Lydia Giannini is Times Observer Student of the Year

Photo submitted to Times Observer Lydia Giannini, a 2019 graduate of Eisenhower High School, was selected as the 2019 Times Observer Student of the Year. The Times Observer sponsors the annual contest. The Warren County Community Foundation matches the scholarship award for a total of $4,000 awarded to Giannini.

Lydia Giannini has always loved to “dabble in everything,” according to her mom, Carin.

“If Lydia decides she wants to do something, she never quits,” her mom said. “She always figures out a way to get it done.”

“I always want to know what I can do to be better,” Lydia said.

“She’s a perfectionist,” Carin added. “She has an inner drive that tells her it’s never enough.”

As a little girl, she always wanted to beat her older brother, Carin said.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Lydia Giannini, a 2019 graduate of Eisenhower High School, was selected as the 2019 Times Observer Student of the Year. The Times Observer sponsors the annual contest. The Warren County Community Foundation matches the scholarship award for a total of $4,000 awarded to Giannini.

“She even wanted to know what she had to do to be older than him,” she said. “It bothers her if she can’t be first.”

This week Lydia, a 2019 graduate of Eisenhower High School, did earn a first-place title — one that will help fund her future endeavors and maybe even some more dabbling.

Lydia Giannini was selected as the 2019 Times Observer Student of the Year.

The Times Observer sponsors the annual contest. The Warren County Community Foundation matches the scholarship award for a total of $4,000 awarded to Giannini.

Lydia’s love of learning, her diverse interests, and her well-rounded background contributed to her award. In addition to maintaining a near-perfect Grade Point Average (GPA), Lydia was a member of multiple sports teams and school clubs and organizations. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys playing the ukulele, weight lifting, reading, and, of all things, beekeeping.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Lydia Giannini, a 2019 graduate of Eisenhower High School, was selected as the 2019 Times Observer Student of the Year. The Times Observer sponsors the annual contest. The Warren County Community Foundation matches the scholarship award for a total of $4,000 awarded to Giannini.

Carin takes some credit for passing on the perfectionism trait to her daughter, but the love of learning new things, she attributes to Lydia’s father, Rick.

“She has grown up in a house with a dad who is always learning new things,” Carin said. “He picks a hobby each year. Bees were his brainchild.”

At the first mention of beekeeping, Lydia made fun of her dad, according to Carin.

“When we had the bees in the car, Lydia actually rode home from that soccer game with a different family,” she said.

And yet, she and her dad now share a love of beekeeping, playing string instruments, crocheting, and just about any activity you can imagine … except cooking. Yes, there is one thing Lydia doesn’t strive to be the best at.

“She used to joke with us and say she wanted to go to culinary school,” Carin said.

“I try to stick to the microwave,” Lydia said.

While Lydia may not aspire to create gourmet meals, she admits that family gatherings full of Italian cuisine have played a significant role in her life. Her paternal grandparents came to this country on a boat from a small town in Southern Italy called Pedivigliano.

Lydia did a school project based on her grandparents in third grade.

“I remember grandpa would take me to the basement to make homemade noodles,” Lydia recalled.

“She’s been fortunate,” Carin said. “She’s grown up with all of her grandparents playing a role in her life.”

As Lydia heads to Allegheny College in the fall, it may be comforting to mention that Meadville is home to more than one Italian restaurant. Of course, there are microwaves in campus housing, also.

Lydia is planning a career in chemical engineering. She also hopes to be on the track team. She’s still deciding what her minor will be.

“I’m thinking about political science or gender studies,” she said.

She’s also looking forward to learning more about the clubs and activities on campus.

To “dabble in.”

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