The Fall Send-off: Class of 2016

CONGRATULATIONS NEW HEIGHTS CLASS OF 2016

Boys

Brian Adams (University of Albany)
Jamar Brown (Wagner College)
Tareq Coburn (Saint Bonaventure) 
Gianni Ford (St. Francis College)
Baron Goodridge (Concordia College)
Issac Grant (Queens College)
Kylan Guerra (University of Philadelphia) 
Brandon Leftwich (Mount St. Mary)
Pedro Marquez (Albertus Magnus College)
Anthony Munson (Tennessee Prep)
Sean New (College of the Holy Cross)
Will Rayman (Colgate University)
Kevin Saylor (Raritan Valley College)
Nyonty Wisseh (Life Prep Academy)

Girls

Micaiah Battle (Mansfield University)
Ellease Billings (Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY))
Amber Bourke (Gettysburg College)
Bryanna Brown (Nyack College)
Diamond Brown (Columbia College)
Mikala Casimir (Wilmington College)
Briana Connor (Univ. of Notre Dame)
Mia Crooms (Coppin State University)
Alisia Machado (Grambling State Univ.)
Jai Moore (Niagara University)
Mikaiya Moore (LIU Post)
Skydajah Patterson (ASA College)
Kelli Yorks (Ithaca College)
Kayla Wilson (Hostos Community College)
Sydney Zambrotta (Univ. of Louisville)

We're Going to CAMP!

Career Assist has launched its first Career Assist Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P).  This program will act as a road map of support for our students as they navigate to and through college. On May 23rd, we are matching up our High School Senior Class of 2016 with over 20 career driven volunteers who are committed to provide career advice and guidance to our students. Our mentors consist of alumni from our College Bound program and members of our staff and Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). 

CAMP focuses on providing support to New Heights student-athletes as they transition from high school to college, navigate the challenges of college and eventually enter into a career. The program will provide workshops on strengthening professional development skills and expose our alums to a variety of career paths. We hope to meet educational goals, including college graduation, and ensure that our alums are ready to gain employment after graduation.

Student- Athletes of the Month

Amaya Lewis
IS 61-William A Morris
7th Grade

Amaya has excelled in the classroom this year, she is currently on the Principal's List, maintaining a 95 GPA. Amaya regularly attends New Heights academic programming and continues to work hard to excel in the classroom.

Amaya has also been a vital part on her middle school girls team, playing valuable minutes as the leader of the team as a 7th grader.  Possessed with good guard skills and court sense, she has helped the team to a tremendous winter season. At New Heights, she plays on the talented 7th grade team. She is a consistent presence at all evening and weekend practices, and continues to work hard to compete at the highest level. New Heights coaches hope she continues her strong effort and consistent play throughout the spring and summer months ultimately preparing her for another middle school season.

Amaya has demonstrated an understanding for being a true student-athlete.  She has excelled this year both on the court and in the classroom and NH coaches look for more steady improvement.


Sydney Wilson
St Raymond’s High School
11th Grade

Sydney has been a model student-athlete since joining New Heights his sophomore year. His effort and commitment to academics have been consistent over the first and second marking period, leading to a 91 average. For his efforts, Sydney has been on the school Honor Roll for both marking periods.

In addition to all of his success in the classroom, Sydney was a vital part of the varsity team at St Rays this season.  Sydney was selected as a first team CHSAA selection as a junior, scoring 15 points per game. Sydney personally had a great year, but with three returning starters and loaded with talent, St Rays had a disappointing season. Sydney has continued his scoring during the AAU Under Armour circuit, 2nd on the team in scoring with 14 pts/game. His slashing ability, defensive tenacity and leadership make him a valuable contributor, subsequently garnering the attention of many college coaches.

Sydney is becoming a true student-athlete, and he’s demonstrating that he can compete at the highest levels academically and athletically.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

New Heights celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking its annual middle school trip, this time to New Jersey. The first stop for the middle school program, coaches and staff was the Newark Museum, which hosted a special day in honor of the late Civil Rights leader. The students toured the museum and participated in a scavenger hunt and other activities. They also watched a short film on King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech and watched a documentary produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center titled, “Selma: Bridge to the Ballot,” which chronicled the fight for voting rights in Selma, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.

Following the museum visit, the group headed to Monmouth University for the Monmouth-Siena men’s game. Monmouth, one of the surprise teams in the country, has a New Heights alum on its roster – Josh James. Josh spoke to the students after the game about his journey to a Div. 1 scholarship, gave them advice on balancing basketball and academics and posed for pictures with them. The exhausted group got back on the Academy coach bus and headed home to NYC after a great day of learning and fun.

Happy Holla-Days from Harlem!

We had a great turnout at our Annual New Heights Holiday Party on Wednesday night, December 16th! Over 200 staff, coaches, student-athletes, and parents gathered at the Dunlevy Milbank Center to celebrate with each other over delicious food, drinks, and desserts. Musical entertainment was provided by DJ Ray (hopefully this will become an ongoing tradition) and Academic Coordinator, Sekou Hamer, announced our "Student-Athletes of the Month," congratulations to Callie O’Brien and Keith Williams.

We also conducted a toy drive to support families in the FACES NY organization, and our families went above and before to provide toys and presents for many deserving families across NYC. We handed out Under Armour New Heights hoodies to middle school students and T-shirts were available for purchase. In the coming months, we are launching an online store where you can purchase more New Heights gear, so stay tuned. 

A big thanks to all who came out to celebrate the holidays as a part of the New Heights family!