MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- By nature, Peter Giannini loves to volunteer. You can find the energetic senior working at the Westlake Science Fair, coaching modified track athletes and delivering food to the homeless on midnight runs.
That's why in May, Giannini received the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club’s Student of the Month honor for service above self.
He has also dedicated his time to serving his parish on weekends. Giannini’s spent most of his middle and early high school career volunteering at the Academy of Good Counsel in White Plains.
From seventh to 10th grade, Giannini would go in along with his father to help cook and clean in the cafeteria where the Sisters of the Divine Compassion would have their meals.
After his work was done, he would sit with them. Seeing the smiles on the sisters’ faces during his visits was “one of the greatest feelings,” he says. In return, he received a religious perspective from the sisters.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be so focused on my religious studies and the way I am looking to pursue my education," he said.
Giannini plans to attend Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., in the fall to complete a dual degree in engineering in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame. He will study both chemistry and chemical engineering in a five-year program culminating at Notre Dame.
Changing the world is Giannini’s life goal. Whether it be to find a cure for a disease or helping the environment by creating a fuel source, he wants to leave his mark.
“Service teaches you morals, and it teaches you how to live your life. I have a lot of aspirations. I want to impact people," he added.
With his religion, family, school and the people around him, he feels it is impossible for him to fail. Giannini is a summa honor roll student, a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society. He also has been involved in Spanish Club, CYO basketball, varsity football, and winter and spring track.
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