Youth Appreciation Award: Andrew Erace

A Born Diplomat

Andrew Erace’s list of extracurricular activities reflects a worldly youth: vice president of Community Service Corps, assistant editor of the yearbook, editor of the newspaper, Italian Club, Ambassadors Club and Mathletes.

The St. John Neumann High senior plans to broaden his horizons even further by studying international business relations in college.

Andrew, of the 2300 block of South 21st Street, is considering the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s, and aspires to take Japanese as a second major.

Juggling multiple interests is nothing new for the 17-year-old, who serves in Neumann’s Usher Corps and is a homeroom mentor. Andrew also can boast being ranked third in his senior class, membership in the National Honor Society and numerous student leadership and academic achievement awards, including a Millay Scholarship.

The student acknowledges that he has a long, hard career road ahead of him, but says he’ll look to his past — or, specifically, his past teachers — when he needs extra encouragement. He considers his instructors his role models.

"They have successfully guided me on the right path of education," Andrew says.

But his teachers believe the youth has his own sense of direction, according to Luis DeVelasco, Neumann’s assistant principal of student affairs.

"Andrew is a very bright and articulate young man," DeVelasco says. "He gives freely of his time, talent and energy. His outgoing personality makes him an excellent representative of our school at many school, diocesan and city events."

Andrew Erace will receive a $150 savings bond. The Review has a sufficient amount of nominations for the remainder of the school year, so subsequent nominees will be featured next fall. If you would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215-336-2500 ext. 120 or e-mail for a nomination form.

Seeking science scholars

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific group, is seeking applications from minority students for its scholars program. The deadline is Feb. 15.

The ASC Scholars Program provides financial support to academically accomplished African-American, Hispanic and Native-American students to enroll in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, environmental studies and related disciplines in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded. Freshmen can receive up to $2,500 per academic year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for up to $3,000 per academic year.

For more details on the ACS Scholars Program, including an online application form, visit or call 800-227-5558 ext. 6250.

Ballet auditions coming soon

Philadelphia-area ballet students are invited to audition for the School of American Ballet’s 2003 Summer Course on Feb. 15. The auditions will be held at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, 1101 S. Broad St. The times are 4-5:30 p.m. for 12-14-year-olds, and 5:30-7 p.m. for 15-18-year olds.

Students must register one hour in advance of the audition. An application fee of $20 will be collected. Auditions are open only to intermediate and advanced ballet students. Girls must bring pointe shoes to the audition and all applicants should bring their Social Security numbers.

Students invited to the school’s summer course will attend classes in New York City from June 23 to July 26.

For more information, call Carol Del Corso at the School of American Ballet at 212-769-6600.