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Longboat Key Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 4 years ago

Caps off to the 2013 graduates of Longboat Key and Bird Key.

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

These graduates aren’t just students. They’re athletes, artists, volunteers and future leaders.

Read on about what they have planned for college — and beyond.

Samantha Albano
Parents: Mike and Sandy Albano
High school: Out-of-Door Academy
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Varsity volleyball; club volleyball; performing arts (musicals); varsity lacrosse; head of the senior video
Awards and honors: Member of Thespian Society, Honor Roll
College plans: Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Dream job: Actor (film, TV show and “Saturday Night Live” host)
Proudest accomplishment: Senior year, we finally beat our rivalry high school volleyball team twice. They were standout events for my teammates and me, because we had never beaten them in the six years of playing volleyball at ODA.

Gabriella Giordano
Parents: Michael and Rita Giordano
High school: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Volunteer at Bay Area Physical Therapy; H.S. Moody Elementary; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser; art
Awards and honors: Won a first-place award for her coil pot and second place for a tile piece in ceramics at the Cardinal Mooney Art Show.
College plans: Attend State College of Florida and then transfer to the University of South Florida.
Dream job: Physical therapist
Proudest accomplishment: Having five ceramic pots qualify for the Cardinal Mooney Art Show and placing for two of them … and surviving high school.

Catherine Ivey
Parents: Jeff and Sharon Ivey
High school: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
Extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service: Hostess at the Old Salty Dog on City Island; volunteer at an elderly home in Lakewood Ranch; student government treasurer for two years
Awards and honors: Honor roll for all four years of high school
College plans: Manhattan College, in New York City
Dream job: Working at the Rockefeller Center on “Saturday Night Live”
Proudest accomplishment: Having a job for three years

Austin Interial
Parents: Mother and stepfather, Michelle Bianchi Pingel and Kevin Pingel, of Longboat Key, and Frank Interial, of Galva, Ill.
High school: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: JV and varsity football; weightlifting team; more than 130 hours of community service at Sarasota Habitat for Humanity; The Players Theatre; Sarasota Communities Blood Bank; and Sarasota Jackson’s Hope Foundation
Awards and honors: Lettered in varsity football and weightlifting and was named an Observer “Athlete of the Week” in 2012.
College plans: Go to U.S. Army basic training four days after high school graduation, then attend the University of Mississippi’s Simultaneous Membership Program, an ROTC/Mississippi National Guard Program and attend Officer Candidate School. After graduating with a criminal justice degree, Interial will become a commissioned officer in the Army for four years.
Dream job: Depending on how long he stays in the military, Interial would like to come back to work in law enforcement for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
Proudest accomplishment: Getting into Ole Miss and being sworn into the Mississippi National Guard.

Helen Milano
Parents: Jim and Carol Milano
High school: St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service: Scuba diving; Miniature Horse Club of South Florida; treasurer of Mini-Hooves 4H Club of Sarasota; vice president of Half-Point Pullers Driving Club; drama; varsity tennis; softball; and traveling
Awards and honors: Graduating with honors; National Honor Society; St. Stephen’s Award for Excellence in marine biology; the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing; six national All-Star titles and four top-10 placings with the American Miniature Horse Club; National Exhibitor; National High Point Team
College plans: Rollins College
Dream job: Marine biologist
Proudest accomplishments: “My horses: Training Lily, my yearling, and showing Rose (Lily’s mom).”

Breanna Ramsay
Parents: Tracee Murphy and William Ramsay
High school: Out-of-Door Academy
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Basketball; softball; Relay for Life team captain
Awards and honors: Coach’s award for basketball; National Honor Society; Head’s List (all A’s on report card)
College plans: University of Miami
Dream job: News reporter for “E!”
Proudest accomplishment: Receiving a total of $214,900 worth of scholarship money from the colleges I applied to.

Savannah Schield
Parents: Steve and Doreen Schield
High school: Manatee High School
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Junior and senior class president, Junior Leadership of Manatee, Reinaunce Girls’ Community Service Club, Key Club, Younglife, cheerleading, Junior Varsity basketball and more than 500 community service hours
Awards and honors: White “M” academic letter; Renaissance; National Honor Society; Heart and Soul Award for Junior Varsity Cheerleading; Best Effort Award for Varsity cheerleading; Florida state champion cheerleading team; eighth-place national cheerleading team
College plans: University of Florida, health science major, entrepreneurship and innovation minor
Dream job: Hospital administrator
Proudest accomplishment: Getting accepted to UF; being junior and senior class president; winning state finals in cheerleading in 2013.

Josephine Sellberg
Parents: Robert and Marie Sellberg
High school: Out-of-Door Academy
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Played lacrosse and softball in high school. Community service with organizations such as the Aids Walk and Relay for Life.
Awards and honors: Honor Roll
College plans: Taking a gap year this coming year to travel and see the world. Next year I am going to Rollins College.
Dream job: I don’t have a particular dream job, but my dream is to be happy and love what I do and be successful in it and always be surrounded by good people.
Proudest accomplishment: Moving to America five years ago from Sweden, not knowing much English

Elijah Toussaint
Parents: Ross and Michele Toussaint
High school: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Miracle League; weightlifting; football
College plans: Benedictine University, in Chicago
Dream job: Personal trainer
Proudest accomplishment: Being named “Most Valuable Senior” for 2012 varsity football

Taylor Wilson
Parents: Barry and Dia Wilson
High school: Manatee High School
Extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies: Family Partnership; Young Life; Science National Honor Society; Foreign Language Club; Key Club; Student Council; Class Board; Mu Alpha Theta; Reinaunce; varsity and recreation basketball; Sarasota Bay Scallop Watch
Awards and honors: First place in Platinum Division for Single Service Project at District Convention; high school Academic Award; National Honor Society; AP program student; Kiwanis Bulldog Award
College plans: State College of Florida for one year, then transfer to University of Florida
Dream job: Managing my own company and continuing to serve the community.
Proudest accomplishment: Mentoring junior high students through Wylde Life.

John ‘Johnny’ Brill Jr., son of Jack and Antoinette Brill, graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park with a degree in political science. Brill will attend the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Zachary Sobel will graduate June 4, from Princeton University, where he was in the Army ROTC.
His grandfather, Joe Sobel, a retired colonel in the Army Reserves, will give Sobel his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Sobel, a 2009 St. Stephen’s Episcopal School graduate, will train for explosive ordinance disposal.

Erica Lynn Johnson, daughter of Bill and Mary Lou Johnson, graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. She is completing her residence at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where her sister, Dr. Randi Johnson Mackintosh, is on staff.

After her residence, Johnson will begin her post-doctoral year at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg. She graduated five years ago with a degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University. 

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