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Monument High Awards Internship Pins
By Rick Winterson

     Twenty-eight student interns from Monument High School received pins in recognition of the successful completion of their programs with 11 public service agencies in the Boston area.

     The Monument High section of the South Boston Educational Complex held a pinning ceremony last Thursday, which honored 28 young student interns.  These interns had enrolled in hands-on, after-school working programs sponsored by 11 agencies and departments.  The ceremony recognized the students’ efforts in completing the programs.  It was held at Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Plaza, on Thursday, June 8.

     Monument High School Headmaster Jonathan Pizzi made the opening remarks, and introduced the keynote speaker – Boston Police Department Supt. Paul Joyce.  Joyce briefly discussed various policing programs from the past, and then talked about the concept of community policing.  This involves working jointly with agencies around Boston and Boston residents.  He gave some figures to show how well community policing works.  He told the interns that “young people – you – are the future of the City”.  He closed by telling the interns that he was proud of them.

     Jonathan Sproul, who is the Internship Director at Monument, then introduced each group of interns.  They presented tokens of appreciation to the agencies that sponsored internships.  In turn, the interns received their intern pins from the agencies.  It was a warm, upbeat ceremony.

     The Monument High Students recognized were:

     Captains (2) -Telisha Gilliard, Ashley Lewis.

     Lieutenants (5) –Tori Davis, Awara Osman, Awat Osman, Amina Owens, Hakim Rice.

     Sergeants (8) –Danny Fernandez, Amanda Hager, Amanda Hines, Patrice Moore, Selenny Sanchez, Carmen Torres, Johan Valerio, Sean Walters.

     Corporals (13) –Kiya Benders, Anissa Carter, Melissa Carter, Arslan Dahli, Lynn Harris, Brian King, Mike King, Brittney McLaughlin, L’ashunda McQueen, Victoria Phillips, Charlondra Pressey, Darius Smith, Brenda Stephenson.

     The 11 participating agencies included:

Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS, Condon Community Center, BU Office of Public Safety, Dorchester District Court, Suffolk County Superior Court, Emerson College Public Safety, Boston Park Rangers, Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse, NEU College of Criminal Justice.

     Starting from just nine students in 2003, the Monument High School intern program has grown to the present level of 28.  Monument High partnered with Nextel Communications (the corporate sponsor), the Police Activities League, and the agencies listed above, who created the internship positions.  Nextel has provided over $100,000 in corporate funding to support the program.  Timothy Enright, a Nextel V.P., says, “Nextel is proud to be a corporate sponsor … we are pleased to help out the next generation of public safety professionals …”

     The Monument High School Public Safety Internship Program has become a nationwide model for urban students to develop career interests.

    Thursday’s pinning ceremony was a great celebration.  The students deserved the recognition, because they had worked hard and had earned the respect of the agencies where they interned.  A buffet lunch was served afterwards.

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The Monument High Internship Pinning Ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters on Thursday, June 8.

BPD Supt. Paul Joyce (keynote speaker), Headmaster Jonathan Pizzi, and Internship Dir. Jonathan Sproul.

The park department interns present a token of appreciation to the Boston Park Rangers.