Two F-M seniors win foreign language scholarships

Fayetteville-Manlius High School seniors Jacob Gerardi and Matthew Crovella were each recently awarded scholarships for excellence in the study of foreign languages.

The Fulvi Student Scholarship Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Study is given to a high school student enrolled in the highest level possible with a foreign language average of 90 or better who has demonstrated a strong interest in and love of languages. The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers selects one first-place and one second-place winner each year from each of New York state’s five regions.

This is a amale student standing next to a female teacher.
Jacob Gerardi stands with his Spanish teacher, Athena Tzetzis.

Jacob, a student of Latin and Spanish, won the first-place Philip A. Fulvi Award. His Spanish teacher, Athena Tzetzis, nominated him, and his AP Latin teacher, James Hunt, wrote a letter in support of his nomination.

Matthew Crovella, a student of French and Spanish, won the second-place Philip A. Fulvi Award. His AP French teacher, Denise Mahns, nominated him, and his AP Spanish teacher, Pamela Mitchell, wrote a letter in support of his nomination.

A male student stands next to a female teacher.
Matthew Crovella stands with his French teacher, Denise Mahns.

Matthew also received a Language Educators of Central New York (LECNY) Scholarship. LECNY awards student scholarships annually to three graduating seniors who have successfully completed multiple years of foreign language study and have a love for learning languages. Scholarship winners provide proof of language(s) studied, world language clubs or activities, leadership, community service and future plans involving world languages.