“No matter how hard something seems now, keep going and don’t give up,” Jennifer Cruz told the current members of Care After-school Resource for Education or CARE. CARE is an after school program run by the Hispanic Cultural Center of Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Vicinities. The five former members and current Oyster Bay High School seniors — Jennifer Cruz, Kristen Rojas, Marvin Zavala, Jason Velasquez, and Laura Velasquez — represent a well-rounded group of Oyster Bay High School graduating class. They have excelled in sports, academics, and extracurricular activities.
Kristen Rojas, who will be graduating in the top 10% of her class, added that the program helped keep her focused on her school responsibilities: “I knew that if I wanted to play, I had to first complete my homework,” she told the members.