Brava, brava to Taylor Taglianetti for receiving the Columbus Citizens Foundation scholarship to study all things Italian.
The award offers the St. Saviour freshman an opportunity to participate in a language camp, Lago del Bosco, at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota this summer, and immerse herself in la dolce vita. All “villagers” must parle Italiano during the two-week course, according to the website.
“Being a villager isn’t about sitting in a classroom learning grammar and memorizing facts,” it states. “You will be surrounded by Italian sounds, sights and flavors.”
Now the flavor part is what Standing O is interested in. Our pal Taylor may not speak Italian, so it will be quite the contestare, but we know she will ace it. Hey, she’s from Brooklyn. Capisce?
Standing O wishes Taylor, “Buono fortuna e viaggio.”
St. Saviour High School [588 Sixth St. between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 768–4406].
Graduating seniors from around the city were honored with the Horatio Alger New York Scholarship award for their commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character. The award is $5,000 and may be used toward tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. The hard-working do-gooders also have access to financial aid and scholarship counseling, college readiness tools and assessments, 24-seven support and referral services, free housing opportunities provided by Campus Crest at 44 campuses around the nation, graduate school funding, and access to a network of peers and alumni.
Standing O sends shout-outs to the following Brooklyn honorees: April Aguilar of Edward R. Murrow High School, Ebony Cadet of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, and Rui Chang Mei and Catherine Zhang of Midwood High School at Brooklyn College.
Congrats to Marykate Huwer. The graduating senior at Bishop Kearney High School was honored by the school’s Lay Faculty Association with the L.F.A. award at a senior awards night last month. Leadership, service, and scholarship are the hallmarks of this recognition — and the words that best describe Marykate, the daughter of Mary Farrell of Marine Park. She’s also the borough’s daughter, tirelessly helping out in her school’s fund-raising and service activities, and never passing up an opportunity to advance a good cause — from sending “snowflake” tributes to families of the Newton massacre to assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Marykate, who has also served on the student council, has her faculty’s admiration.
“She’s a mover and a shaker, she’s just amazing,” bragged Sister Virginia Lake, director of Institutional Advancement.
Standing O wishes Marykate all good wishes in her future.
Bishop Kearney High School [2202 60th Street at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].
Standing O sends out get-well wishes to Sharon Santa Maria, who is recovering from a stroke.
Sharon is the lovely wife of our very own Big Screecher, Carmine Santa Maria. Speedy recovery, Sharon.Read Standing O every Thursday on BrooklynDaily.com!