MVB’s Star Senior “Makes It Look Easy”


Urooj Malik


Urooj Malik is a senior at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. The young Bellerose resident is president of the school’s community service group called The Scholars.

As president of The Scholars, Malik helps plan events, coordinate volunteer work and makes sure her fellow scholars keeps their grade up to the expected standards. The Scholars also help students with regents prep in the school library.

In addition to leading The Scholars, Malik is secretary of student government, a member of the yearbook committee, is a member of the tennis team, does costume design for school theater productions and helps teachers with class work during her lunch period. In addition to these extra-curricular activities during the school year, Malik is a mentor for the Summer Bridge program which helps incoming freshman acclimate themselves to the new high school environment, tutors at PS 18 and teaches at PS 33, both in Queens Village.

Her adviser, English teacher Pamela Fried spoke glowingly about the Malik.

“Urooj is someone who has a way of making everything look easy,” Fried said. “When other students are are overwhelmed with Advanced Placement College level classes and other work, she just gets the job done.”

Malik is a student in Van Buren’s Pre-Med program. As part of the program, she has volunteered at the Long Island Jewish Cohen’s Children Hospital doing research with the Chief of Developmental Pediatric. Malik said that her experience at the hospital has helped her become knowledgeable on new research techniques and and given her insight on how a hospital functions on a daily basis.

She hopes to attend St. John’s University to study pharmaceutical sciences.


John Adams HS Sprayed For Bed Bugs

John Adams High School students in Ozone Park could be bringing home bed bugs for the week-long holiday break.
The school sent home a notice on Tuesday that the school was infested with bed bugs. The city’s Department of Education did not respond to questions about how it was discovered or how far reaching the infestation could be.

NBC News reported that students said they knew about the infestation a week before they were sent home with a letter informing their parents.

“We’re committed to providing all students with a clean and comfortable learning environment,” said DOE spokesman Michael Aciman. “An exterminator was sent to the school and this matter is being addressed.”

–Jon Cronin

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