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Kaitlyn Leslie-Smith, named Mount Vernon Youth Poet Laureate Winner

Kaitlyn Leslie-Smith, named Mount Vernon Youth Poet Laureate Winner

Kaitlyn Leslie-Smith, a rising junior at Denzel Washington School of the Arts, was announced the 2024-2025 Mount Vernon Youth Poet Laureate on Thursday, June 27, 2024. 

Kaitlyn is the CEO of her own company, Kaitlyn Cares Designs, hosting a plethora of events for the community such as Boss-Up Through Entrepreneurship and Teens-to-Seniors Breakfast. She is a high-achieving student at DWSA, demonstrating proficiency in acting, singing and the visual arts. However, it is her talent for creating and reciting poetry that has recently garnered attention. 

In 2023, she secured a silver medal in the Performance Poetry category at the Westchester Regional NAACP ACT-SO competition with her poem "A Black Woman Introduced." The following year, she achieved gold for her poem "And We Are Just Girls" and received a bronze in Dramatic Performance. 

These accomplishments have helped paved the way for numerous public speaking and performance opportunities across New York, including engagements at the Westchester Region NAACP-ACT-SO Fundraising Luncheon, Post Chester Juneteenth Celebration, the NAACP-Mount Vernon’s Men Who Make A Difference Gala, the 37th Annual Black Scholars Recognition Reception, The Robert S. Brown & M. Paul Redd Freedom Fund Luncheon and more.

Kaitlyn's commitment to compassion and leadership is evident in both her entrepreneurial endeavors and her poetic expression. With the support of her family, she continues to make a difference in her community, spreading kindness and inspiring others to do the same.

Left to right : 5th Runner Up - Ellie deGrandpre, 3rd Runner Up - Tianna Hughes, Reigning Mount Vernon Youth Poet Laureate - Kaitlyn Leslie, 4th Runner Up- D'Jonney Gordon, 1st Runner Up - Cheyanne Swain All of the runner ups from the competition will serve as Mount Vernon Poetry Ambassadors and serve as the Laureate's cabinet.


Picture of Dr. Thomas with maroon on sides.

Dr. Albert “George” Thomas, M.D., M.S., graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He studied medicine at ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and became an obstetrician and gynecologist following his education.  

Mr. Jose Formoso

The Mount Vernon City School District named Jose Formoso as its new Assistant Superintendent for Business during the Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday July 9, 2024. Mr. Formoso brings over a decade of experience in finances to this role, having earned a Bachelor of Science in business economics from SUNY Oneonta in 2003. In 2009, Mr. Formoso received a Master of Business Administration in financial management from Pace University. 

Students holding stuffed animals

The pre-kindergarten students were buzzing with creativity and excitement, showing off their new stuffed friends to staff and classmates. These children were given the chance to assemble their own personalized stuffed animals by hand during yesterday’s summer camp session on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

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Greetings MVCSD Community, 

As we conclude this school year, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride for all that we have accomplished together.

I want to commend our hard-working students, faculty, staff, families, and administrators on a wonderful and successful school year. Our teachers, who are the backbone of this District and essential to our children’s education, are role models for our children and exercise courage, passion, patience, and love daily. Our teachers played a pivotal role in the success of the 2023 -24 school year.