Spotlight on: Mary Lou DeJesus
Mary Lou DeJesus has attended ICS since she was in Pre-Kindergarten, and next spring she will graduate and depart as part of the class of 2014. During her journey through ICS, Mary Lou has always been highly involved both in and outside of the classroom. Currently, she plays music in the Concert Band, argues difficult topics as a member of the Debate Team, volunteers with the after-school Chess Club, and mentors Kindergarten students as part of the READ Tutors program. Mary Lou was recently inducted into the ICS “Student Hall of Fame” and was honored alongside her fellow classmates on-field at Yankee Stadium!
How has ICS helped you to grow and achieve your goals?
My teachers at ICS have always pushed me to do my best and challenge myself in my classes – right now, for example, I am in an Advanced Math class that will let me take higher-level courses in high school. I want to be a doctor someday, so I know that math and science skills will be extremely important for me.
What is the most important lesson you have learned at ICS?
Both my classes and my after-school activities have emphasized critical thinking. There is more than one way to solve a complex math problem, and there is more than one way to look at an issue in a debate. Being able to carefully analyze things is a skill that will be useful not just in school but in real life, too.
What do you like most about ICS?
I really love being able to volunteer and give back to the community, and service like that is very important at ICS. Everybody is always willing to lend a hand and make a difference for others.