Alumni Advisory Board
My name is Edvina Ikeljic. I’m a proud UASCS alum, class of 2017. I graduated with an Associates in Advertising – Media Marketing Management from Mohawk Valley Community College. I’m currently a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology , majoring in International Trade and Marketing. I aspire to bring change to the fashion/business world. I recently became an advocate for the New York City Fair Trade Coalition. I look forward to collaborating with educators, peers, and fellow UASCS scholars to plan for a successful future.
Hello, my name is Mohammed Abuzamak. I have attended Utica Academy of Science since September of 2013 and graduated in June of 2019. I have enjoyed all the years I have spent at UASCS which helped me build many skill sets that I can take into my future. I have played soccer since the first year of joining the UASCS family and enjoyed the evolving progress that the sports teams have been through throughout the years. I am currently attending MVCC in hopes to get my associate’s degree. Senior year was a very special year for me. The environment, the atmosphere, and the great memories were unmatched. By joining the SANY Alumni Advisory Board I hope to give back to the community that helped me throughout my Middle School and High School career. I hope to help the graduating seniors have a similar senior experience as mine, stress-free and supportive.
Hello, my name is Vadim Brutsky. I am going to MVCC to get my associates degree and hope to continue my education at Utica College to get my masters degree. I started going to Utica Academy of Science in September of 2013 and I graduated from this school in June of 2019. I am very glad I went to this school. I made many great friends and hope to continue to be part of this school by joining the SANY Alumni Advisory Board.
My name is Merima Karovic and I'm currently a registered nurse of New York State at Rome Health Hospital working on the COVID-19 unit and Progressive Care Unit. I specialize in providing care to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and patients requiring acute care. I graduated from Utica Academy of Science Charter School in 2017 and continued on to graduate from St. Elizabeth's College of Nursing in 2020. I'm currently finishing my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and plan to graduate in May 2021. My goals are to continue my education and further my nursing career in the future. I hope to make a positive impact in our community and provide guidance to future leaders and educators.
Hello, my name is Salma Brika and I am 19 years old. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently living in Utica, NY. I enrolled in UASCS in 2013 and had the honor of being apart of the graduating class of 2019 after attending throughout middle school and high school. I have had incredible opportunities during my years such as college visits, taking college courses on campus at MVCC, and summer paid programs. I am proud to be an alumni of UASCS, the educational background I was able to receive here has provided me with a robust foundation and will be instrumental in helping me achieve my future endeavors. I am currently attending my 2nd year at MVCC as an Engineering Science major and plan on transferring to a 4-year college to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I have worked closely with students of various ages in Math Corps and STEP. I hope to bring what experience I have to the SANY alumni board and help the upcoming graduating students have a supportive and welcoming environment.
Hello, my name is Liliia Konoplianko. I was born and raised in Ukraine. I moved to America at age of 15. Utica Academy was one of the first high schools I attended and coming here allowed me to explore new opportunities and helped me to make new connections. I have graduated from Utica Academy with several awards and scholarships for college in June of 2019. My high school years at UASCS were the best years of my school memories, I have developed many friendships with my peers from different backgrounds. The staff helped me work on skills that allowed me to grow my character and expand my knowledge in different educational fields.
I am currently attending my second year at Utica College, studying Business Management with a concentration in Marketing & Finance. I am part of various clubs and organizations on campus such as member of The Accounting Society, The Society for Human Resource Management, and NSLS (The National Society of Leadership and Success). I also volunteered in local organizations in 2019 and 2020. This has allowed me to explore the different working opportunities in my community. By joining the SANY Alumni Advisory Committee, I will be able to expand my skills and provide assistance for those who are seeking help and support the same way I needed before.