SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Maria Davino, a senior at Lakeland High School, was born and raised in Mohegan Lake, where she lives with her mom, Maryann, and dog, Brooklyn.
Her biggest interests in school are education, arts and community service. She has received awards for her work ethic and school spirit.
“I truly love going to school,” Davino said. “I am a very schedule-oriented person, so the balance of a routine helps me stay focused.”
What is your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite subject in school is, hands down, history. I enjoyed learning global history.
Who inspires you the most and why?
My mom has inspired me in so many different ways by showing me that life is short and to cherish every moment with those you love. She has taught me to be the best person you can be and always treat people with respect.
What is a typical week for you at Lakeland High School?
I always try to start my morning in a great mood, because I feel that your attitude sets the mood for the rest of the day. On Wednesdays, I volunteer with the Lakeland Pioneers, a sports team for children that have special needs. It is a weekly event, consisting of either practices or games that hold a very important place in my heart.
What do you enjoy most about the Lakeland schools and community?
The Lakeland community has been very supportive of me and my mother. I have been very blessed with a truly amazing group of friends who I know I can always count on, and for that I will always be thankful. The administration and teachers have gone above and beyond to help me succeed over my past three years at Lakeland.
What is your most memorable high school experience?
Definitely building the bonds I have with all of my friends.
What are your plans after you graduate from Lakeland?
I plan on attending a five-year program to obtain my master’s degree in special education.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I am the vice president of the Yorktown LEOs [a youth organization within Lions Clubs International]. We volunteer at various functions, from giving toys out at the Andrus Home in Yonkers, to distributing food and clothes on the Midnight Run.
Where is your favorite place to eat around here?
Pappous Greek Kitchen, in Yorktown Heights.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
I have a little bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder; my closet is organized in color order and so are all my drawers.
Is there a place you’d most like to visit?
I have always wanted to ride a camel in Egypt.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
My favorite music genre is country. I love Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and I just went to see Dan + Shay with my friends.
What is your favorite show to binge?
“Blue Bloods.” They actually used my uncle’s house in Forest Hills, Queens, to film.
What is the go-to app on your phone?
Vsco. It’s nice because it’s all pictures and no words. I think it’s so pure compared to Instagram and Snapchat.
Student Spotlight was launched in collaboration with Yorktown and Lakeland schools to highlight students who excel in the classroom or on the stage, are leaders in the school community or have a passion for community service. Do you know a teen who qualifies? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.