St. Thomas student heads to City Hall
by Ed Wendell
Jun 30, 2014 | 4744 views | 2 2 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Her teachers describe Ingrid Karmazinas as a leader and commend her for how organized she is, so it was little surprise to them when she was selected to represent our district in the City Council’s “Council Member for a Day” program.

The recent graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle went to City Hall, where she met up with Councilman Eric Ulrich to see what it’s like to represent our community at the city level.

Ulrich is a big fan of the program and the opportunity it affords young students.

“Ingrid was terrific,” he said. “She got to come to City Hall to get a first-hand look at the inner-workings of city government, and she even got to sit in my chair and vote for me.

“I think she learned what we do at City Hall and how we try to make life better for all New Yorkers,” he added.

Karmazinas said the experience was “fascinating” and that she particularly enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle of a live press conference that happened to be going on while she was there.

“All the lights and cameras and people asking questions, it was really exciting,” she said.

I asked Karmazinas what the very first problem she would tackle if she was our council member.

“Noise pollution,” she answered without hesitation. “All around us, all day long, everything is just so noisy. And sometimes at night the noise outside is so bad it makes it hard to sleep.”

After eight years as a student at St. Thomas the Apostle, Karmazinas recently stood with her classmates during graduation ceremonies. She described her feelings that day as “mixed.”

“On one hand, I’m very sad to be leaving St. Thomas the Apostle; I loved it there. I’m going to miss my teachers and all my friends,” she said. “But on the other hand, I’m excited to be moving on to high school.”

One of the teachers she is going to miss is Mrs. Polito who, Karmazinas said, “taught me everything.”

Of Karmazinas, Polito says “She is a smart, articulate young lady who I had the pleasure of teaching for three years. Not only is she dedicated to her studies, but she is quite active outside of her classroom. She has a wonderful personality with a great sense of humor.”

“At graduation, among the awards she was presented with was the “Triple C” award, which commends students for courage, character and commitment and that says it all about Ingrid,” Polito said.

Karmazinas will be moving on this fall to Archbishop Molloy High School, which has educated many notable figures over the years. Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was a graduate, as was the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. Actor David Caruso and NBA stars Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson were also graduates.

Locally, Assemblyman Mike Miller was a graduate of Molloy, as well as State Senator Joseph Addabbo (who graduated alongside yours truly).

“Ingrid was an outstanding student and class leader this past year at St. Thomas the Apostle School,” said Principal Joseph Carpenter. “She is a self-starter that needs no prodding to initiate activities and events that promote her class and her school. I know she will carry that energy to the next step in her educational career.”

As for what that step is, Karmazinas says she is very interested in science, particularly biology, but this experience has sparked an interest that may someday lead her to get involved in public service.

“I think it would be very nice to have a job where I could help people,” she said.

The young students of our community are our future and Ingrid Karmazinas is a prime example of the bright future our community has. Congratulations to all of Woodhaven’s graduates and we wish all of our students in Woodhaven a happy summer!

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Bob Bermingham -Mr.B
July 02, 2014
Another well written article by Ed Wendell.

We will truly miss Ingrid at St Thomas.

I posted a link in the Photos and Videos section of

of the school's web site.

Patti Eggers
July 02, 2014
Great article! Congratulations again to Ingrid! You make us all very proud; be proud of yourself!