Carey's Seniors of the Month for May


H. Frank Carey High School’s female Senior of the Month for May is Kiera Grassi. Grassi is well known in the community for her involvement and her dedication to helping others. She has shown her leadership skills as president of Voices Unheard, co-founder and co- president of Habitat for Humanity, historian of Pirettes, student representative for the Carey Dads Club and a valuable member of the Spanish Leadership Club, the Clipper, and the National, Art, English, and Foreign Language Honor Societies. Outside of school, Grassi has earned her Girl Scouts Gold Award, fundraised for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and co-authored a historical book entitled Images of America: Franklin Square! She tutors younger students and is employed by the Franklin Square Bulletin as a photographer. In the fall she will be attending Adelphi and studying to become a nurse.

H. Frank Carey High School’s male Senior of the Month for May is Julian Valencia. He is a standout student and photographer who is also involved in the community. One of his photographic pieces is on display at Gallery@77 at the Sewanhaka Central Offices. His photo work has been featured in the Clipper and Senator Kemp Hannon honored him for his entry in the “Best in Town” contest. He is vice president of the school photography club and a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society, the Leadership Gym Program and the Varsity Soccer Team. He has also contributed to humanitarian services. He ran a pocket-change drive in school for a hunger relief program. He volunteers at a children’s program in the summer as well at the Polk Street after-school program.

This summer, he will aid in a Hurricane Sandy Relief program in New Jersey. Valencia is active in his church and plays the guitar during mass. In the fall he will be attending the New York City College of Technology, where he will study computer science.