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Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams gives presentation about character to students in multiple schools throughout Mount Vernon

Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams gives presentation about character to students in multiple schools throughout Mount Vernon

Students from Mount Vernon High School, Denzel Washington School of the Arts, STEAM Academy, Rebecca Turner Academy, Mount Vernon Leadership Academy, and Grimes school gathered with anticipation for an assembly about their character from Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams and other special guests on Thursday, February 29, 2024.  

“My program is called Playmakers and the tagline is ‘character is your currency’,”  said ‘Hip Hop Gamer’. “The concept around that is who you are is the value, not the pair of Jordans you have on. I wanted to break that stereotype so everybody can love one another and that is where your value and currency lies.” 

The assembly started off with AndreaThomas, Principal of DWSA, addressing the audience and introducing DJ Sparkx. DJ Sparkx played some hits to get the audience eager and excited for the presentation. He then proceeded to introduce ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ to the stage.  

Once ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ came to the stage, he invited two students to play a one-on-one game of NBA 2K to teach the audience a lesson about character development. The winner of the game was awarded $200 and had the opportunity to split the money with the student who played against him. Although many in the audience told the winning student to not share, he did anyway. Since he decided to share his winnings, the student was now rewarded with $400 because of his kindness and generosity.  

After teaching the students a lesson about character and kindness, he invited Matt Arden, Vice President of Content and Media for the NBA 2K League to the stage. Students asked questions about creating content, making connections in the industry, and building confidence in themselves.  

“With this particular program, we teach a lot of the kids that you can be the smartest in the room, but if you have a bad attitude and you don’t know how to represent yourself and respect others, you’re not going to make it far,” said ‘Hip Hop Gamer’. “Make sure you put your character, your love, and your respect first, and everything else will come and you’ll find your victory that way.” 

Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams on stage with microphone.
Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams greeting students on stage.
Students playing NBA 2K on stage.
Gerard ‘Hip Hop Gamer’ Williams with Matt Arden
Student asking Matt Arden a question.
Danielle Browne

Danielle R. Browne, Esq., founding attorney of the Browne Firm PLLC and city councilperson for the City of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2006. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, she has started her own law firm and made her impact on her hometown as a city councilperson.

Dr. Smith receiving proclamation.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith received a proclamation from New York State Senator Jamal Bailey, recognizing her for her exemplary service to the community and the State of New York for Women’s History Month on Friday, April 5, 2024. Nakia Hiland, director of Safe Place for Our Girls, from the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Unique Groom, community liaison for Jamal Bailey presented the proclamation to Dr. Smith.  

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Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

Greetings MVCSD Community,

At approximately 10:23 a.m., there was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey. The aftershocks were felt throughout the Tri-State area. Several of our school buildings felt the tremors, which lasted for less than 30 seconds.

There have been no reports of staff or student injuries due to this incident. As a precaution, we will have indoor activities for our students for the remainder of the day. We will keep you updated on any developments on this matter if necessary.

Students strapping instructor onto board

Mount Vernon City School District students, equipped with medical supplies, administered care to mannequins during their emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department added a new EMT program earlier in the school year, and classes began in December. 

Dr. Waterman Superintendent for a Day

A new, but familiar, face occupied the Mount Vernon City School District superintendent’s desk on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Dr. Crystal Waterman, Edward Williams School principal, served as the superintendent for the day to begin Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith’s “Superintendent for a Day,” series. Dr. Smith served as the principal at Edward Williams.