By Toni Gallo
Connetquot High School
Olivia Abbruzzese has found an outlet in writing. Since she was a child, she’s used it as a way to express her feelings and emotions, hoping it will take her far in satisfying her thirst for knowledge.
“My dream is to make a difference in the world, stand firm in my convictions, communicate the truth, give a voice to the disenfranchised and always keep myself on a path towards higher knowledge,” she said. “And writing is a great way to do that.”
Olivia, a 16-year-old incoming junior at Patchogue-Medford High School, says journalism is a strong career possibility based on her interests.
This upcoming school year, Olivia will be taking AP Language and Composition, as well as a class in communications in order to further her interests in the fields of writing and journalism.
Olivia’s love for writing led her to apply to The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, and she credits the anchors at News 12 for inspiring her love of the news. She is constantly looking to broaden her horizons, which makes her a strong candidate to potentially undertake a career in journalism. But whatever field she ultimately pursues, it is bound to involve writing, say friends.
“I have never known someone with such a strong sense of curiosity, and desire to write,” said close friend, Jessica Cohen. “Writing has always been such a powerful, emotional and educational outlet for her, and watching her in action is truly a sight to see.”
Olivia is excited for the opportunities Stony Brook’s high school journalism program will provide and is ready to put her best foot forward. While she recognizes this program comes with hard work, she is more than ready for it. “The fruits of my labor will make the challenges all worthwhile,” she said.
Olivia’s parents, Denise and Frank, also believe that this program will be a great experience, knowing that she will bring her enthusiasm and energy to all endeavors she pursues throughout the week.
Among her attributes, she is open-minded to hearing all sides of a story. However, when conflict may arise, Olivia is not afraid to stand up for herself or others.
Olivia looks forward to not only exploring all of the facets of journalism, but also meeting new people, experiencing things she otherwise would not have and creating lifelong memories, as she gains a glimpse of college life.
“I just can’t wait to get started, and meet new people along the way.”