May 31st, 2017Friends Academy Volunteers by Alicia Martorella Friends Academy School has been a long-standing partner of the WFC. Its students have enjoyed marine science field trips, summer sailing and marine science camp, and several compete on our High School, Summer 420 Race, and Big Boat teams. As a Quaker school, Friends Academy integrates service and stewardship into their curriculum and students expectations. As such, each graduating senior is required to complete an Independent Service Project (ISP), through which each student completes 78 hours of service to an organization or not-for-profit. The WFC has engaged several students in their ISP over the years. Whose interests have ranged from marine science, environmental science and boating and sailing to “my friend said this is a great place to volunteer!” This spring we have two WFC returning volunteers. Frank Lizza III started sailing at the WFC in second grade, and Nicholas Sequino joined the program in seventh grade. Each of them has experienced a variety of WFC programs continue to have summer roles: Nick as one of the skippers of the Big Boat team and Frankie as a Sailing Instructor. Here’s what Nick and Frankie have to say about their ISP at theWFC: AM – What is your history at the WFC? NS – I started sailing here when I was in 7th grade and have been here every summer since then. I came over from Port Washington YC, where I learned to sail Optis, and joined the WFC Opti Race Team. From there I worked my way up to the 420 Race Team and have been on the Big Boat Team for the last 3 years. (AM- Along the way, Nick has picked up a JSA Sportsmanship Award, strong race record as a top 420 crew and helped lead the Big Boat team to wins at the Twilight Regatta as bowman and Beach Point Overnight as skipper!) AM – Why did you choose to do your ISP here at the WFC? NS – It was an organization that I knew and was familiar with. I knew I could contribute to the WFC in a meaningful way. AM – What do you hope to accomplish during your ISP? NS – Everything that is asked of me! AM – How does this ISP placement compare to the ones your friends are doing? NS – This is better because there are a variety of tasks inside and outside that we can help with. There is always something new to do so it is not monotonous. After Nick finishes up his ISP, he’ll be spending his summer sailing his Laser and racing on the WFC Big Boat Team. He’s off to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to study mechanical engineering. AM – What is your history at the WFC? FL – I’ve been sailing for 11 years. I started when I was in 2nd grade when my parents made me do a week of summer camp here. I really, really enjoyed sailing and being on the water. Once I got into racing my love for sailing really grew. I became a Junior Instructor last year and was able to start giving back. (AM- Frankie was one of the first Opti sailors to represent the WFC at a regatta. After joining the 420 team at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Frankie returned to the WFC as a Junior Instructor last year and competed in his final regatta in JSA representing the WFC at Larchmont Junior Race Week.) AM – Why did you choose to do your ISP here at the WFC? FL – Mainly because I feel so attached to the WFC – it has become a second home to me. AM – What do you hope to accomplish during your ISP? FL – Prep as many things as possible to make it easier for the summer camp transition so there are as little problems as possible. AM – Why is ISP placement helpful and useful for organizations? FL – It’s a great way for organizations to spread their message to the community – maybe people will want to work or volunteer there in the future. After Frank finishes up his ISP, he’ll be spending his summer as a Sailing Instructor at the WFC. He’s off to the University of Miami in the fall to study civil engineering.