Glen Cove HS Junior Selected for Italian Internship

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Congratulations to Glen Cove High School junior Paul Ferrante for being the first student chosen for a pilot internship aimed at establishing and encouraging cultural clubs in high schools. Sponsored by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, the internship provides Paul with valuable professional experience. Paul helps with some of the logistics of managing the organization’s membership database and communication, as well as its bookkeeping and fundraising activities, and was instrumental in planning a recent black tie affair.

Paul was selected for the internship based on an essay he authored about his passions for the future and his desire to be involved in marketing, as well as the work he does with the Glen Cove High School Italian Club. He has been studying the language since the seventh grade and enjoys connecting with fellow club members about the Italian culture as well as fundraising in support of club activities. The club is currently raising funds to attend an opera and hopefully dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

“Paul is very responsible, hardworking and determined,” said Glen Cove High School Italian Club advisor Herenia Padilla. “He is very enthusiastic about helping others and getting involved in many activities.” The club also received a $1,000 grant from the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit as a result of the internship program.

“I joined the Italian Club to learn more about my roots and my family’s heritage,” said Paul. “It’s definitely rewarding. Since I enjoy marketing, I’m trying to get the word out to the whole community that there are opportunities like this for all high school students.” Paul is also a member of the Glen Cove branch of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), which teaches high school students about careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit Executive Director Filomena Ricciardi chose Paul after reading his essay and later meeting with him. Paul made such an impression on her that he was invited to attend the organization’s black tie gala, which brought together influential people to raise funds in support of promoting and strengthening cultural ties with Italy, as well as supporting joint medical research.

Attendees included U.S. Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit Chairman Dominic R. Massaro, New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, and renowned Italian American opera singer Cristina Fontanelli, who also performed at the event. Paul, who is also a member of the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale and the Masquers Club, had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Fontanelli about his own musical aspirations.

“It was an extraordinary and memorable evening for me,” stated Paul. “This opportunity is important and relevant to my plans for my future career. I want to thank Ms. Ricciardi for opening so many doors for me.”   

Paul hopes to pursue either a career in marketing or possibly as a publicist.

Paul is pictured here at the organization’s black tie gala with U.S. Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata and American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit Executive Director Filomena Ricciardi.