In celebration of October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in Westchester,  the Westchester County Board of Legislators, along with the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations, presented Westchester students with proclamations honoring them as the county’s outstanding Italian language students.

Please see below for names of honorees, listed according to the district in which they live. Also listed is the student’s high school and Italian language teacher.

As part of the celebration, each County Legislator presented a Certificate of Merit to the teacher-selected outstanding Italian language student in his or her district.

District 1—Hon. George Oros
Emily DeSanti
Hendrick Hudson High School
Silvana Cappabianca

District 10—Hon. Vito Pinto
Francesco Bruno
Eastchester High School
Lucrezia Lindia

District 2—Hon. Peter Harckham
Austin Weyant
The Montfort Academy
Mara Persampieri

District 11—Hon. James Maisano
Natalie Aiello
New Rochelle High School
Maria Notaro

District 3—Hon. John Nonna
Angela Mathisen
Westlake High School
Rossana Caringi
(Also pictured on far left: Brigida Colitto,
President of the Kensico Italian American Club)

District 12—Hon. Thomas Abinant
Alexandra Odierno
Ardsley High School
Michelle Genna

District 4—Hon. Mike Kaplowitz
Amanda Rinaldi
Yorktown High School
Dominic Passarelli

District 13—Hon. Lyndon Williams
Timothy Moroney
Tuckahoe High School
Antonietta DeAngelis

District 5—Hon. William Ryan
Julia Streisfeld
White Plains High School
Giuseppe Spedaliere

District 14—Hon. Bernice Spreckman
Nadia Paglietta
Lincoln High School
Giovanna DeAngelis

District 6—Hon. Martin Rogowsky
Angelo Mariani
Harrison High School
Maria Conte 

District 15—Hon. Gordon Burrows
Brendy Ventura
Roosevelt High School
Nancy Adorno

District 7—Hon. Judy Myers
Rosina Callisto
Rye Neck High School
Rita Maria Carolini

Dist. 16—Hon. Ken Jenkins
Daniel Morgado
Gorton High School
Carmela Cevetillo

District 8—Hon. Lois Bronz
Sarah Parker
Woodlands High School
Maria Vannucci

District 17—Hon. Jose Alvarado
Megan Kenn
Yonkers High School
Maria Di Bello

District 9—Hon. William Burton
Sabina De Matteo
Ossining High School
Francesca Amedeo