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BCHS senior wins prestigious national award

Filed in Archive by on March 20, 2017

boy poses in front of Eagle decalBethlehem Central High School senior Anthony Amato has been honored as a Hispanic Heritage Foundation National Youth Award winner. He is one of only eight high school seniors in the United States to win the prestigious award this year.

The National Youth Awards celebrate Latino high school students who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Education, Healthcare & Science, Community Service, Mathematical Sciences, Innovation & Technology, Engineering, and Business & Entrepreneurship.

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Amato, who runs his own business connecting freelance graphic designers with businesses looking to hire, was this year’s Business & Entrepreneurship award winner.

He traveled to Miami Beach at the end of January to accept the award at a star-studded event where he and the other winners were given the red-carpet treatment. All eight National Youth Award winners were styled for the event by Macy’s, free of charge:

“I had already won a regional award but I was surprised when I was notified that I had won the national award,” said Amato. “They flew me to Miami for four days where I got the chance to get to know the other winners from across the country and network with prominent business leaders who have encouraged me in my pursuit of a career in finance.

“These are people I hope to stay in contact with throughout college and beyond,” said Amato.

Amato, who plans to attend New York University, said he first applied for the regional award after learning about it in the high school’s Counseling Center newsletter last fall.

In addition to his business pursuits, Amato is an accomplished ballet dancer and soloist for the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and a violinist in the school orchestra. He also is a photographer and cinematographer.

“This is a very prestigious award,” said Scott Carlton, BCHS Counselor. “I am very happy for Anthony. He is an incredible kid.”