Ardsley High School senior,
Pamela Segall was recognized for her achievement in Italian
language studies at a special ceremony hosted yesterday by the Westchester
County Board of Legislators and the Westchester Coalition of Italian American
Organizations. Earlier in the month, two
other seniors, Rebecca Berg and Stefanie Falcone, were also recognized for
their achievement in Italian by Westchester County Executive, the Honorable
Robert P. Astorino. Both of these proclamation
ceremonies are part of the National Italian Heritage and Culture Month celebrations
and honor “Outstanding Students of the Italian Language” and their teachers.
The commitment to the Italian program in Ardsley has grown throughout the years in response to student interest. This year for the first time, the district is offering Italian 5 and an Advanced Placement (AP) class to seniors that were in the first middle school Italian class back in 2008. Also for the first time, seventeen high school juniors and seniors will travel to Italy during February break to practice their language skills and be immersed in Italian culture.
Aside from the wonderful things going on within the Italian program, students in Italian classes and the high school Italian club have done a great job promoting Italian culture within the district. During October, the Ardsley School District commemorated National Italian Language Week by hosting a number of activities at the high school and middle school celebrating the language, music and sports of Italy. Italian language students did culture projects, held a bake sale, organized fundraisers for the Italy trip and there were even spirit days where students were encouraged to wear green, white and red, or Italian soccer jerseys. Viva Italia e America!