Story by Sara Paul
Young patriot and Warwick resident Gianna Nicole Ricco appreciates all things American.
When she watched her father Angelo, a New York City Police Officer, marching in the NYC Columbus Day Parade, she was so proud to see him holding the American flag.
When her young ears tuned in to the 2016 Super Bowl, her favorite part was when Lady Gaga belted out the National Anthem.
And when she spotted a bald eagle outside of her Sanfordville Elementary School (SES) classroom window, she was in awe of its beautiful colors and majestic flight.
“I love our country because it’s great and we have freedom. America is number one!,” smiles the Bronxville, NY born kiddo.
Born on Jan. 11, 2011, Gianna is one of two fraternal twins. According to her mom, when Gianna’s teacher, Mrs. Havell, needs help, Gianna is the first to raise her hand. At home, she is the first to help with chores and house projects. At her Nonna’s house, she is the first to pitch in in the busy, fragrant Italian kitchen.
“She is kind to others and very outgoing. She does not judge or put anyone down and tries to put a smile on everyone’s face,” said her mother, Diane, adding that Gianna also has a very strong faith.
A member of St. Stephen’s RC Church in Warwick, Gianna has joined the church choir.
A creative second grader, Gianna loves painting and reading chapter books. She has received SES PAWS Behavior Awards, Bear Hugs tickets, and special bracelets, signifying her efforts to be a model student.
A strong-willed young athlete, she received an award for most the push-ups in a physical education contest and enjoys cheerleading for Warwick Recreation and swimming in the summer months.
Gianna has practiced ballet since age four and attends the Hudson Valley Dance Studio. She also spends time playing sports with her siblings: twin sister, Isabella, older brother, Angelo, 11, and younger brother, Nicholas, 6.
“When she puts her mind to something she gives it her all to accomplish it. She sets goals and her drive makes her accomplish those goals,” comments her Dad.
The confident young heroine boldly states, “Believe in yourself and remember your family will always be there for you. Don’t get discouraged if you fail. Keep trying and encourage others to do the same.”
The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature young people of Warwick who are doing meaningful things. Whether in school, athletics, in the community or at home, we know there are many moving stories that need to be told. These “hero” stories can be from the incredible to the mundane, from the kid who saved his dog from drowning to the teen who takes care of a sibling with special needs. We ask that if you know of any young individuals who would be appropriate for these human interest pieces, that you contact Sara Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-702-3091.