• Derrell Nelson

    Posted by Thomas Moughan on 7/12/2016

    Derrell Nelson, wilson graduate


    Derrell Nelson

    Wilson Magnet High School Class of 2011

    Le Moyne College Class of 2015

    Playing basketball since he was nine, Rochester-native and Wilson Magnet High School graduate Derrell Nelson has continued to fuel a passion for the sport that led him to travel and study internationally. 

    Derrell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Cardiff University, where he’s the starting shooting guard for the Men’s Basketball team. Cardiff University is one of the 24 Russell Group universities in the UK which is the equivalent of an Ivy League school in the US.  Previously to his studies in the UK, he attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

    After graduation, Derrell plans to try out for several BBL (British Basketball League) teams and playing professional basketball in the United Kingdom but his long term goal is to ultimately give back to his community in Rochester. Derrell has a business plan and has begun to seek sponsorship for the development of a basketball camp program for inner city youth in Rochester. The primary goal of the camp will be to assist players both academically as well as athletically so they may approach their senior year of high school with a full academic/athletic scholarship to a college or university.  Eventually, the goal is for the camp to go nationwide, helping young basketball players across the country realize their potential at a young age while increasing the enrollment of black males in college institutions.

    Derrell currently runs a charity that collects school supplies for youth in Kingston, Jamaica with a local drop-off at Rochester’s School 19. More information and how to contribute >

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  • Elyssia Primus

    Posted by Thomas Moughan on 5/24/2016




    Elyssia Primus


      Elyssia Primus graduated from RCSD’s School of the Arts in 2010 as a dance major. She went on to attend an accelerated 6-year Physical Therapy program at Nazareth College of Rochester. On May 8 2016 Elyssia graduated with a doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. Elyssia was inspired to become a Physical Therapist after taking anatomy class as a dance major at SOTA and by the Physical Therapist who treated dancers backstage during the annual SOTA dance concert. Elyssia’s passion is in the field of research, she would like to pursue a career in prosthetics research in order to help people regain movement and quality of life.

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  • Maggie Kiley

    Posted by Thomas Moughan on 5/5/2015

    Maggie Kiley, SOTA Alumni  

    Maggie Kiley, SOTA class of 1991, has just released her 2nd full-length film, 'Dial a Prayer'. 'Dial a Prayer' is a coming-of-age comedy starring Brittany Snow, William H. Macy, Glenne Headly, and Tom Lipinski. Ms. Kiley is also a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA in theater.
    'I have faith that this little film will find its audience and that I will keep making movies. Because I truly believe that if you tell the truth and work hard, the stories will get told.', says Kiley of her recent work.

    Ms. Kiley’s also has a new thriller currently in post-production named 'Caught' starring Anna Camp, Sam Page and Stefanie Scott. Kiley's first full-length directorial credit is 2013's 'Brightest Star.'

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  • Tatiana Williams

    Posted by Thomas Moughan on 2/26/2015

    Tatiana Williams, Alumni of School of the Arts (SOTA) Class of 2012

    Tatiana Williams
    Tatiana Williams, a junior at Syracuse University, has been selected to be a 2016 Senior Class Marshall. Tatiana is a social work and pre-law major. Her plans upon graduation are to attend law school. 
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  • Adrian Hale

    Posted by Thomas Moughan on 1/12/2015
    Adrian Hale,  Alumni of John Marshall High School Class of 2007
     Adrian Hale, RCSD Alumnist

    Adrian Hale grew up in Rochester, NY on the city's northeast side. The environment that Adrian grew up in was one where families were broken; and people are filled with hopelessness and helplessness. His neighborhood was one that was heavily stricken with crime, poverty, drugs, and violence. However, through faith in God, a strong sense of purpose, and a love for sports Adrian would soon discover that his path would become much different than the lives of the many people who were around him. Through his faith in God he would find the inspiration to see a need to change the massive amounts of suffering to the many around him, here is where he would find his purpose, to help alleviate the pain of others. And his pursuits in athletics would allow him to cultivate the strength, discipline, drive, and motivation to succeed.

    At 18 years old Adrian would graduate from with a regents diploma in 2007 from John Marshall High School, a school in the Rochester City School District. Two weeks later after graduating Adrian would enlist into the United States Marine Corps where he would serve his country for the duration of five years. During Adrian’s enlistment he would deploy twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and also would participate in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific exercise or RIMPAC (which is the worlds largest naval warfare exercise.)            

    Adrian was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in March of 2012. But a continuing passion for service and a sense of duty to our nation lead Adrian to re-enlisting into the Air Force reserve in the summer of 2012. In the world’s greatest Air Force Adrian would serve in the 30th Aerial Port squadron and serve as a member of the commander support staff.

    In the fall of 2012 Adrian would begin his college career as a student at SUNY Monroe Community College. It would not take long before Adrian would apply his same sense of dedication and duty he had for his country to his school. After the devastation of hurricane Sandy on our nation’s northeastern seaboard Adrian would organize with a classmate and lead his class in raising $2,000 dollars in six hours to assist the Red Cross in their relief efforts. Adrian would also become a student leader by being elected by his peers and fellow classmates to become the Speaker of the Senate for the student government association. But Adrian’s dedication to excel didn’t just remain in his service to his fellow students and to his school, but it carried over into the classroom as well. As a student at MCC Adrian maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society as a result of his success in his academics. All of these accomplishments allowed Adrian to be a recipient of the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a student in the State University of New York, The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Then in the spring of 2014 Adrian would graduate from Monroe Community College with distinction and receive an offer of admission from Yale University where he is currently a junior. At Yale Adrian is majoring in Political Science and was just recently selected to be a director's fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Upon graduation Adrian wishes to continue to serve his country as an officer in the Marine Corps reserve as well as pursue a career in politics.

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  • Quinton O. King

    Posted by RCSD on 12/8/2014

    Quinton O. King
    Quinton O. King attended Audubon School #33 and Lincoln Park School #44 as an elementary student. He played football for Pop Warner team, Rochester Rams who practiced in the School #33 field. Athletics played an important part during Quinton’s early development as it taught him important skills such as teamwork, interpersonal skills, leadership and confidence.

    As a 6th grader he transferred to Charlotte Middle School. Throughout his secondary education he was a member of the Charlotte boys’ basketball and football teams. He graduated as a senior in 2007 as a member of the first graduating class since Charlotte was converted from a middle school to a high school.

    Upon high school graduation Quinton attended SUNY Morrisville College where he studied Gaming and Casino Management. As a student Quinton played college level football and completed course work in hotel operations, tourism planning, hospitality sales and marketing. It was during his college years he discovered a love for hospitality and tourism.

    After graduating from college Quinton obtained a job at the Residence Inn Marriott in Greece, New York. He was the recipient of the 2013 Employee of the Year Award. His enthusiastic personality and diligent work ethic landed him the opportunity to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina. After a two part interview he was hired on the spot at the Renaissance Marriott as a Reception Ambassador in the southpark area of the Queen City. The Renaissance Marriott is a luxury hotel committed to excellence in service and world-class hospitality. They take pride in their employees who exemplify the renaissance factor.  

    His supervisor Jessica Brett, a 4 year employee and Long Island native shared that “Quinton is extremely helpful; he is enthusiastic about his job and is an outstanding representative for the Marriott brand”.   

    Congratulations Quinton King; a shining RCSD alumnus!  

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  • Moses Gilbert

    Posted by Teadie Becker on 7/17/2013 9:00:00 AM

    “ I was assisted while a Madison student in many ways by the faculty and staff. For instance, during my junior year my Dad told me he could longer afford to pay for my lunch. Coach Spencer arranged for me to work after school in the school cafeteria and therefore earn my daily lunch. My coach encouraged me to seek an after school job at Gannett Newspapers so I could afford to remain in school during my senior year. Another instance where Madison High School helped my personal growth was when a  counselor treated me like his son when I was sent out of the room for disciplinary reasons.


    The “VILLAGE” raised me. There are many examples that I could recall when I was treated like a human being and not just as a student. Those times when things did not go my way taught me lessons for future perseverance.”

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  • Osvaldo Arroyo

    Posted by RCSD on 7/10/2013
    Wilson Magnet High School had two of the top programs in the country at the time: Science and Technology and School of Academic Excellence. The Science and Technology program gave me the foundation to the successful career path by preparing me with the latest technology at the time being IBM and CAB. I went on to pursue a career in technology.
    Being a product of the district has really helped me relate to my students. I grew up in the same neighborhoods as these students and realize their struggles. I am currently a bilingual teachers’ aide at school number 9. I would not be the person I am today without the education of the Rochester City School District.”
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  • Nekoro Gomes

    Posted by Teadie Becker on 6/19/2013 3:30:00 PM

    My name is Nekoro Gomes and I am a 29-year-old alumni of the Rochester City School District, specifically, Public School 37 in  the 19th Ward, Frank Fowler Dow #52 School, Frederick Douglass Middle School and East High School, where I graduated as part of the National Honor Society, and 11th in my graduating High School Class.

    Today, I am the Community Engagement Manager for City Limits, a New York City-based non-profit that strengthens community engagement on civic, economic, and social justice issues by providing weekly news and information on policies affecting the urban agenda. Many of the issues that I advocate for and promote on a weekly basis, related to educational opportunity, and the importance of civic involvement and engagement, I developed as a student in the Rochester City School District. The thing I appreciated the most as a product of the school system in Rochester was the sense of community and involvement that I had there, not just from my teachers, but my coaches and fellow students as well. Things were not always perfect, to be sure. Many of my male peers in the school system had to grow up too fast, and unfortunately, I've heard of a couple friends who I played soccer with or whose company I enjoyed in high school being lost too soon in life.

    But I am certain that I would not be the man that I am today if I had not been educated in the Rochester City School District, in part because of knowing that the schools that I went to did not have the resources of better-funded districts, and that students from our district did not have the best reputation, I always strove to represent the reputation of Rochester city schools in whatever ways I could, be it on the soccer field, in the classroom, or in extracurricular activities like MasterMinds (a quiz bowl competition). It was important to me to show that an RCSD student was just as smart, capable and passionate as any other. When I enrolled at Northwestern University from East High School, I found that many of the students that I went to college with had never gone to school with students from places like Brazil, Argentina, Bosnia, Yemen, Jamaica, Cambodia, and many other parts of the world that I had always encountered throughout my education in RCSD schools. Today, I try to keep up with some of my old teachers there whenever I can, and recently went to my high school's 10th Anniversary last June. I am very proud to be an RCSD man, and will always hold my time there dear in my heart.
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  • Marcus Beaty

    Posted by RCSD on 6/12/2013

    Marcus Beaty, East High School Graduate Class of 2007

    “Being a black male, statistics say that the chances of me going to a highly ranked college and graduating with dual degrees are slim. I really appreciated the cultural experience of East High School because it really prepared me for my college career.  The transition from a private school to a city school my freshman year was a difficult one and I made up my mind that I had to take responsibility for my learning.  With this knowledge I took responsibility for my own learning and sought out excellence in college and in the workforce.  I challenged and defeated every statistic regarding black males succeeding and continuing onto college. I graduated from Hobart College with a Master’s in Economics and Africana Studies. I seek excellence in what I do. I care about my future and continuing on my road to success”

     Marcus Beaty
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