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Our bad! Stuyvesant HS officials misspell word on certificates for top seniors

2019-08-22

Awards for the top seniors at elite Stuyvesant High School misspelled the word "recipient." (Caron Shapiro)

We’re number won!

Administrators at Stuyvesant High School, the city’s academically top-ranked public school, awarded more than 400 "Certificates of Achievement’ to its top-performing seniors — who opened their envelopes to find the word “recipient” misspelled with an extra “E.”

“It fits that we end our time at a prestigious school with a mistaken award certificate," says newly-graduated student Rashed Rifat. “It’s both fitting and ironic.”

Department of Education spokeswoman Danielle Filson said an administrator printed the awards and stamped them with the signature of principal Eric Contreras.

The goof (spelled ‘reciepient’) wasn’t noticed until it was too late.

“We’re proud of our award recipients and apologize for the typo,” said Filson, adding the school plans an extra review before handing out next year’s certificates.

The school will offer this year’s seniors a corrected version, but some plan to keep the bungled ones as souvenirs. Class of ’19 member Ethan Ko is packing his botched certificate to show his relatives in Taiwan.

“I think it’s really funny they messed up," he said, “and I will definitely look back in the future and laugh.”