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Kemoy Foster, '97

Profession: Attorney
Undergraduate: B. S, Union College, summa cum laude
Graduate: J.D., Harvard Law School
 
My favorite memory of St. Jean Baptiste High School...
One of my favorite memories was participating in the play in my junior year. We did an all-girl version of the Odd Couple, and I never thought acting was something that I could do. Being in the Drama Club and Choir were some of my favorite experiences.
 
SJB prepared me for my career...
St. Jean's helped me to develop the critical thinking and interpersonal skills that I needed to be an attorney. I learned how to deal with people of all different backgrounds, and I developed a broader perspective on the world. And most importantly, I learned compassion. St. Jean's taught us to respect one another and to be proud of our intelligence. When people ask me to rank my school experiences, St. Jean's is always #1. Here I found my best friends, I learned from the best teachers and I could come every day to my favorite building in Manhattan. St. Jean's will stay with me forever.
 
SJB teachers had a positive influence on my life...
It's hard to pick one teacher, but my religion teacher taught us that everything is possible, and she didn't let us get away with thinking that we couldn't do something. She also ran the drama program, which helped me come out of my shell.
 
My advice as you move forward on your career path...
Talk to alums and other people you know in various industries to get more info on potential careers. And always believe in yourself. There will be times when people tell you something is not possible, and what I learned at St. Jean's is that anything is possible.
 
And stay in touch!
The bonds that I formed here are forever. We've known each other for over 21 years, and I still feel as close to my friends here as when we were in school.
 

Colette Prophete, '91

Profession: Associate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, STEM Cell Institute
Undergraduate: B.S, College of New Rochelle
Graduate School: M.H.Sc., Touro College
 
My favorite memory of St. Jean Baptiste High School...
My favorite memories are the friendships that I made throughout high school. Another was the free hot dogs from Cafe Mortimers that were given out to students once a year as a thank you! It was a nice time to let our hair down and have fun with one another. St. Jean's has remained in my heart through the relationships that I made, and also through the core values of the school that have stayed with me throughout my life.
 
SJB prepared me for my career...
One of the main lessons I learned here at St. Jean's was to have a lot of fun. We had fun with each other and with the teachers, and it helped us learn. It wasn't that we didn't take it seriously, but we found a lot of joy in what we did. I use that in my job now. You are going to have bad days, and you have to learn to find joy in what you do.
 
SJB teachers had a positive influence on my life...
My science teacher really fostered a love of biology that actually led me to believe I could be a biologist. My English teacher exposed us to all sorts of literature, especially the classics, and I actually learned all of my writing skills from her.
 
My advice as you move forward on your career path...
Explore all of the classes that are offered. I had to take biology and I fell in love with it by taking advanced biology in my senior year. Look at all the coursework and just try new things to find your niche.
 
And stay in touch!
I'm still friends with most of my friends from St. Jean's. In fact, I was maid of honor at the wedding of a St. Jean's friend. We've all been close for 15+ years now.
 

Cathy Lerebours, '85

Profession: Owner, Lerebours Antiques
Undergraduate: B.A., Fordham University
 
My favorite memory of St. Jean Baptiste High School...
I have lots of wonderful memories of St. Jean's, like getting together with my classmates at lunchtime and talking about the bands that were into at the time, and the concerts we went to, just talking and sharing with each other.
 
SJB prepared me for my career...
At St. Jean's, I learned that through hard work, determination and focus you can accomplish pretty much anything you set out to do. I applied that in my schoolwork, and through my career today. I wasn't aware that I had the potential to become an honors student, but through the encouragement and support of my teachers, I realized that I could achieve that.
 
SJB teachers had a positive influence on my life...
There were many wonderful teachers, but that one that stands out in my mind was my French teacher. He gave me a wonderful gift: He gave me the gift of language. Because of the foundation he gave me, I speak French, and it is a wonderful thing. When I travel to France for my business, I'm able to speak the language and it allows me to negotiate and communicate. I will always remember him for that.
 
My advice as you move forward on your career path...
My advice is to believe in yourself and in your dreams, and don't let anything stand in your way. It's not necessary that you succeed in the beginning, you might fail, but the most important thing is to pick yourself up and keep trying.
 
And stay in touch!
I keep in touch with my best friend from St. Jean's, and we always make it a point to see each other, even though she lives in Florida. The friendships you make here are lifelong friendships.