Olympic Medalist Julia Marino to speak to St. Joseph High School students

TRUMBULL—St. Joseph High School, Connecticut’s largest, co-ed, Catholic, college preparatory school, is proud to announce that Olympic Snowboarding Medalist, Julia Marino, will speak to their students at an all-school Pep Rally on Monday, April 4 at 1:15 pm.

Julia Marino is a Westport native and attended St. Joseph High School from 2011 – 2014 before departing the school in order to pursue her Olympic dream full-time. While at St. Joes, Marino was a part of the Varsity Soccer team and coached by staff member, Jack Nogueira, including in 2013 as a member of the Class LL Girls Soccer State Championship team.

“She is an incredible competitor,” Nogueira remarked. “She was fearless at soccer so, naturally, that competitive spirit translated with snowboarding.”

While at St. Joes, the faculty and staff would not only encourage but support Marino’s dreams. During the first semester, Marino would attend classes like a typical student; but during the second semester, as her cross-country training began, she was given the opportunity to turn in assignments online. In 2014, Marino completed her education via an online program in order to turn to the sport professionally.

On April 4, Marino will speak at an all-school assembly in St. Joseph High School’s gymnasium. She will speak on her experiences as a professional athlete; perseverance and dedication; and balancing her education both on and off the slopes. Marino will also take the time to answer student questions and take photos with Cadets.

“While she may not have walked across the stage with her fellow classmates at Commencement, Julia is and always will be a Cadet,” remarked Nancy DiBuono, Principal. “There are many faculty members here who still remember teaching Julia and will continue to cheer her on every step of the way.”

About St. Joseph High School

St. Joseph High School (SJHS) strives to be the premier college preparatory school in Southern Connecticut. The school provides a learning environment that embraces the Gospel values of the Roman Catholic faith and promotes a commitment to family and community. SJHS prepares young women and men to realize their potential, helps them to excel in higher education, and provides a foundation to guide them throughout their lives. St. Joseph High School is a member of NCEA, NAIS, NEASC.

Photo by Owen Bonaventura