Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.
“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”
The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.
“I’m glad and honored to have won this award,” she said. “But it wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates, friends and coaches. You need to be close-knit with your team. As a team, you need to be unified.”
Bruschi excelled at an early age in two sports, making both field hockey and lacrosse varsity squads in 10th grade. Through six games for the New Hyde Park Gladiators this season, she’s notched 16 goals and two assists and is on pace for a 50 point season.
“It’s a great award,” Gladiators head lacrosse coach Dominic Gagnon said. “She can play the game. Moving forward, she has a great opportunity once she gets to college. If she works hard in the offseason, she can do well.”
Gagnon feels Bruschi, a center, has potential as long has she keeps working to hone her craft. He sees All-County possibilities. Bruschi already nabbed the Scholar Athlete Award, the Coaches Award for field hockey, All-County honorable mention and is one of Gagnon’s captains.
“Ariana has to have a strong finish to the season to make All-County,” he said. “She’s All-County material, but it’s all about practice and dedication.”
Bruschi earned membership in the senior and junior national honor societies, foreign language and art national honor societies. She also participates in Big Brother/Big Sister, Italian Club, and District Sports Night and acts as the photographer of the Lance yearbook.
Bruschi, along with the high school cheerleading squad, organized a breast cancer awareness theme for Liz’s Day, where the team put pink flamingos around New Hyde Park, dubbed “flocking” to get the word out. This October will mark the 16th year of the day, remembering Elizabeth McFarland of Floral Park who died breast cancer at the age of 42.
“Liz’s Day is a great event. It brings awareness to a diseases that affects so many women,” said Bruschi.
Bruschi will be attend the University of Delaware in the fall to study visual communications.
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The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.
“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”
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Sewanhaka High School alum Vince Scuderi took over the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan this past Sunday with his group, the Out of the Box Big Band.
“The concert went well, with just the right amount of fulfilled expectations and controlled and chaotic surprise to keep the audience and the musicians on the edge of their seats and always wanting more,” said Scuderi.
The Out of the Box Big Band is made up of 17 pieces, which includes five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, guitar and string bass. Sometimes, they also had a vocalist to the mix.
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Students in the Karatatot program at Charles Water Karate & Fitness recently received fitness tips.
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Major League Lacrosse (MLL) recently announced Denver Outlaws backup goalie and Herricks High School graduate Charlie Cipriano as Warrior Defensive Player of the Week in recognition of his performance in Denver’s win over the Florida Launch.