Youth Appreciation Award: Going the distance

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Nicholas DiVirgilio

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Nicholas DiVirgilio, 18, equally devotes himself to academics and extracurricular activities.

The honors student at Center City’s Roman Catholic High School carries a 4.0 GPA and ranks 37th in his class of 265 students.

“He demonstrates a strong ability to absorb information, develop relationships, and form logical conclusions. He is very participatory during class and his eagerness to learn is definitely contagious to his classmates,” Vince Tarducci, Nick’s honors psychology teacher and college admissions counselor, said.

The active senior is taking honors theology IV, English IV, psychology and pre-calculus while excelling outside the classroom.

“Nick has the ability to think outside the box and applies the course to many facets of everyday life,” Tarducci said of the psychology class. "Additionally, Nick is one of the most authentic and respectful students I have had the opportunity to teach.”

Away from the classroom, the resident of the 1600 block of Croatan Place is a member of the Cahillites cross-country team and participates in the ambassadors programs, which represents the high school at various Roman functions. He also volunteers an hour of each school day to help out in the schools’ main office.

“He demonstrates a strong ability to lead and is an excellent role model for his classmates and teammates to look up to. Nick is a talented athlete and even when obstacles arise, he continues to remain determined, persistent, and motivated,” Tarducci said.

Between his choice for an elective course, which is sports medicine, and his summer jobs at Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, and Folcroft Swim Club it is obvious what the student hopes to study in college.

“He wants to do something with athletic training, which is why he decided to take the sports medicine course. I am confident that he will reach all career goals that he sets for himself,” Tarducci said.

With a strong work ethic, dedication to academics, as well as fellow students, faculty members at Roman believe he will leap over any obstacle that comes his way.

“He is destined for great things. Nick truly is an exceptional individual,” Tarducci said.

Nicholas DiVirgilio will receive a $50 Visa gift card from ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, 29 Snyder Ave. 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

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1. Dominick said... on Dec 4, 2013 at 07:02AM

“Why do these kids go to schools not located in South Philly ?”


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