Sport: Cross country
Athletic accomplishments: Pennacchio’s the Section 1 Class C Champion in cross country with a time of 19:15.8. She finished 23rd at the State Championships on Nov. 7. She was named first-team all-county. She’s the captain of the cross country and track and field teams. In the winter and spring track seasons, Pennacchio has 11 individual school records and is a part of four relay records.
Academic accomplishments: Pennacchio has a 101.29 GPA. She’s undecided about where she’s going to college next year. She’s taking five AP courses and three college-level courses. She scored a 36 on the ACTs. Pennacchio’s a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Society. She’s a participant in the Briarcliff Science Research program. She’s a member of the school newspaper. Pennacchio’s got a musical side: she’s a first soprano singer in the chorus and plays the flute in the band as well as orchestra. Pennacchio’s participated in area All-State for chorus and is in the All-County band. She’s a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse. Outside of school she’s a member of the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestra. She’s a member of the Girl Scouts and received the gold award for her work replacing signs at Rockefeller State Park preserve where the team trains. Pennacchio has volunteered with the Briarcliff Public Library.
Getting to know Caroline Pennacchio
The Journal News: What’s been your favorite piece to play in the band/orchestra?
Caroline Pennacchio: In the band, we played a medley of songs from “Les Miserables” a few years ago that was a lot of fun because I like the music from it.
TJN: What’s been your favorite piece of music to sing?
CP: In the school chorus, we sing a lot of classical songs and they change every year. I’ve been in the area All-State chorus for the past couple of years and I don’t remember all the names but some of the pieces were really cool and have a lot of different parts.
TJN: What drew you to the flute?
CP: In fourth grade, they have you test out the different instruments and see if you get a sound out of them. When I tested out the string instruments, they didn’t sound so pretty. I was able to get a sound out of the flute. Plus, I wanted to play it. I saw some of the other girls playing the flute and they seem really cool and they play this really pretty music so I thought it was cool. Luckily, they selected the flute for me as the best instrument for me.
TJN: Do you like having this musical side of you as a means of escape from the sports and academics?
CP: I like it because I’ve met a lot of different people through lots of things I’ve done. Through area All-State chorus, I’ve met a lot of different people and in the school chorus, the people aren’t necessarily people who are on my team with me so I have different groups of friends with different things I do. I think it’s very important to be well rounded and do different things.
TJN: What did it mean to you to win the Section 1 Class C cross-country title in your senior year?
CP: It was exciting because I knew it could possibly be the last time I was running at Bowdoin Park and it was the 15th race I had at Bowdoin. I figured it out before the race and so I said, this could be my last race at Bowdoin — make it a good one.
TJN: What are you looking forward to as the winter track season’s getting started?
CP: I’m really looking forward to the relays. For the winter season, I really like some of the events we run. We run the 4-by-800 and the distance medley relay hopefully setting new school records in both of those with my team, which is exciting. I also like some of the other events, including the 1,000 meters, the fifteen hundred and 3K.
TJN: Do you want to run in college next year?
CP: I don’t know where I want to go but I would like to run wherever I’m going.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.