Name: Dylan Serino
School: North Rockland
Sport: Cross country
Athletic accomplishments: Serino was second at the league championships and helped North Rockland take the league title back from Suffern. He’s captain of the cross country team. Last year as a junior, he was named all-section, all-league and all-county for cross country, winter track, and spring track. He qualified for states in the 1,600 meters as a junior in winter track.
Academic accomplishments: Serino has a 99.57 GPA. He’s undecided as to where he will be attending college. The AP classes he has taken include biology, calculus BC, English language, SUPA eco/gov’t, U.S. history, physics, English lit, Spanish and world history. Serino’s taken RCC chemistry. He’s a member of the National, Math, Science and Foreign Language honor societies. He’s the North Rockland recipient of the RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Medal. He’s a member of the Academy of Engineering.
School and community involvement: Serino is a Student Ambassador. He’s volunteered with Special Olympics.
Getting to know Dylan Serino
The Journal News: How great was it to help the cross country team get the league title back from Suffern last month?
Dylan Serino: That was pretty nice. We were upset about not winning leagues last year. Plus, I had a stress fracture last year so it was definitely good to get the league title back at North Rockland.
TJN: What are your goals for the rest of the cross country season?
DS: I want to lead my team to the Rockland County championships and help us qualify for states by winning the section meet on November 5th.
TJN: How did you get involved with running?
DS: I originally played basketball and lacrosse and I was pretty slow. I used cross country as a way to stay in shape for both of those sports. It ended up working out where I loved the sport of running. I’m really happy I decided to do it.
TJN: What grade were you in when you became a full-time runner?
DS: I was in eighth grade when I decided to stop playing basketball and lacrosse.
TJN: Do you want to continue running when you get to college next year?
DS: Yes I do. I’m working to get my times down.
TJN: Where do you want to go to college and what do you want to study?
DS: I’m undecided. I’m still talking with different coaches and seeing what works best for me. As far as what I want to study, I know I’m better at math and science but I’m leaning toward biology.
TJN: What was it like volunteering with the Special Olympics for the last two years?
DS: It goes for six weeks in the fall each year at the Nardi Soccer complex. It’s great to watch the athletes have a blast and be a part of the community.
TJN: What does it mean to you to be able to give back to these kids and how much do you enjoy it?
DS: It’s great. You see the smiles on the kids’ faces. They all love it. It’s great to know they really appreciate you. You show up and they’re giving you high-fives. Sometimes I’ll see them around North Rockland and they’ll recognize me. It’s a great thing and I like helping them enjoy themselves.
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.