2020 Woman of Distinction – Gabriella Petruzzello

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Gabriella Petruzzello (Student, Janesville Craig High School)

Gabriella Petruzzello is an accomplished scholar, dedicated athlete, civically-responsible community member and a leader among her classmates.

Gabriella is a 4.0 student who has earned Academic Honors for three years. She challenges herself in rigorous courses, such as Advanced Placement, Honors-level and Accelerated or compacted courses. Having a passion for journalism and photography, Gabriella is also the editor of her school’s newspaper.

In addition to her academic excellence, Gabriella pushes herself in athletics. As a cross country runner, she earned second team all-conference, academic all-conference, team state qualifier, and academic all-state recognition. During her freshman year, while participating in track, Gabby was named “most dedicated” team member.

Noticing a need, Gabriella approached her school’s principal to offer her talents as a photographer to benefit her classmates who might not otherwise afford a professionally-taken senior picture. She also volunteered to share her knowledge and experience with mental illness as a classroom speaker, presenter at a school-wide workshop, as a guest speaker for faculty and for freshmen seminars and health classes.

In the larger community, Gabby has volunteered at the library, with the City of Janesville Recreation Division and House of Mercy – to name a few. Gabriella cares about helping others and is willing to share her talents, experience, and time to make that happen.

Gabriella demonstrates leadership by pushing herself “behind the scenes.” Recently, she has taken some online courses – for her personal betterment – on Speed Reading, Integrative Mental Health, Mindfulness, and Stress Management. And, true to her nature, Gabriella presented what she learned to her principal at Craig High School, to offer some insight on how the information may be helpful to staff at the school.

(Since surprising Gabriella in February 2020, she has since graduated high school. She is now studying at Central College in Pella, Iowa.)