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Staten Island Academy's Joseph Turchiano is awarded Michael J. Petrides Student Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9:51 AM

By

Kiawana Rich

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - It began with a trapezoid. The 2-year-old enlightened his pre-K teacher as to the term for a "quadrilateral having two parallel sides." Genius! Now all grown up, 18-year-old Joseph Turchiano of Eltingville doesn't even remember the moment. But his parents, Joseph and Laurie, remember. And there were other "aha!" moments:

Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores Borough President James Molinaro stands with the 2011 winner of the Michael J. Petrides Student Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, Joseph Turchiano of Staten Island Academy, immediately after his name was unveiled on the plaque.

Joseph speaking in complete sentences at 18 months, and identifying prime numbers and finding square roots at the ripe old age of 4. "He was talkative and smart as a whip," recalled the elder Joseph. "He was a brilliant kid and a lot of fun." And dad's not talking through his hat: Last night, the Princeton-bound Turchiano won the Michael J. Petrides Student Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. "Joe is a true Renaissance man," said Michael Acquilano, Staten Island Academy's director of college guidance, who recommended the senior for the honor. "Clearly one of our top students in many years, he is a scholar, leader and gentleman." Besides his academic prowess, he was honored for his exploits onstage and on the tennis court. Page 170 of 201

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