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Turchiano was among 19 of the Island's top students in math and science, "the cream of the crop," said Marlene Petrides, who gathered for the ceremony at the Sunnyside educational complex named for Mrs. Petrides' late husband, Michael. The honorees were recognized by Borough President James Molinaro, the award presenter, and state Sen. Andrew Lanza. They were serenaded by the Susan E. Wagner High School Chorus. Molinaro noted the scholars' diverse backgrounds: A young woman who wants to build bridges; a young man who at 11 suffered tragedy but now focuses on good grades and volunteerism; another young man, who dreams of owning a pharmacy. "I am counting on you to make our world a better place and to make our borough proud!" he exhorted them. "You are all winners," declared Mrs. Petrides.


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Joseph Turchiano, Staten Island Academy Finalists in Michael J. Petrides Student Award for Excellence in

For his part, Turchiano was the model of

Mathematics and Science gallery (19 photos)

humility, wondering how it was that he'd beaten out so many other outstanding candidates. Representative of his times, he plans a career in computer-game design. "When you go into this field, not only do you have to have a strong technical basis to design and make the games, but then you have fill the space with a story. A lot of times it's like a novel or a movie. It's a lot of the same processes and I find that really enjoyable." The Petrides Award was established in 1994 by former Borough President Guy V. Molinari to honor the memory of Michael Petrides, dean and professor of engineering at the College of Staten Island, former chairman of Community School Board 31 and a member of the city's former Board of Education. Petrides Page 171 of 201

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