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First Recipient of Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship Speaks With Archbishop Molloy's "The Beehive"



At the end of the last school year, Archbishop Molloy High School announced the first recipient of the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship. Molloy welcomed Jenna Schonmann ’22 and her family to the second annual Walk/Run For Karina, where they met President Richard Karsten ’81 and the Vetrano family. Jenna said she was very excited to attend Molloy in September. Molloy's "The Beehive" recently sat down for an interview with Jenna. (Pictured above left: Jenna. Right: Jenna volunteering at Open House).


Jenna is a Middle Village native and an alumna of PS 128, where she played volleyball for three years. She considers herself a creative person who enjoys to draw and doodle. She also likes to attend Broadway shows, and considers Hamilton to be her current favorite.


When applying to high schools, Jenna heard a lot of good things about Molloy from her older sister, Julia, who graduated from Stanner High in 2018. When the Schonmann family learned about the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship, they encouraged Jenna to submit an application. “I wrote an essay and talked about my interests in school, art, and sports,” said Jenna. “It makes me proud to be able to honor Karina, and I’m really happy to be at Molloy. I’ve made a lot of friends so far.”


One of Jenna’s favorite classes is Biology, and she shared that Mr. Attard ’06 is her favorite teacher. She enjoyed a recent lab assignment which tasked her with analyzing the cells of an onion under a microscope. Outside of class, Jenna has joined SMILE, or Something More In Life’s Experience. “I like how you’re just able to talk and it doesn’t leave the room. It’s a comfortable place,” said Jenna. She is thinking about what other clubs she would like to join, but she might wait until next year to join more. Jenna has also heard a lot about Esopus, and is interested in going on a retreat there soon.


The Beehive thanks Jenna for sharing her story, and for honoring Karina by taking full advantage of her Molloy experience. Gifts to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship help students just like Jenna to receive a quality Catholic Marist education and realize their great potential here at Molloy. If you’d like to support Karina’s scholarship, please visit www.molloyhs.org/donate/.