(L to R): Treas Mike Giordano, Pres Nathan Santaromita, Award Winner Jayden McDermid and her proud mother, VP Mariann Cialdella and District Gov Anthony Bengivenga.
(L to R): Treas Mike Giordano, Pres Nathan Santaromita, VP Mariann Cialdella, Award Winner Cole Monte and his proud parents and District Gov Anthony Bengivenga.
Academically Jayde mentors her peers and is an honor roll student. She was a Bible camp counselor for many years and participated as a Girl Scout from 3rd to 8th grade. Miss McDermid serves as a soccer coach for 3rd and 4th graders. Her skills were honed being on the track and soccer teams for 4 years. In soccer she was an MVP player in her junior year and served as captain of the team. She also participated in Varsity track for 3 years. She will use her athletic background when she attends the University of Delaware next year.
Jayde’s work ethic was ingrained having a great grandfather who as a furniture maker created the chairs for the US Senate and was even invited to the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan. She also had a great grandmother as part of her heritage who made high end wedding gowns in New York City.
Jayde has been working since she was 15 at the Parks/Rec Department as well as working at Old Man Rafferty’s. She currently holds two jobs – one at the Ice House in Hillsborough and another at Iron Peak Sports/Events.
When Cole’s great-great grandmother arrive in 1914 she made sure her offspring were inspired with a strong work ethic. Italian traditions are a favorite always including eating dinner as a family. Mr. Monte's future will be with Drexel University studying to be a Physician’s Assistant.
Cole excelled in athletics as a freshman co-captain of the soccer team, helping his Junior Varsity team win the Skyland Cup and lettering as a Senior. In academics Cole is a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Italian Honor Society, a member of the Class Cabinet and helps with the PUSH/REBEL club warning of danger of drugs to 5th and 6th graders.
As a good deed for his community Cole helps students catch up work during an extended school year as well as aiding local charities all while holding down a job at Home Goods.
The award is given annually throughout the country to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias). We are offering a scholarship as an incentive for young Italian-American student athletes who aspire to greater achievements by pursuing higher education.
The criteria for our scholarship are as follows:
• Graduating high school student athlete
• Athletic Achievement
• Academic Achievement
• Community Service
• At least one parent/grandparent of Italian heritage
In 2021, the student for students who successfully receive this award are given an engraved plaque and a $1,000.00 scholarship each from the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO.