ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Chapter of UNICO, an Italian heritage service organization, awarded scholarships to six graduating high school seniors headed to college, three of whom are Elizabeth residents, at its annual End of the Year Celebratory Dinner at Costa’s Restaurant in Roselle Park.
The Elizabeth residents are Abigail Iannelli, Brielle Riotte and Christina Jacqueline Truncale. A graduate of Mother Seton High School, Iannelli is headed to F.I.T., where she will study toy design. Truncale, an Honors Society member who graduating third in her class from Roselle Catholic High School, will be studying engineering and architecture at NJIT. Brielle Riotte, who could not attend due to Elizabeth High Prom Night, will attend Chestnut Hill College to study communications in the fall.
Ashley Skrec was the valedictorian of her Roselle Catholic graduating class. She is the recipient of the Arlene Fatigati Award given each year by UNICO member Chuck Fatigati to a student majoring in education. She is headed to Marist College to major in elementary education and psychology. Another Roselle Catholic graduate, Anthony Milano, is going to Rutgers to study mechanical engineering. Jacquelyn Marie Keyasko, a granddaughter of a UNICO Elizabeth Chapter founder Mario DiBella, will be attending New York University where she will be majoring in nursing.
The event also included the swearing in of the new executive board, including the chapter’s new president Nino Quaglia who remarked about the scholarship recipients, “This is another step toward their futures.”
UNICO is a national organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the image of Italian Americans. Members are charged to be of service to the community, to promote Italian heritage and culture, to promote, support, and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects. In addition, the organization supports members’ interest in public welfare and cooperates with other civic, social, and cultural developments.