Recently, one of Staten Island's very own schools was ranked the fifth top public school nation wide on niche.com and that prestigious school is Staten Island Technical High School.
In the article Staten Island Tech Earns Top Grade in National Ranking (D.Lore, 2016), it mentioned how "It was... ranked among the nation's top high schools for science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM)" and for it's very high college readiness score of 99.6%.
Staten Island Technical High School is one of the eight specialized high schools across New York City. To become admitted into one of these schools an eighth or ninth grader must take the Specialized High School Admissions Test also known as the SHSAT. The student must take this timed multiple choice test and if they have scored well enough, may be chosen by the specialized school of choice. This demanding screening process allows for only the best of the best to attend the specialized high schools such as Staten Island Technical High School which is a major reason why Tech is ranked so highly in the nation.
Staten Island Tech also offers a vast amount of opportunities for a student to be ready for college and life yet still allowing students to enjoy their lives. Advanced placement courses such as literature, physics, chemistry, psychology, calculus, world history, and U.S. history are offered here at Tech which saves thousands of dollars of college tuition since they count as college credits. Besides the astounding academics, Tech also offers a variety of extra curriculars ranging from sports to an abundance of over ninety clubs with all different interests varying from year to year. With several PSAL sports teams, it is clearly shown that Tech does not only surpass standards in academics, but in everything.
The owners of Tom Crimmins Realty, Suzanne and Thomas Crimmins, are huge leaders of the Staten Island community and supporters of the school itself. Besides being a part of the community aspect, Suzanne and Thomas are parents to Tech Alumni, William Crimmins and current student, Ryan Crimmins. Ryan, being the Sophomore Student Body President of the class of 2019, shows his commitment and involvement in Tech by participating in fundraising events, assisting other students with academics, and more.
I, Lisa Lin being a Tech student myself (class of 2019 and current sophomore), it is a marvelous feeling knowing that all of the hard work the staff, faculty, and students as well as my self, are recognized. As a full time student at Staten Island Tech and part time worker here at Tom Crimmins Realty, balancing work and school seemed cumbersome, yet ironically, going to school led to me obtaining a job. Thankfully for the time management skills I have learned from attending Tech, working while being a freshman in high school wasn't too difficult.
Towards the end of freshman year of high school, there was a program named Summer Youth Employment Program or SYEP for short and it was offered here at Tech. It allowed for students 14 to 23 years of age to work internships around the New York City for experience while making money. Through this process I received my current job at Tom Crimmins Realty conveniently located on Manor Road. For six weeks I was to intern here and when it was over, they offered me my current position.
All in all, being a student may be difficult at times but working here at Tom Crimmins Realty and attending school at Staten Island Technical High School has truly taught me time management and has given me a glimpse into the adult world which leaves me looking toward the future.