We would like to congratulate our 2019 Scholarship winners. The original plan was to award two scholarships in the amount of $2,500. However, with the success of Taste of Brooklyn this year, we decided to award an additional three scholarship for $1,000 each. The recipients were in attendance at our June luncheon to receive their awards. Below is an impressive list of their accomplishments.
Karli Verchio, $2,500 Recipient
Karli is a 2019 graduate of Brooklyn High School, graduating 1st in her class with an accumulative grade point average of over 4.3. She earned a four year academic award from Brooklyn High School, the Yale Book award in 11th grade, and the Phi Beta Kappa award in 12th grade. While excelling at academics, Karli also volunteered at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, Support Our Schools spaghetti dinners, and Relay for Life. She also volunteers time with The Dancing Wheels Company, which is a program for children in wheelchairs with special needs. Throughout her four years in high school, she has been actively involved in the musical, marching band, jazz band, and the Hurricettes. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, all while holding a part time job at the Brooklyn Recreation Center. Karli will be attending University of Toledo in the fall and plans on studying nursing.
Ruth Sasso, $2,500 Recipient
Ruth is a 2019 graduate of Brooklyn High School, graduating 5th in her class with an accumulative grade point average of over 4.0. During her 4 years, she has been involved in many extracurricular activities, such as Student Council, Stage Crew, and Debate Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Ruth has participated in track and has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. She has spent countless hours volunteering for the Support Our Schools spaghetti dinners, counselor for Back to Nature Day Camp, and many activities with Key Club. Ruth will be attending Baldwin Wallace University in the fall and is currently undecided on her major.
Anthony Giordano, $1,000 Recipient
Anthony is a 2019 graduate of Brooklyn High School, graduating 2nd in his class with an accumulative grade point average of over 4.2. During his 4 years, he has spent countless hours volunteering throughout the community, including Cleveland Metroparks Bug City, school blood drives, cookies with Santa, and raking leaves for the elderly, just to name a few. Anthony is a Core Member of Student Council, National Honors Society, and has also served as Vice President and Treasurer of Key Club. He has spent 4 years in Concert, Marching, and Pit bands. Anthony will be attending Ohio University in the fall and plans on studying chemical engineering.
Brandon Hass, $1,000 Recipient
Brandon is currently a sophomore at Cleveland State University. He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 2017, where he excelled in all aspects of the Brooklyn Instrumental Music Department. Brandon was a percussionist in the concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, and pit orchestra. He was also a 4 year letterman in soccer. Since he has started college, Brandon has continued to excel in academics, while also volunteering for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Hannah Nodge, $1,000 Recipient
Hannah is a 2019 graduate of St. Joseph Academy. During her 4 years, she has been involved in many extracurricular activities, such as varsity softball, club rugby, chess club, student council and National Honors Society. She received the OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award, which is given to students who maintain above a 3.5 GPA, while participating in a sport. Hannah has spent countless hours volunteering for Labre, an organization that helps to feed the homeless throughout Cleveland. She has also volunteered for the Cleveland Indians, ABLE Families Service, and as a peer tutor. Hannah will be attending Saint Louis University in the fall and plans on studying aviation/flight science.