Senior Horticulture Student Branches Out at Williamson

2021-04-09T12:03:45-04:00 April 7th, 2021|

Giuseppe Pollino experiences an adrenaline rush at 40 to 50 feet in the air when he prunes or removes trees. But it’s his family tree, with roots planted in Italy, that inspired this horticulture senior to reach new heights at Williamson. At 20, he is the same age his grandfather was when he emigrated from [...]

Service and Faith Guide Carpentry Senior

2021-03-25T13:40:12-04:00 March 24th, 2021|

In high school, Andrew Gildea helped raise $1.1 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. His four-year effort in a national student-run philanthropy group (THON) channeled his grief over the loss of his best friend, Michael, who died of cancer their senior year. At Williamson, Andrew would continue his service to others. He traveled to [...]

The Loss of a Parent, the Win of a Lifetime

2021-03-17T12:27:22-04:00 March 4th, 2021|

Anthony Marascio struggled with the loss of his 42-year-old mother to cancer when he was age 10. Everyone rallied around his family, helping them through her six months of treatment and the aftermath. They made sure someone was always waiting at home for Anthony and his two brothers after school. Still processing his grief, Anthony [...]

Paint Student Surfaces as a Career-Bound Leader

2021-03-18T10:23:09-04:00 February 26th, 2021|

From Virginia to Florida, Joseph Spillman has interned as a painter and industrial coatings inspector, treating the inside and outside of a submarine, a water tower and a historic lighthouse. The Senior Painter has gotten his on-the-job training through networking and a school-to-career program offered by Williamson. He has brought a bold and adventurous spirit [...]

Williamson Paves Way for Masonry Student’s Success

2021-02-19T15:34:35-05:00 February 17th, 2021|

Two weeks into his senior year, James “Jimmy” McGarrigle received a job offer from the company he interned with over the summer. The Texas-headquartered construction firm was eager to hire the Masonry student who performed unusually well during an internship that was entirely online. It was Williamson that helped Jimmy win this promising job opportunity, [...]

Home-Schooled Brothers Discover Diversity at Williamson

2021-04-09T16:07:03-04:00 February 5th, 2021|

Gabriel Burnshaw thought he would apply to the police academy or enlist in the Coast Guard after high school. His younger brother, Nathanial, considered joining the plumbers or electricians unions. Both these teens – two of nine children – ended up choosing Williamson at the encouragement of their mother, Nicole. She saw in Williamson a [...]

Machine Shop Senior is Fully Equipped for the Future

2021-01-26T09:16:06-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

Resilient and reliable. That’s how Williamson faculty and coaches describe John Busa, a senior who has excelled in Machine Shop and basketball. It’s also how John speaks of his father, who’s always been by his side, from the seat of a wheelchair. Growing up with a disabled father and a mother with health issues has [...]

Senior Inks Good Impression at Williamson

2021-01-23T18:04:33-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

Joe McDonald wears a tattoo on his forearm of his grandfather’s armed services card. The name, rank and serial number remind him of his grandfather’s love and companionship when he was a young boy shuffling between the homes of his divorced parents. Williamson gave Joe the opportunity to become the man his grandfather would have [...]

Basketball Player Rebounds at Williamson

2020-12-22T13:50:41-05:00 December 10th, 2020|

Vatangoe “Tangoe” Donzo comes from a family of African immigrants who fled war-torn Liberia and eventually settled in a rough neighborhood in West Philadelphia. Tangoe’s parents, a cab driver and home nursing aide, did all they could to protect their son from going down the wrong path. Tangoe would take the right path for his [...]

Masonry Student Cements Work Ethic

2020-11-20T11:21:42-05:00 November 20th, 2020|

Colin Suter’s dad was deployed to Iraq when his son was in the fourth grade. It was a long and hard year for Colin — painful, stressful and uncertain, Colin recalls.  He remembers standing with his three siblings around the kitchen table with his mother’s laptop computer set up for short, 10-minute conversations over Skype. [...]