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Iona Prep Students Making The Most Of Time Off During Easter Vacation

Students from Iona Prep
Students from Iona Prep Photo Credit: Iona Prep

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Instead of relaxing at home during their Easter vacation, some students at Iona Preparatory School kindergarten through 12th grade took their respective shows on the road.

Many Gaels have made service, cultural and athletic stops around the globe, further cementing Iona Prep’s commitment to enriching the lives of its students through experiential and immersion opportunities.

A group of Gaels departed on Monday, March 28, for Washington, D.C., for a service trip focusing on homelessness and poverty. The trip was organized in conjunction with the Youth Service Opportunities Project, whose mission is to help young adults become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them that even minor actions can make major differences in people’s lives.

The Gaels are using the name MAD@DCHunger (MAD stands for Make a Difference) and the hashtag #MADatDCHunger.

Another Iona Prep contingent embarked on a cultural immersion trip to Italy, including a stay in Rome. Among the highlights was a visit to the Trevi Fountain, which was adorned in the red, yellow and black of the Belgian flag following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Iona Prep’s track and field team was among 90 squads to compete at the Mount Carmel Invitational in San Diego, Calif.. Senior Andrew Cannistraci was a standout among the 2,600 athletes at the meet, winning the shot put with a personal-best throw of 62 feet, 4.25 inches. The throw was the second longest ever recorded by a Westchester high school athlete. Cannistraci, who will throw next year for Northeastern, also placed second in the discus at the San Diego meet.

The baseball team just returned from Fort Pierce, Fla., after taking part in three practices and six scrimmages – including one each against fellow Westchester denizens Fox Lane, Harrison and Pleasantville.

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