Name: Stephanie Cambrea
School: Tappan Zee High School
Athletic accomplishments: Cambrea went 4 for 5, including the game-winning double to right-center, with two RBI and three runs in the Dutchies’ 19-4 win in five innings over Clarkstown South on March 30. She’s the starting third baseman. She’s No. 5 in the state record book for most hits in a game with five. She’s a four-year starter and the captain of the softball team. Cambrea won the Softball Sportsmanship Award last year and won the Scholar-Athlete Award. Cambrea is a member of the bowling team and won the Scholar-Athlete and Sportsmanship awards.
Academic accomplishments: Cambrea has a 99.21 GPA. She’ll be attending Siena College to study math with certification in secondary education. She’s taking AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC and Italian IV & V. Cambrea’s also taking pre-calc and English 12 for college credit. She’s in the top 10 percent of her class and has been a member of the Exceptional Honor Roll for 12 quarters. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Cambrea was the recipient of the Giovanni da Verrazzano Lodge Certificate of Excellence from 8th-11th grade.
School and community involvement: Cambrea is the South Orangetown Little League softball captain. She’s a softball camp counselor with Nanuet Little League. She’s a math tutor. Cambrea’s a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She’s volunteers with the Blauvelt Firehouse Ladies Auxilliary.
Getting to know Stephanie Cambrea
The Journal News: Why do you want to be a teacher?
Stephanie Cambrea: I’ve always loved kids and I’ve always been someone to tutor people who have been struggling in math. That’s always come naturally to me so I feel like that would be a good fit for me in the future.
TJN: Why get certified at the secondary level? Are you worried about not being able to command the attention of the students?
SC: I just feel like I’d be a better fit teaching middle school or high school kids then having to worry about a kindergartener.
TJN: Have the math tutoring sessions helped influence the decision to get a certificate in secondary education? If so, how?
SC: It definitely helps prepare because I’ve worked with kids who are a year younger than me, even my grade level. I’m pretty sure there was one or two times where the person was actually older than me. That’s never been a problem.
TJN: Besides the education, what made Siena College the right fit?
SC: The last two schools I looked at were Siena College and SUNY Geneseo. The idea of being two hours away from home was a lot more appealing than being five hours away. This way, if I want to come home for a weekend I still can. I’m still far enough away where I gain independence and experience
TJN: The season is still early but how’s it going so far?
SC: So far so good and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season has to hold. The goal is for us to be competitive and fight in every game. Obviously winning is the ultimate goal. For me personally, I just want to go out there, have fun and make my senior year great.
TJN: Are you worried about time management without having softball on your plate at college?
SC: I think it’s going to be different having more free time but there are still other things I can do to get involved. I can join more clubs. I looked into it, Siena has an education club where they tutor at local high schools. They have a math club. There’s always something I can do to get involved. Then again, I don’t want to get over-involved. Having the extra free time will be nice but I don’t think it will be a problem worrying about having too much free time.
TJN: When you get involved with groups like V.A.A.S.A and S.A.D.D,, what’s the message you want to send to the young students you speak to?
SC: I’m a strong believer kids need to be careful of the decisions they make when it comes to drugs and alcohol.
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.