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76 Percent Of Seniors At Iona Prep In New Rochelle Win Scholarships

Students at Iona Prep wear shirts with their chosen colleges.
Students at Iona Prep wear shirts with their chosen colleges. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- This year, 76 percent of seniors at Iona Prep in New Rochelle have earned academic scholarships, according to an announcement.

Iona Prep seniors have been awarded more than $23 million in academic scholarship money in each of the last two years.

The average amount per scholarship received by members of Iona Prep’s Class of 2016 was nearly $55,000, and often more than their four-year tuition.

Iona Prep commencement ceremonies were held Thursday, May 26, at Iona College.

Commander Robert Gerosa Jr. of the USS Constitution, a 1986 graduate of Iona Preparatory Lower School and 1990 graduate of the Upper School, was the featured speaker and recipient of Iona Prep’s annual Alumni Award.

Here’s a look at Iona Prep’s Class of 2016: ·

Maurice Pierre, a Stormville resident, is the valedictorian. Pierre will attend Cornell University and double major in mathematics and physics. His goal is “to work for NASA or one of the many prestigious technical schools in the United States."

"As a physicist, I would like to uncover what happened when the universe began," he said.

Michael Calicchia, a Crestwood resident, is the salutatorian. Calicchia, who will attend Manhattan College, is a member of Iona Prep’s National Foreign Language Honor Society in Spanish and Latin. He also was named team captain of the varsity football team as a senior.

Seven students will attend Division I and II schools on athletic scholarships:

Baseball: Christopher Dutra (Rye Brook), Duke University; Joseph LaSorsa (Katonah), St. John’s University

Basketball: Ty Jerome (Bronxville), University of Virginia; Patrick Fleming (Dobbs Ferry), Assumption College

Lacrosse: Zachary Kryza (Somers), Villanova University; Christian McHugh (Tuckahoe), Lehigh University

Track & field: Andrew Cannistraci (New Rochelle), Northeastern University

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