BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Alexandra Corio, known to her family and friends as Lexi, received numerous awards and scholarships as a Bloomfield High senior. And while it was a difficult year, the effervescent Corio was all smiles as she received the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award, from the Bloomfield Chaper of UNICO, at her home on June 25.
"This is really special," said Corio, who was joined by her parents, Heather and Joe, along with BHS softball coach Bob Mayer. "I've had the chance to learn about Brian Piccolo, and I'm honored to be the third member of my family to receive this award. It was one of the school years, where I figured there would be brunches and dinners at the end of the school year, but this is how it turned out, and that's fine. Corio gave a nice speech outside her home, after receiving the award.
"I hadn't thought about a speech, but once I was handed the award, I wanted to express my appreciation," said Corio. "It was a nice turnout at my home. It meant a great deal."
Corio's older brother Justin and sister, Samantha also received the Brian Piccolo Award when they were students at Bloomfield High. This is the 50th anniversary of Brian Piccolo's death. The Chicago Bears running back died on June 16, 1970, after a battle with cancer. His life was depicted in the wildly popular television movie, 'Brian's Song', in the fall of 1971 and the award, in his name, has been given to countless athletes, nation wide, for 50 years.
Lexi's dad, Joe, was very proud.
"I'm proud of all my children," said Joe Corio, as he wiped tears from his eyes. "Tonight, my wife and I are ecstatic for Lexi's success and receiving the Brian Piccolo Award."
Lexi Corio competed on three varsity sports at Bloomfield High, volleyball, swimming and softball. She plans to play softball at William Paterson University, starting this fall. She will pitch and could also play in the outfield.
Read more about Corio's college choice here. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/sections/sports/articles/bloomfield-s-lexi-corio-commits-to-william-paterson-university
Among the other awards Lexi received, during the annual BHS Senior Awards Night earlier this month, was the first Bloomfield Educational Foundation's Fred Celluro Memorial Scholarship.
"That was pretty emotional for me," said Lexi of the award in memory of Mr. Celluro, a 1958 Bloomfield High grad, who died on July 7, 2019. "Mr. Celluro was a very nice man and did so much for athletics in Bloomfield."
Lexi spoke glowingly of her older siblings who also won the Brian Piccolo Award.
"That's pretty cool," she said. "Our family is very close. I always said I wish my sister and I could have played a year of softball together, it would have been fun. Sam was a great softball player and she's someone I've always looked up to."
Lexi plans to major in Elementary Education, with a focus on Special Education, when she begins college this fall. After missing the 2020 high school softball season, she is back playing on her club softball team this summer.
"It'll be great to get out there and play again," she said. "I've really missed it."