Vitarelli '23 Selected to Attend Villanova University's NovaEdge Summer Engineering Program
Erin Herbert

Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Gianna Vitarelli was recently selected to attend Villanova University's NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering – Virtual Summer Program, a program uniquely designed to introduce a select group of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to the various fields of engineering. Vitarelli will participate in the program virtually from Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16. 

According to the Villanova College of Engineering, the NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering Program "is a five-day program that introduces a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering, including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering." The program features lectures from university faculty, various lab experiences, group collaboration with peers and daily guest lectures from industry professionals. In addition to the academic instruction, Vitarelli and other program participants will also have access to various college admissions resources provided by the university. 

Vitarelli has excelled academically at Cardinal Gibbons, which has allowed her to earn one of the 40 available spots in the NovaEdge program. "Gianna is one of those students a teacher may be lucky enough to experience in a lifetime; she embodies the best of Cardinal Gibbons High School and demonstrates scholarship and leadership worthy of the highest of accolades," said Dr. Marianne Russo, Vitarelli's Biology teacher. "I have been blessed and humbled to have her as a science student, and I know she will soar at Villanova University's College of Engineering this summer and throughout her lifetime."