Senior Spotlight – Sarah Romanelli

Whether you’ve seen her on stage or bustling throughout the hallways of OHS with a giant bag of books, Sarah Romanelli brightens any room she walks in. Many know her as the President of OHS’ Thespian Troupe #132, but the depth of Sarah’s talent and intelligence is endless. While remaining on High Honor Roll and Honor Roll throughout her AP-course filled high school career, Sarah is a member of four honor societies (NHS, World Language, Thespian and Tri M).

Along with participating in numerous school activities, Sarah has been a research intern the past two summers at Columbia University’s Center for Cancer Genetics, where she studied the role of NT5C2 in chemotherapy resistance and relapse of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Though the terminology may seem complicated it is easy to understand how successful Sarah is in this field considering the fact that she was named a LISEF finalist two years in a row, a Science Congress Honors recipient, and a 2016 Siemens semifinalist. Sarah is very passionate about the sciences and will hopefully make an impact on a greater scale as she pursues biology in college and the goal of becoming a Pediatric Oncologist. Sarah not only works relentlessly on any task she’s given, she goes above and beyond any expectations.

Though a large amount of her time is devoted to her academics, Sarah still pursues her passion for music and theatre. She has attended NYSSMA and All-County for voice along with playing the violin at LISFA for many years. Both are difficult to get into and even further prove how talented she is. She has also earned the prestigious title of Long Island’s 2016 Scholar Artist for Theatre Performance. Based on her dedication and heart, her peers voted her President of Thespian Troupe #132 at the end of her junior year.

Amongst the numerous responsibilities of the President throughout the year, she was in charge of directing the  Thespian Revue. When she wasn’t in the city at her internship, Sarah was in the summer heat teaching 40 other students how to dance. These weren’t regular dances though – Sarah created her own difficult choreography that ended up taking breaths away the night of the show. Since then, Sarah has earned leads in the past three shows at OHS. Soon she will debut as  Adelaide in the high school’s production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ on March 31st.

For most people this would be enough, however, Sarah is not most people. She also participates in local theater productions as well as teaching aspiring young actors. Oceanside’s ‘To The Stage’ has known Sarah’s talent for a very long time. Every summer she has starred in their productions but for the past four school years, Sarah has been an Assistant Teacher. Many of her students have the luck of continuing under her lead as they move on to OMS where she has been Assistant Director for the past three shows. Last summer Sarah combined her love for theatre and her ongoing Girl Scout career and directed ‘Music Inspires!’ at the Oceanside Library. This project was dedicated to promoting performance for kids of all ages and ability levels. Because of all she has accomplished and how dedicated she is, Sarah also earned the “2017 Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award,” which honors a female high school senior with outstanding leadership qualities.

Sarah Romanelli is one of the most inspirational young leaders you could come across. She takes every up and down in stride, every experience making her a stronger and better person than she already is. Her friends and family are constantly amazed and always support Sarah as she journeys through her ever exciting life.