Runner Wins Scholar Athlete Award


By Danielle Zbodula, North Shore School District

The North Shore School District announced that Diana Vizza, a high school senior, has been named a News 12 Scholar Athlete. For the past four years, Vizza has been a part of the women’s cross country team. Her speed, endurance, and mental toughness have earned her multiple “All County” honors. Recently, Vizza won the New York State Class B Women’s Cross Country Championship, was named the Long Island Cross Country runner of the year by Newsday, and on Jan. 21 won the qualifying trial for the Millrose Games (for the high school women’s mile). As a result, Vizza will be competing in what is regarded as a signature event at one of the most prestigious indoor track and field competitions in the nation. She crossed the finish line in 4 minutes 54.34 seconds—a winning margin of 0.02 seconds. This was her fastest indoor mile ever by four seconds. Additionally, it was the best time by any high school female runner in New York State this year, and the second fastest nationally.

Diana Vizza, a senior at North Shore High School who recently won the News12 Scholar Athlete Award, is pictured with North Shore High School Principal Albert Cousins and Director of Athletics Don Lang. (Photo by Danielle Zbodula)

“Diana has been a role model for her work ethic and striving to reach one’s potential,” said track coach Neal Levy. “She has been wonderful in carrying on the tradition of excellence for the North Shore High School track program.”

Additionally in school, Vizza is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Tri-M Music Honor Society, the National Foreign Language Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. Earlier this school year, she was named a National Merit Semifinalist. This scholar-athlete also finds time to sing in the Concert Chorale and play the cello in the North Shore Chamber Orchestra. Next fall, Vizza will attend Dartmouth College where she will study biomedical science.

“While often it is difficult to balance academics, sports and life, I run for my teammates,” said Vizza. “Even when you think you can’t, try and keep going; always run with confidence.”

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