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Mount Vernon Knights basketball ring ceremony

Basketball players gathered in anticipation in the gymnasium. Some shot around and threw down dunks. The 12-time champion Mount Vernon High School Knights had to wait to get their rings, but they received them on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Mount Vernon defeated Green Tech in the Class AA championship game on March 19, 2022, to cap off an undefeated season, and today they held a ring ceremony where they received rings and jackets to commemorate their championship. 

Superintendent Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy and Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard were in attendance to congratulate the young men on their accomplishments. Dr. Bennett-Conroy gave special praise to Robert Cimmino, the athletic director and head coach of the varsity basketball team. 

“Coach Cimmino and you boys worked so hard,” said Dr. Bennett-Conroy. “Congratulations and enjoy this. I know you will make us all proud again”  

The basketball team was presented with custom-embroidered jackets and engraved rings with players’ names and nicknames. Players donned their new gear right away, and they used the ring ceremony to celebrate one more time. 

Player holding up his ring.
Mom and 2 sons at small and tall ball in the fall

Pre-kindergarten students were dressed to impress at Friendship for Tots, and their parents came out in suits and gowns as well. The Small and Tall Ball in the Fall took place on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The D.J. had his mix playing from the start of the ball to the end, and the dance floor was always packed with little children and their parents. 

Mr. Ramirez helping a student

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy and cabinet members Dr. Beverley Jones and Ms. Marci Tiggs to review academic progress and share their learning and reading experiences this past month. The group of scholars from multiple schools and grade levels also attended an Infinite Campus workshop at the Education Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 

Knights Boutique staff poses for picture.

The Knights Boutique has officially opened for its first full year after opening last May. Students and staff have been working hard to make adjustments to make this boutique even more successful.  
An empty classroom and a vision are all it took a couple of students and staff to create the Knights Boutique. The Knights Boutique is a 100 percent volunteer run store that allows students at Mount Vernon High School to “shop” for free clothes, school supplies, toiletries and more.


This evening, the Board of Education appointed Cerini & Associates, LLP to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of the School District’s grant program. Cerini & Associates is a regional accounting firm based on Long Island. It counts internal and external auditing as well as forensic accounting among its many capabilities.

Halloween trick or treating

Spooky outfits and masks couldn’t hide the smiles of children as they celebrated the Fall spirit in Mount Vernon schools. Students across the Mount Vernon City School District came to school in costume for various celebrations across the district and were rewarded with buckets full of candy.