- Figure Skating
Castelli's alma mater excited about her success
There's an Olympic buzz at Cranston High School West.
Students, faculty and staff have been glued to their TV sets and computers following Olympic figure skater and proud 2008 graduate Marissa Castelli.
Castelli won a bronze medal in the new team event with her pairs partner, Simon Shnapir.
"The excitement we are generating in the community, we wanted it to come out from West and through Cranston. So when anyone drives through Cranston they are going to know Marissa Castelli's name," said principal Thomas Barbieri.
"All the kids are just awe struck to see a Cranston West alumni is in the Olympics," physical education teacher Michael Soscia said.
There are plenty of teachers and students who are close to Marissa, including English teacher Evan Lancia. He went to high school with Marissa and her cousin, Gabrielle Moretti.
"Every single kid in here is crazy pumped up about it, saying, 'Did you graduate with Marissa?'" Lancia said.
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"Everyone is coming up to me like, 'Oh, I saw your cousin on the news last night. Oh, I told my dad I know her cousin.' It's just so weird that you never thought that it would actually be like that," Moretti, a Cranston West junior, said.
In addition to figure skating, Marissa was a second team all-state lacrosse player her senior year.
"She was the type of person who as soon as lacrosse was over, she'd put down her stick, figure skated all summer long, get preparing herself. Soon as lacrosse season started up, picked up her stick again and she was an impact player all four seasons," Soscia said.
The school hopes she will return to show off her new hardware when she gets home.
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