School: Clarkstown North High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Wednesday, Amatuzzo had 29 aces, 43 kills and 43 digs for the Rams. She’s a two-year volleyball captain. She’s a three-year volleyball starter. Amatuzzo was named all-league and all-county for volleyball last year. She’s been a member of the Alpha Gamma Volleyball Club for five years and a starter for four. She’s looking at Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Clemson, James Madison and the University of Georgia as potential colleges for next year.
Academic accomplishments: Amatuzzo currently has a 3.89 GPA. She’s taking a combined 20 Honors and AP courses. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society.
School and community involvement: She’s the senior class treasurer. She’s a member of VAASA, Italian Club and the Fresh Mentor program and has worked with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and Keep Rockland Beautiful. She’s volunteered with Busy Bee Playschool. Amatuzzo works for Systemedic doing Electronic Medical Billing/Filing. She was a Camp Counselor for the Town of Clarkstown Parks & Recreation and Busy Bee Play School Summer Camp.
Getting to know Carly Amatuzzo
The Journal News: Why did you start playing volleyball?
Carly Amatuzzo: My older sister (Allison) played volleyball so I grew up around the sport. When I was old enough to play, I was bumping the ball around in the backyard ever since. When I hit middle school and we were able to have an organized team, I jumped at the opportunity to play. I’ve been playing every year in school and club ever since.
TJN: Do you want to play volleyball in college next year?
CA: All those schools are D-I sports schools. So I was looking at them for an academic perspective hoping I can reach those academic standards. After that, if volleyball’s in the cards, I would love to play. So I’m looking towards playing intramural or club.
TJN: What do you want to study next year?
CA: Criminal justice
TJN: Why criminal justice?
CA: Growing up, I loved watching the procedural shows like “Criminal Minds” and everything on TV. I love learning about how things like that work. Now that I’m taking certain classes like Participation in Government class, which focuses on the legal aspect, I’m thinking about going into pre-law, which is under criminal justice.
TJN: If you’re thinking about being a lawyer, then why do you watch “Criminal Minds,” which has nothing to do with the courtroom?
CA: What drew me to criminal justice is the law enforcement aspect and since the characters are a part of the FBI, I had it in my head since I was 7 that I was going to be in the FBI. Now I’ve grown up a little bit and experienced new things, I’ve decided I wanted to be on the other side of it.
TJN: How special was it for you to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation?
CA: I have a personal connection to the foundation. About seven or eight years ago, my cousin was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He was going through all the treatments when my aunt and uncle were approached. They made his wish come true to go to Disney. He met the New York Giants. Anything they needed, Make-A-Wish was there to accommodate them. Ever since my cousin passed away, my family participates in the walk and anything to help raise money for other kids and the Foundation that was so good to my family.
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.