Seventeen-year-old Felicia Punzo is a model student in the classroom, and she complements it with a special musical gift. The 12th-grader at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., is a talented singer that earns the respect of her peers and professors for her dedicated work ethic.
“Felicia is one of our most talented and involved students here at Neumann-Goretti,” Veronica Oster, the school’s admissions director, said. “She displays an amazing amount of school sprit while excelling in the classroom.”
Punzo is a perennial honor roll student who also participates in Student Council and yearbook committee. She has won a leadership award and president’s award for academic achievement. Even her own counselors can’t help but play favorites toward this well-rounded student.
“Her caring attitude and warmhearted personality have made her a favorite amongst her teachers and peers,” Oster said.
This all takes place before she displays her incredible skills outside of school.
“Felicia’s musical talent, especially her singing, leads us to believe she will be a star in the near future,” Oster said.
School band and theater are staples for Punzo after school, and she has begun to take her talents elsewhere. The resident of the 3400 block of Prima Court, acts in school musicals and sings the “National Anthem” at all sporting events requiring the song’s introduction. She’s beginning to work as a serious independent artist, recording original songs in a studio and performing at events.
The high school senior doesn’t have a specific role model as everyone who has crossed her path has made an impact.
“Everyone in my life is an inspiration somehow,” she said.
As Punzo continues on her current path as a successful student and singer, she is making all of her family, friends, and teachers very proud.
“I will be attending a college for communications and musical theater,” Punzo said. “One day I hope all my hard work pays off with my singing and acting career.”
Felicia Punzo will receive a $150 savings bond. If you are a teacher or full-time educator and would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215-336-2500 ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more outstanding youngsters, visit the Youth Appreciation Award photo gallery.
One need not reach a particular age to possess a profuse appreciation for the potential of a passion. Felicia Punzo has spent 18 of her 22 years living a performance-packed existence, yearning not only to forge a prolific singing profile but also to inspire the pursuit of any dream.