St. Jean Baptiste High School Your support of St. Jean Baptiste High School has always had a profound impact on the lives of our students. What you may not realize is the ripple effect you have had on countless others by way of your generosity to our students. The graduates highlighted here, are paying it forward through their academic and professional accomplishments as adults. Thanks to your support while they were students, you are part of their success as they impact the lives of so many people around the world.
HADIZA KASSIM ’13
While still a student at Ithaca College, Hadiza launched a fashion brand named Sarauniya, in 2015. She recently transitioned the fashion brand to become a manufacturer. Because of the character, values and dedication to service instilled in her during her time at SJB, Hadiza felt inspired to give back and help others. She employs female seamstresses in Ghana to make her clothing which has led to job creation and the improvement of the economic and social status of her employees. In 2017, Hadiza founded in Ghana, the Fatima Initiative for Public Health Reform that provides sustainable solutions to grassroots health concerns in Ghana through its free mobile clinic and annual GreenLeaf Scholarship. She has participated in roundtable discussions at the United Nations General Assembly and was just accepted into Harvard Business School’s Sustainable Business Strategy program which she will begin in April 2019.
LINDA LI ’14
Linda was commissioned as an Officer of the US Coast Guard in 2018. She boldly decided to follow her dreams and pursue a degree in Marine Business and Commerce at SUNY Maritime College. During her time at SUNY Maritime, Linda was afforded wonderful enrichment opportunities including traveling on the Training Ship Empire State VI, a governmentowned ship, which brought her to: Charleston, Norfolk and New Orleans, then abroad to: Alicante, Belfast, Dublin, La Spezia, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Sicily and Trieste. As a member of the country’s maritime first responder organization, Linda’s career will contribute to maritime security, law enforcement, search and rescue and marine environmental protection – helping others as well as our ecological surroundings.