Irondequoit High School senior Anna Maria Depoian was named a semifinalist for a $20,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
A total of 150 students will be awarded the scholarship. More than 200,000 applied.
A 98-average student, Depoian displays a high-energy personality in all aspects of her student life and beyond. She has studied five different language courses at IHS — Spanish, Italian, French, Latin and Arabic — and has taken Advanced Placement government and literature. She will take AP economics next spring. Depoian has been in three school musicals and is president of Model U.N. At the regional level, she is a U.N. delegate and chairperson.
The daughter of AnnMarie and Jeff Depoian is in National Honor Society. As a part of NHS Service Committee, she recently volunteered among a group of students who raked leaves for senior citizens in town. She also plans to donate blood for the first time.
“Volunteering has always been another (part of) who I am,” said Depoian, who has worked at soup kitchens and a YWCA homeless shelter.
She has a part-time job at Rubino’s Italian Foods in Irondequoit. The key piece to her schedule is her planner.
“I write every single thing that I know I have to do down in it,” said Depoian.
The 17-year-old has been accepted and plans to attend Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. She looked at Georgetown, Syracuse and Temple University. Arcadia offered Depoian a spot in its Honors Program.
“I loved the campus,” said Depoian. “Around the school was every flag of every country. They talked about their international studies programs and studying abroad. I just knew that was the school for me.”
Arcadia’s athletic teams are the Knights and Depoian said there is a castle on campus that doubles as a dormitory.
“Their spirit and their school, everything reminded me of being at IHS. It was a small campus. Everyone knew each other,” said Depoian.
Being an active member of her community is just how she was raised.
“I like keeping myself busy…My brother (Joey, age 20) was always very active in school. Our family has always been the kind of people that always keep moving,” said Depoian. “When I was younger, I’d be thrown off the couch if I was sitting there for too long of a time.”