Richard and Geraldine Storella Educational Trust Awards $25,000 in Scholarships

From left to right: Anthony Falco (Trustee), Audrey Capone, and Matthew Bartkus

The Richard and Geraldine Storella Educational Trust is honored and pleased to announce its 2023 award recipients.

Quincy High School Graduate Audrey Capone was awarded $7,500.

Audrey was a model student earning herself five different academic awards throughout her four years at Quincy High School. She was a part of multiple extracurricular activities including the Restorative Justice Program and Girl Rising, which is a club dedicated to raising awareness about inequalities and mistreatment of women. Audrey was also involved in sports during her time at QHS as a part of the Girls Soccer team and Golf team. She will be attending Bentley University studying Sports Business and Management.

Quincy High School Graduate Matthew Bartkus was awarded $5,000.

Matthew has found his passion working in the music industry hoping to pursue a career in writing, producing, and performing. He has already found success in the industry working with the artist “d4vd”, who has been featured on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, producing multiple songs for him as well as most recently, on the song “Backstreet Girl”. Matthew has also written and produced his own song “way u are” that featured the artist. Academically, Matthew was a member of the National Honors Society and has spent a lot of his time volunteering for multiple programs throughout Quincy and Hull. He will be attending University of Massachusetts Lowell as a part of their Music Program.

Not pictured, Quincy High School Graduate, Sarah Alberione, was awarded $12,500.

As a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars, Sarah has shown her dedication to her academic and professional future. Having won Second Place in Quincy High School’s 2020 STEM Fair as a freshman and earning herself University-level credit through Arizona State University during summer 2022, she is driven to achieve her goals in studying Dental Medicine. Outside of her academic achievements, Sarah is a Volunteer and Spanish Translator at Interfaith Social Services in Quincy (starting right at the beginning of COVID-19), a pre-professional ballet student having trained with both the Boston Ballet School and, currently, with the Integrate Dance Art Movement Center, the creator of The Awareness Consultation Blog, as well as a Pianist. She will be deciding between Villanova University or University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – Accelerated Program.

About the Richard and Geraldine Storella Educational Trust Scholarship:

Richard and Geraldine Storella established the Educational Trust Scholarship with the vision that hard-working students with connections to their Italian heritage would be able to use the award toward furthering their educational endeavors. 

Mr. Storella wanted this scholarship to honor his wife Geraldine (Gerry) and this Trust will do so for many years to come. Gerry Storella was born in Quincy and attended Quincy High (class of 1955). She was the Captain of the Cheerleading squad and years later, became the first female member of the QHS Hall of Fame in 1955 as the class Valedictorian. She attended Boston University College of Business Administration where she also became a cheerleader for the Terriers.

Richard and Gerry were married for 53 years. Together they were involved in the Quincy community throughout their lives. Richard coached Quincy Youth Hockey and Gerry joined right alongside him as the Secretary for the Board of Quincy Youth Hockey. They were both members of the Granite Links Golf Club and Gerry was a board member of the Thomas Crane Friends of the Library and participated in many of the events that the Library sponsored. Gerry also believed in, and followed the wonderful history of Quincy, and as such, became an active member of the Quincy Historical Society.

Gerry wanted the opportunity to pass on to others what she learned from her Quincy education, her Quincy neighbors, and her Quincy upbringing. Through this Scholarship, her dream has come true.

The Board Members of the Richard and Geraldine Storella Educational Trust are Lawrence Taglieri, Former Principal of Quincy High School, Dr. Brian Jolley and sister Denise Martucci, family friends of Mr. and Mrs. Storella, Leo Keka, owner of Alba Restaurant, and Anthony S. Falco, Esq., Trustee of the Trust.

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