Name: Aedan Lombardo
School: Nanuet High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Wednesday, Lombardo was averaging four points and five rebounds per game. According to coach Dave Masterson, Lombardo pulls a lot of the defensive assignments and has been instrumental in the Golden Knights’ 10-5 record and played a major role in a 59-50 win over Pearl River on Wednesday. He received all-league and All-County honorable mention last year. Lombardo is a member of the lacrosse team.
Academic accomplishments: Lombardo has a 101.6 GPA. He’s attending Yale next year. He scored a 2,390 on the SATs. He’s a National Merit Commended Student. Lombardo is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Lombardo, who plays the double bass, is a member of the orchestra, chamber orchestra, jazz band and is in the pit for the fall shows and spring musicals. He’s participated in NYSSMA, area all-county and all-state in Rochester.
School and community involvement: Lombardo is a member of the Academic League and Value Club. He’s volunteered with the People-To-People Holiday Can and Toy Drive as well as being a participant in the St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser event.
Getting to know Aedan Lombardo
The Journal News: What made Yale the right fit for you?
Aedan Lombardo: I’m really interested in music as far as the Ivy League schools, it’s just above and beyond. They have a graduate school in music, a lot of great faculty there. Plus, I love math and I can double-major in finance or computer science.
TJN: What do you play?
AL: The double bass. It’s the biggest instrument in orchestra so I was drawn to it because they knew I was big enough to handle it. Once I started and each year I continued to play, I grew to love it more and more. I love the way it sounds and all the different ensembles I get to be a part of.
TJN: What’s your favorite piece to play and why?
AL: Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz at NYSSMA all-state this year. That was the most fun I’ve had playing anything. Everyone in all-state is a high quality musician. It went smoothly. It was a challenging piece and when we finally got it worked up for the concert it was fantastic.
TJN: How did you get involved with St. Baldrick’s?
AL: I’ve been doing it since third or fourth grade. It’s such a nice little community to be a part of. I got introduced to it from a friend of mine in elementary school. One of the teachers from the middle school was involved once I got there. It’s nice to see everyone working for such a great cause.
TJN: For those who don’t know, what is St. Baldrick’s?
AL: You start a team and raise money for cancer research. On St. Baldrick’s Day, which is generally in early March right around St. Patrick’s Day, they hold a large event where people turn in their donations and all shave our heads in solidarity with the kids who have to lose their hair because of chemotherapy.
TJN: Do you ever wish you were more than just a defensive specialist in basketball?
AL: Somedays when it’s tough to make shots that I wish I spent a little bit more time on my skills but overall I’m happy with what I can contribute to my team and that’s my defense.
TJN: How is it to follow in teammate Terence Rogers’ footsteps getting this award two weeks after he did?
AL: It’s nice to know our team has great players and great students doing well.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.