Scholar Athlete: North Shore senior and soccer standout Guilianna Graziosi
A senior at North Shore high school is the latest winner of the $1,000 News 12 scholar athlete award sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
Guilianna Graziosi has played varsity soccer since her freshman year. She serves as the team’s starting goalie.
Graziosi serves as an inspiration for many reasons. In fifth grade, she developed alopecia as a result of stress after both of her parents battled cancer.
She lost all of her hair and was bald for nearly five years. Thanks to experimental treatments, her hair grew back.
The athlete tells News 12 soccer helped to uplift her spirits during the trying time.
She threw herself into the game and found teammates who offered unwavering support.
Her soccer team became family -- and she became a two-time conference player and captain. Graziosi is a phenom on the field and in the classroom. She has a 4.0 grade point average and participates in the school's science research program.
News 12 is told her goal is to become a doctor, having worked at North Shore Medical Center and interned at NYU Winthrop.