Our alumni are a testimony to the work that we do on a day to day basis in classrooms. While their scholastic achievement is evident from their high school performance and college acceptance rate, their interpersonal growth and dedication to the mission is highly evident and is truly outstanding.
Featured Alum – Amaurys Grullon
Amaurys Grullon graduated from SIS in 2006 where he was widely known among faculty and students as the artist in the building. He went on to attend Cardinal Hayes High School and later received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts, where he constructed the concepts for future artistic endeavors.
Be it doodles in his notepad or drawings for class projects, Amaurys’ artistic capability was present even at an early age. It comes as no surprise that years later he is now the Founder of Bronx Native, a collective that “intends to highlight the Bronx through apparel, art and media.” A self-proclaimed and self-motivated entrepreneur, Amaurys takes great pride in being a native of the Bronx and through his art hopes to shed light on the culturally rich communities in the Bronx. Above all, he wants people to see the Bronx for what it truly is: a community full of beautiful people, culture, and history. He is literally and figuratively wearing the Bronx on his sleeves.
Over the summer, Amaurys’ Bronx Native was featured in a New York Times article highlighting artists, designers and entrepreneurs based out of the South Bronx. His commitment to the Bronx does not stop with Bronx Native but continues through his work with Hunts Point Habla – “a community-based project run by young leaders listening to residents on improving quality of life in their community.” Amaurys’ service to his community is nothing short of admirable and he serves as a role model for future SIS students to come.
Amaurys had the following words of advice on his recent visit to his alma mater:
“The more work, the more hours, the more passion you put into something, the more you will get in return. If you have something you love, if you have dreams and goals, then put in the work and make it happen. Strive, put in the effort and make it happen!”
Featured Alum – Hector Rodriguez
Hector Rodriguez graduated from Nativity Mission Center in 1984. He went on to Xavier High School in New York City and attended Fordham University, where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is currently an NYPD officer and knows what it means to be a man for others. Hector has been providing support to our students through the Kappa League, a program that provides educational and social guidance to male students in the 6th through 12th grades. The focus of the Kappa League revolves around the “Five Phases”, namely Self-Identity, Training, Competition, Social and Health Education .
Hector meets once a month with our Saint Ignatius students and graduates to discuss issues that they are experiencing in school. Each year, he awards a scholarship to one student who is most in need. He encourages the students to volunteer at soup kitchens and to experience life outside of Saint Ignatius School by taking recreation trips throughout the year.
Hector is teaming up with the Nativity Alumni Committee to do an event in January to raise funds for St. Ignatius School to provide a great education for future students.
“I just want to give back to the school that gave so much to me.”