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BCMS students making their mark

Filed in Archive by on February 27, 2017

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Bethlehem Central Middle School students Sarah Brock and Oliver Nathanielz are just two outstanding BC students who are making their mark both inside and outside of school.

Sarah Brock


All month long, Sarah Brock has been featured in a Black History Month segment airing on local TV. With her essay on Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States, Sarah was one of only about two dozen Capital Region students whose essay was selected as being among the best submitted as part of The College of St. Rose’s Delta Sigma Theta Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest.

The eighth grader said she was inspired to write about Mahoney by someone very close to her.

“My mom is a nurse and so I thought Mary Eliza Mahoney’s story was interesting and that is how I chose to write about her,” said Brock.

Sarah’s video segment can be viewed on the WMHT website.

Great job, Sarah!

Oliver Nathanielz


Oliver Nathanielz was likely among the many students who headed to sunny southern destinations with their families over the mid-winter break. However, for Oliver, his trip will include a lot more than just fun in the sun. That’s because Oliver, also an eighth grader at BCMS, traveled to Texas on Feb. 18 to begin rehearsals for the Dallas Opera. He is set to star in a March production of The Turn of the Screw, a dark tale set in the mid-19th century. It is based on a novel by Henry James. 

No stranger to the stage, Oliver has been a featured player at Capital Rep in A Christmas Story and The Secret Garden and last summer at Opera Saratoga. He also performs regularly with the Cathedral Choir for Men and Boys in Albany.

“This is my fifth year of choral singing,” said Nathanielz. “In November, I traveled to New York City to audition for the Dallas Opera. They were looking for someone to play an 11-year-old so I had to go back again in December so they could be sure my voice was high enough for the part.

“I guess it was because I got the part,” he said.

Congratulations on this amazing opportunity, Oliver!