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Queensboro UNICO awards fi ve local students with
‘American Italian Achievement Award’ scholarships
BY MADDISON FARRIS
Queensboro UNICO awarded five students
with the “American Italian Achievement
Award” scholarships on Tuesday, Feb. 4,
in Rego Park.
The Queens chapter of UNICO — an association
for Italian Americans — works hard for their
community and is always looking for ways to
serve the public.
One of the ways the group serves the community
is by providing scholarships for students
that are pursuing an interest in Italian American
Students were asked to write an essay about
how the struggles of being an Italian American
have affected their lives. Approximately 20 students
applied, and five were awarded the scholarship,
which ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.
The winners — high school students Lorenzo
LaRosa, Francesco DiMarco, Luca Mistretta, Joseph
LaBarbera and Victor Colona — shared stories
about the bravery of ancestors, grandfathers,
grandmothers, fathers, mothers and friends.
The stories were then related to how their predecessor’s
actions affected them and encouraged
them to believe that with hard work and determination,
nothing is impossible.
The evening was lea by Queensboro UNICO
President Gaspare Mistretta. Vice President
Photo by Maddison Farris
of UNICO and Chairman of the event, Anthony
D’Angelo, said the event is something the organization
always looks forward to.
UNICO strives to bring out the best in the
younger generations, which they hope will pass
the torch and keep the group’s traditions alive.
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