Catching up with Samantha D’Iorio
Samantha D’Iorio’s bouncy personality was always appreciated around Huntington High School. She was upbeat, positive and personable and quite popular, too. Those same traits are endearing her to the faculty and students on the campus of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
Ms. D’Iorio was a member of Huntington High School’s Class of 2007. Now a college sophomore, she remains content with her decision to head two hours north. “I am very happy that I chose Quinnipiac,” she said last week. “I really love it here. The campus is really beautiful, especially in the fall.”
Huntington High School’s National Honor Society chapter welcomed Ms. D’Iorio as a result of her solid grades and she was highly regarded for her work ethic and pleasant personality. She immersed herself in the athletic program, first at J. Taylor Finely Middle School where she played on the soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams and then in high school where she dropped volleyball and basketball, but added winter track as a freshman and sophomore before concentrating on soccer and lacrosse as a junior and senior.
A four-year Blue Devil lacrosse varsity letter winner, Ms. D’Iorio’s slick and rugged defensive play helped Huntington rise near the top of the 2007 state rankings. Opposing teams underestimated what she was capable of doing only at their own peril as she helped shut down more than one scoring star, earning All-Division honors in the process.
But, at Quinnipiac, it’s all about academics. “I am in the School of Business and am majoring in marketing,” Ms. D’Iorio said. “Quinnipiac has a wonderful School of Business, with many opportunities. This semester my classes are great. I really like all of my professors. My favorite class is probably my business law class. We do all sorts of cases and get very involved. I find it very interesting and helpful to know.”
Last spring, after finishing a successful freshman year, Ms. D’Iorio returned to Huntington. She worked in Manhattan as a summer intern at P.J. Mechanical and later as a camp counselor in a program held at Southdown Primary School.
During her years at Huntington High School, Ms. D’Iorio usually stayed under the radar, going about her business without fanfare, always ready to flash a smile or laugh at a joke and eventually stepping up into leadership roles with the soccer and lacrosse teams.
Ms. D’Iorio has broadened her interests at Quinnipiac. “I have taken many legal studies classes and have enjoyed them very much,” she said. “Next summer, I am working as an intern at Estee Lauder. It should be a great experience, especially since I am majoring in marketing. I am very excited.”
Steady and reliable is how Ms. D’Iorio is remembered around the Huntington School District, where she entered as a kindergartener and graduated among the top students in her class.
“Overall, I am loving college,” Ms. D’Iorio said. “I have made so many great friends and can really see myself staying in touch with them even after college. Things are going well. I really am enjoying it here.”