and we are proud to introduce them to you in a new feature, Scholars of New York. Starting on our blog, and in the weeks and months ahead on social media, get to know our wonderful scholars and find out who they are, what they like, whom they look up to, and what their goals are for the future.
Second grade, SA Bergen Beach, Providence College-St. Joseph’s College, Class of 2030
I’m a really busy person. I have at least five hobbies. My favorite is being a dancer. I love dancing because Misty Copeland inspired me. When I first saw her video I learned many new dance moves. Then the moves got even harder in class. My other hobby is singing. Demi Lovato inspired me to sing because one day when I heard her song “Confident,” I loved it. One day I sang a song in my head and named it “Confident.” I wanted to be confident and pass my test. I did pass and got an ice cream party!
Second grade, SA Rosedale, Baruch College, Class of 2030
My mother just had a baby; he’s a boy named Jeremiah. I can’t wait until he grows up. He’s cute right now, but also really bad, and I want to see if he gets better. I live with my mom and my brother. My mom works with disabled people, so she helps them. When I grow up, I want to be a policeman who gives money to people who need it. I want to be a police officer and save the world and protect the city. My mom loves me and protects me. When she gets older, I want to protect her like she protected me.
Fourth grade, SA Cobble Hill, Smith College, Class of 2028, USCF rating: 1431
We first got chosen for the chess team because we showed effort and showed our coach Mr. I. that we could handle these tough players and try to defeat them. I don’t play with anyone at home, but I have different books of different games that grandmasters play, and I can learn from them — how I should play my opening and how I should attack. That’s called initiative, and that’s how you study. My favorite opening as black is the French opening. In white, I play some different openings. Like, I play the Italian game and I play against the French opening. I used to like black more because I knew the openings better. But then I learned that white, well as you know, white moves first. So you get the first choice to put more pressure on black.
First grade, SA Bensonhurst, Quinnipiac University, Class of 2031
My favorite hobby is playing the drums! When you play a drum you have to be on tempo and ready. Sometimes I play drums at the Barclays Center (as a member of the Brooklyn Drum Line). And I play here at the school. You can go fast or slow, but you need to stomp your feet.
Second grade, SA Washington Heights, Northwestern University, Class of 2030
First, I want to be president, then I want to become a singer, and then, when I retire, I’ll be a fashion designer. I want to be the president so I can help the community and I can help the police follow the rules. I want to prove that women can be powerful.