BY BOB HARRIS
Derek Hodge and Sabrina Ariot at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village have been accepted into the CUNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, a seven year program from which they will graduate with a medical doctor degree as general practitioners. It’s a rare occurrence when two students from the same high school are accepted into Sophie Davis, but these two were an exception.
Hodge and Ariot are members of the Leadership Team in MVB, meet regularly to evaluate programs and make policy for their school, received reference letters from their guidance counselor Janelle Lauria and their advisor in the school’s scholar institute Pamela Friend, and were voted by their peers as the boy and girl ‘Most Likely to Succeed.’ They are both also members of the National Honor Society’s ARISTA, are on the Principal’s Honor Roll, are in the MU Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, are active in the student organization, are on the yearbook committee, have taken several college courses, and are involved with the Junior Achievement program, teaching business and economics enrichment classes at local elementary school P.S. 18.
Hodge, who hopes to take up cardiology, has taken English, biology and U.S. history Advanced Placement courses at Queensborough Community College. He is also involved in several organizations at MVB, such as the student government, the Boys Varsity Basketball team, the Track and Field team, and the step team. In addition, he received a Questbridge College Prep Scholarship to, which he’s using in preparation for college.
Ariot, who hopes to take up pediatrics, has taken basic Concepts College Now courses at York College, has taken a Principal of Inherit College now course and SUPA Government/Economics Course at Syracuse University, and has taken Speech Communications and Patient Care Technician courses at QCC.
Ariot was in fourth place in the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship competition, she took the Sophie Davis Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program, and she earned a Certificate of Achievement for Best Personal Statement.