Yonkers Valedictorians, Salutatorians – Class of 2022: Yonkers Montessori Academy

YMA Valedictorian Allesandro Cocking
YMA Salutatorian Dotun Obasa

By Dan Murphy

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians who have worked so hard to get to this point of success. Yonkers Rising and YonkersTimes.com are proud to once again feature each of Val and Sal from every high school in Yonkers.

We start with YMA, Yonkers Montessori Academy, and Valedictorian Allesandro Cocking, and Salutatorian Dotun Obasa. Allesandro will graduate with a grade point average of 100.69. His favorite professors at YMA are professor of calculus Richard Harman, professor of government economics Brian Coyle, and professor of United States history Michael Devlin.

Allesandro’s favorite subjects are mathematics and history. “Mr. Harman makes Calculus great fun. He took us to Puerto Rico (senior YMA trip). I don’t know how he does it, but he makes it interesting and has a way of involving everyone. And I I’ve always been interested in history, especially the history of the United States in the 20th century.

Allesandro has taken 11 university courses and is captain of the YMA soccer team. He also works for the Eastchester Emergency Medical Service as a first responder. “A friend of mine lives in Eastchester and started working for their EMS. I started as a volunteer and now I work on the ambulance.
Cocking applied and was accepted to Baruch College, Iona College, Fordham University, Manhattan College, and Pace University. He decided to attend Baruch College, as a recipient of the Macaulay Honors scholarship. “It’s a great college and it’s the best financial decision for me. I will not pay with the scholarship.

Allesandro wants to graduate from college with a major in finance, then hopes to become a Yonkers firefighter. “A family friend of mine is a firefighter and I know I would be miserable sitting behind a desk.”

Allesandro said, “I had a lot of good influences”, which helped him to succeed in his studies. My parents and my family helped and pushed me. And my teachers and my friends supported me. I’m a pretty good test taker,”

Any advice for a future Val-Sal? “It’s important to be kind to others, to get along well with your teachers and to be part of the school community. It helps you do more. I loved my stay at YMA. I had thought about leaving and going to private school but I’m glad I stayed here. It’s a tight-knit community. »

YMA Salutatorian Dotun Obasa will graduate with a 99 GPA. Her favorite subject is math and her favorite teacher is Ms. Morgunova, pre-calculus. The way she teaches pre-calculus and math makes it very interesting. When I ask her a question, she explains it in a way that I understand. She has an interesting perspective on math and how it can be used in life.

Dotun has completed 12 college liaison courses and served as an altar person at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Yonkers.

Obasa has applied to four colleges and will attend Pace University in Dobbs Ferry in the fall. “My sister went to Pace and she did well. It’s a good choice for me to attend.

Dotun plans to study computer science at Pace. “I love to play, make games, apps and websites and hope to learn more. I have some coding experience and want to do more.

Both Val and Sal are comfortable staying home and neither of them wanted to go off to college. But the two had different feelings about learning from home during COVID.

“I hated remote learning,” Allesandro said. “When the hybrid option came back I couldn’t wait. I struggled to learn at home. I’m a hands-on learner and it’s easier for me to see the teacher and watch my classmates from class interact. I think we were all more shy at home remotely. There were fewer questions asked.

Dotun said, “Honestly, I felt more comfortable at home and was in my comfort zone. I was absorbing the same amount of information and got used to it quickly” Both had laptops to learn from, no problem during COVID.

Obasa said of YMA, “I have been at this school all my student life. I know the design and layout of each classroom. One of my siblings went elsewhere, but I’m glad I stayed at YMA.

Dotun’s teachers and family helped him achieve academic greatness. “They pushed me and helped me and were always there when I had a question. I had a perseverance that helped me with my grades. I can’t say there is any method other than focusing about progress and ask a question if you don’t understand.

“If I could leave behind one future piece of advice for students, it would be to start planning for college as soon as possible. You don’t have to choose a major right away.

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