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MVHS alum Rai Benjamin qualifies for Olympics 400m hurdles and beats his own meet record

MVHS alum Rai Benjamin qualifies for Olympics 400m hurdles and beats his own meet record

Rai Benjamin, a 2015 Mount Vernon High School graduate and Olympic silver medalist, beat his own meet record for the 400m hurdles at the United States Olympic track and field trials on Sunday, June 30, 2024. He ran the hurdles in 46.46 seconds, beating his meet record of 46.83 seconds from the U.S. Olympic trials in 2021. 

Benjamin was a three-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association champion at MVHS. The Mount Vernon native also ran track and field at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Benjamin won the silver medal in his first Olympic Games in 2021 in Tokyo, and now he will try to achieve gold in Paris, with the Olympics beginning on Friday, July 26. While he was able to beat his Olympic trials record, Benjamin gave his race a “C-plus” and will look to improve on his time on the big stage.

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Students smiling for the camera with admin and teachers.

New York State Community Schools Eastern Technical Assistance Center will be hosting a webinar with Mount Vernon High School today, Monday, June 24, 2024, to explore job readiness opportunities such as graphic design, an IRS partnership at the school, Ford technical modules, cyber security and mock trials. View the article on the New York State Community Schools website highlighting the diverse program offerings at MVHS below:  

MVHS celebrates graduating seniors at Senior Awards Convocation

On Monday, June 17, 2024, Mount Vernon High School held its 36th annual Senior Awards Convocation in which members of the graduation class were recognized for their hard work and efforts in high school. Over 70 Students filed onto the stage one by one, as their family and friends clapped in support of their loved ones. Over 60 awards and scholarships were given to students in recognition of all their accomplishments. 

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Eric and Britaney

June brings many great things for students — warm weather, summer break, graduation — and for many students, recognition for their accomplishments. Mount Vernon High School has named Eric Lu its valedictorian and Britaney “British” Sinclair as its salutatorian for the Class of 2024. Over the past four years, both students have shown great dedication to their studies and community.  

View their video interviews here!

Students with Judge Fiore

On June 11, 2024, three Career and Technical Education (CTE) entrepreneurship students from Mount Vernon High School – Isiah Flamer, Jahia Huttson, and Deneisha Morris – kicked off a mental health awareness town hall with Congressman Jamaal Bowman at Westchester Community College along with their teacher Ms. Bernadette Romanelli. 

Students smiling for the camera with admin and teachers.

Faculty, staff, medical personnel and families made their way to the community center at Mount Vernon High School with beaming faces as they proudly watched 10 scholars being recognized for their hard work throughout the Career and Technical Education Department EMS program on Friday June 7, 2024. 

Dr. Pearce enjoying Field Day with students.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, students buzzed from one end of the field to the next, shooting each other with water guns and partaking in playful competitions for the Annual Field Day held by Mount Vernon High School. The event was an opportunity for the student body to connect with their school community through carnival games and activities, food and music.