She may not necessarily lean like a cholo, nor is her college athletic scholarship for basketball, but Hackley senior Stefanie Frolo is a beast on the court and apparently in the classroom, as well. The high-flying Hornet was named the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, and we ran a feature on her in The Journal News today. Here’s my colleague Jermaine Dennis with the story:
From kindergarten to 12th grade, Hackley encourages a charitable atmosphere among its students, and Frolo (pictured right, 30) innately accepted these principles. If the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete is aware of someone in need, she’s the first to offer assistance.
“Ever since I can remember she has been a thoughtful and caring person,” Eileen Frolo, Stefanie’s mother, said about this week’s winner.
“I remembered when she first said, ‘Mom, can I set the table for you?’ ” Eileen said about Stefanie as a kindergartener. “At the time it shocked me. I have an older son and he never asked me to do that.
“I think it is just in her nature to be that way and I can’t take any credit for it.”
Till this day the senior three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse continues to embody selflessness characteristics in and away from athletics. She believes it’s necessary for those in position to help to do so.
“She’s gone to Hackley all these years and the school does a great job with helping students make a decision on how to reach out to the community,” first-year coach Sue Altman said about the two-year captain.
Along with other classmates, Frolo participates in the Midnight Run, an organization dedicated to feeding and clothing the homeless in Manhattan.
“It makes your day when what you do can bring joy to others,” Frolo said. “You realize how lucky you are to be in the position you are in when you help these people. Honestly, I like talking to the people down there. It’s interesting to hear their stories and it makes you appreciate having a warm house, food in the fridge, and a closet full of clothes.”
Frolo has been instrumental in Hackley’s early success, averaging 13.5 points and 12 rebounds. Against tough Class A opponents Pelham and Rye, Frolo’s scoring average spikes to 17.5 a game.
“As a coach, I wish she was a little more selfish on the court,” Altman jokingly said of her star center. “I think she is a very skilled and crafty player who can be unstoppable.
“We’ve been working on her baby hook shot. And if she really gets that down, her stat line will really explode come February.”
Name: Stefanie Frolo
Other sports: Soccer, lacrosse
Likes: Pancakes, Christmas, being goofy
Dislikes: Elevators, haircuts, group hugs
Future plans: Playing lacrosse and studying business at Binghamton University
Frolo photo credit: Submitted photo
Action photos credited to: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News