Plainedge High School seniors Diana Petrella and Michael Rossi have each been presented with the Nassau Zone Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Each year the award is presented to two graduating seniors, one boy and one girl, who have demonstrated exceptional physical fitness, scholastic ability, and outstanding leadership throughout their high school years.
Diana is a dedicated, hardworking varsity athlete. She has been a leader on the Varsity Volleyball team for two years, and received the honor of All-Conference in her junior year. Diana has volunteered for the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Victory, for which she's helped promote awareness of spinal cord injury through her help in fundraising events. Diane enjoyed being part of the Athletes Helping Athletes Peer Leadership Program, and has continued to be a Peer Counselor for underclassmen. She has been a high honor roll student each year, and looks forward to majoring in psychology in college next year.
Michael is a three-sport varsity athlete. He's been awarded All-Conference Honorable Mention, and All-County status during his four years as a Varsity Lacrosse player, as well as All-Conference honors for Varsity Wrestling, and he's been the starting quarterback for the Varsity Football team, which won the Conference III Championships this year. Michael has been on the high honor roll each quarter throughout high school. He is also the recipient of the "You Make a Difference Award" for English. Michael has been a long-time member of the Athletes Helping Athletes Peer Leadership Program. He will be attending Adelphi University next fall, where he will be playing lacrosse.