Hillcrest High School Happenings


Elmer Gomez, a resident of Jamaica, is the president of the Student Organization of Hillcrest High School. He is in the Pre-Med Small Learning Community of the school.

As the S.O. president, he helps plan activities for the Class of 2019, makes morning announcements for the school, is involved in such activities as the annual Blood Drive, Breast Cancer Walk, March of Dimes money raising, the parent-teachers conferences, the high school fairs, the Teens-On Point Club, which mentors younger students, the art club, and the food pantry, which also gives out clothing and toys.

He spends much time helping Ms. Recinos who heads the Student Organization, Ms. Tellez who is adviser to the yearbook and Mr. Rachid who is the coordinator of student activities and ARISTA advisor.

As a school leader he is on the School Leadership Team, which consists of students, parents and school officials who meet monthly to evaluate the academic progress of the school and to propose any needed changes in the school and attends meetings of the Queens Borough Advisory Council where representatives of all the Queens high schools meet with the Queens high school superintendent to discuss issues of mutual concern and exchange ideas. He will also be attending CSAC meetings which are with selected city high school student leaders and the Chancellor.

Academically, Gomez has been on the Honor Roll for four years, has taken Advanced Placement classes in English and literature and has taken College Now classes in medical anthropology and Caribbean history.

He is thinking of  attending Vaughn College to earn an Aeronautic Engineering Degree and becoming a commercial pilot or joining the U.S. Air Force to become a pilot that way.

Senior Sharmila Basdeo is a member of the Teachers of Tomorrow Small Learning Community. One of their activities is to be a teacher assistant student and teach freshman Living Environment material. They also  work with the Junior Achievement organization to prepare lesson plans about finance and then teach the material to students in local elementary schools such as PS 86 and PS 117. She also joined the NYU Mentoring Program, where she won the mentor-mentee  $1,000 Scholarship and met the chancellor.

As member of the Leadership Class Sharmila Basdeo participates in many community activities such as blood drives, raising money for the March of Dimes and doing Trick of Treat for UNICEF. They recently participated in Respect Week when every day had a different activity to uplift people. They practiced respect by holding a door for someone, putting away their phone and headphones when someone is speaking to them, helping people whenever they can, and show respect to people even if they come at you disrespectfully.  They learn that we are all human and can have a bad day.

Outside of Hillcrest, she is a member of the East Indian Music Academy, where she takes vocal and harmony training, belongs to SAYA or the South Asian Youth Action, which builds leadership, teaches teamwork and does college prep, and also belongs to Bottom Line, which does one-on-one mentoring through the college application process.

Academically she is in ARISTA, has taken College Now classes in psychology, critical thinking, and Caribbean history plus an Advanced Placement Hillcrest college-level world history class. Her plans are to become a teacher because she feels that “A difference can be made if you start to educate the younger generation.”


The Hillcrest High School 2018-2019 girls varsity basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 16-9 (9-7 league) making it to the second round of the playoffs. Coach of the Lady Hawks Ms. Ziozis, who is assistant principal-organization/facilities manager, stated “This team is one of the most cohesive teams I have ever coached. The players are unselfish on the court and off the court and they look out for each other. We are truly a family. The success of our team stemmed form the leadership of Captain Hannah Ramos and the exceptional performances by seniors Sienne Tejera, Claudeline Fleurival and junior Alicia Gumbs.”

The boys varsity basketball team was in the playoffs and won its Division Championship said Coach Hector Nunez. The team was the number eight-seed in the city. Coach Nunez praised senior Bobby Thomas (whom he coached for four years), senior Obane Montique as being a great leader and the “motor of the team,” and junior Banbou Toure, who did well on the team and academically. The team was 18-4 overall and 13-1 in the Division this year. 

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