Amanda LoScalzo has enjoyed a sensational four year run through Huntington High School. It’s been so fantastic that Newsday has chosen the teenager as one of the newspaper’s Extraordinary Seniors of 2017.
Newsday received dozens of nominations from principals, teachers and guidance counselors throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties “citing seniors who exemplify the best of qualities,” including kindness, perseverance, humility, thoughtfulness, determination and altruism. The newspaper honored just 16 seniors last year.
Newsday will unveil its list of 2017’s “extraordinary seniors” on Sunday, June 11 and Ms. LoScalzo will be among the select group. The article will also run on www.newsday.com and a video interview and profile of the Huntington senior will be available on demand.
“It is an honor to receive such an accolade,” Ms. LoScalzo said. “There are so many students that are talented and altruistic throughout Long Island so I am elated that I am being featured along with a select few.”
Huntington senior Amanda LoScalzo.
President of Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter and vice president of the Spanish Honor Society, Ms. LoScalzo completed a credit bearing internship with high school English teacher Victoria Lombardi this year, working with the faculty member and an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class
“I would have never been able to accomplish so many of the things I have if it were not for encouraging faculty members, friends and family,” Ms. LoScalzo said. “Mrs. [Linda] Roth sparked my interest in aiding those in the special education department, as well as working with her as a junior coach of the Special Olympics. Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi and Mr. and Mrs. [Greg and MJ] Fitzgerald of the Rotary Club have helped guide the Interact Club, which I successfully reintroduced at the high school two years ago. Mrs. [Lauren] Brunoni generated my interest in politics when she suggested working with Councilwoman Susan Berland and her Youth Council in order to create positive change for students throughout Huntington.”
The Huntington senior is headed to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where she plans to study organizational behavioral management and participate in the school’s leadership certificate program.
“Amanda is an unforgettable student,” Ms. Tedeschi said. “I loved being her social studies teacher and working with her as the Interact faculty advisor. She is kind, friendly and conscientious. She has a passion for history and I enjoyed reading all of her work in my classes. She always put a tremendous effort of knowledge and creativity into her work. My favorite piece of work she completed in world history was her art portfolio.”
Ms. LoScalzo’s community service activities have been impressive. From helping to restart Huntington’s Interact chapter (a worldwide Rotary Club initiative) and engaging in local and global efforts to working with Interact, National Honor Society and special education classes on a “birthday wishes” program that involved providing birthday parties for homeless children living in shelters, the teenager has strived to make the world a better place.
The “birthday wishes” program had Ms. LoScalzo helping to coordinate a three pronged effort that saw Interact and the National Honor Society raise money to fund birthday party supplies and necessities and special education classes wrap boxes that contained goods for the events. “It is amazing to see multiple people and organizations come together to achieve a common goal,” she said.
“I was lucky enough to have Amanda in multiple courses,” high school business teacher Paige Tyree said. “Her love of learning and desire to give 110 percent in everything she does was apparent from day one. She set a high bar for the rest of her classmates and was a natural leader in the room. Gettysburg is so lucky to be getting her. I can’t wait to see what a difference she makes there! There is nothing she can’t do.”
Ms. LoScalzo plans to once again work with special education students participating in a summer program, which she’s been doing since seventh grade. “I also look forward to enjoying my last summer in Huntington by hanging out with friends and family,” she said.
While teenager will soon head off to college, she’ll never forget her alma mater. “Huntington is a special place and the vast opportunities it offered to explore my many interests not only led to me doing so, but also and most importantly allowed me to work with others to aid many groups in need,” Ms. LoScalzo said.
“Amanda is one of the most driven, hardworking, determined students I have ever come across,” Mrs. Brunoni said. “She has managed to immerse herself in the most academically challenging courses all while demonstrating leadership and responsibility through community service initiatives and extracurricular activities. She is mature beyond her years and has become a positive force in our school district. Amanda is a bright, articulate, and compassionate young lady who will have an impact in whatever she does and wherever she goes.”