On June 3, New Heights celebrated its 27 graduating seniors at our 5th annual High School Senior Night. The event took place at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square. The event was a wonderful celebration of our graduating student-athletes, which included families, staff and many New Heights supporters who were in attendance. The night was highlighted by senior speaker Maria Backman (University of Michigan, Class of 2018) and guest speaker, NBA player and NCAA champion, Emeka Okafor.
Maria, a member of New Heights since middle school, spoke about the doors that New Heights opened for her and shared some of her memories of the program.
When it was Okafor’s turn to speak, he imparted an inspirational message to the seniors, sharing with them the importance of not forgetting where you come from, never thinking that you’re too good for anything, and always working hard. “There are going to be certain situations in your life that you may think are above you or too hard”, Okafor said. “But you have to remember, I can handle this. Why? Because you’re doing it now, you've done it.” The seniors were thrilled to listen to him and get the opportunity to meet and take pictures with him.
New Heights is so proud of these 27 young men and women. Once again, 100% of our senior class graduated high school, and that is a testament to their hard work and perseverance. Congratulations to the Class of 2014! The future is bright for this special group.