St. James native one of 11 Fulbright research scholars to study in Italy.
St. James, NY – March 29, 2017 – Alexa DeAngelis, a member of the 2008 graduating class of Harbor Country Day School and a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and Georgetown University, has been granted a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study cancer research at Sapienza-Università di Roma in Rome, beginning in October 2017.
As a biochemistry major at Georgetown, Alexa was a member of the chemistry club and of the Georgetown University Research Opportunities Program. She also minored in Italian, studied abroad in Florence and took courses in economics and mathematics, among other subjects. She graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown in May 2016.
Alexa credits her time at Harbor Country Day, St. Anthony’s and Georgetown as instrumental to being awarded such an outstanding honor as the Fulbright grant: “Probably one of the biggest influences in my life and work ethic comes from Harbor’s motto, ‘Sine Labore Nihil’ – ‘Without work, nothing.’ I definitely had it taught to me at a young age that anything worth having requires hard work. I still reflect on that often, and it gives me motivation to put in the extra effort in everything I do.”
Alexa continues, “And my college experience was nothing short of incredible, in large part because of the environment at Georgetown. I learned just as much, if not more, from my friends as I did in my classes.” Alexa says her immersive college education perfectly suited her “wonderful problem of being interested in too many things.”
Throughout her academic career, Alexa’s relentless spirit and ambition has extended far beyond her classwork. While a student at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, she participated in the Student Ambassador Program, the Friar Quest Research Program and served as co-editor of the school yearbook, among her many other extracurricular activities. She also was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and French Honor Society. Alexa was also actively involved with Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society program, for several years, even serving on its executive board for three years while at Georgetown. A current research technician at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Alexa is looking forward to using the Fulbright grant to further explore the area of cancer research in Rome.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Alexa and of everything she has achieved since she graduated from Harbor,” said Harbor Country Day School Head of School, John Cissel. “When she was a student here, she never stopped asking questions and exploring possibilities. I’m not at all surprised to see that she’s reached such a high level of success at this point in her life. I’m quite sure that this is just the beginning of even greater accomplishments for Alexa.”
As a Fulbright recipient, Alexa joins a prestigious group of awardees, including actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz. Since the United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, more than 360,000 individuals from around the world have participated in the program. Roughly 8,000 grants are awarded each year, involving more than 160 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The student program currently awards nearly 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study. Alexa received one of only 11 grants given out this year in the “research” category for Italy.
About Harbor Country Day School
Founded in 1958 by conscientious parents, Harbor Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school for children from preschool through 8th grade situated in St. James’ Village of Head of the Harbor. The school employs a whole-child approach to education, wherein its rigorous curriculum is supported by a broad program in its academic, athletic, advisory, and visual and performing arts departments designed to develop all aspects of each child's talents and interests. Harbor Country Day School’s summer camp program, Camp Harbor, is among the leading summer camp programs on Long Island. The school’s mission to “cherish childhood, cultivate wonder, and inspire confident learners and leaders” underscores every child’s experience at Harbor Country Day School and ensures that all of its graduates are prepared to lead fulfilling lives filled with wonder, confidence, and many successes.
Harbor Country Day School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by and a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. For more information, visit www.hcdsny.org.