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Stepinac High School Recent Graduate Wins Annual Bob Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship for Excellence In Theatre Arts

College Bound Student Also Won 2012 Best Leading Actor Award for “Phantom of the Opera”

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Albert Stanaj of New Rochelle, a 2012 graduate of , has won a Bob Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship for excellence in theatre arts. The college-bound student also recently won the Best Leading Actor honor in the 2012 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards for his performance in the Stepinac Drama Club’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. 

The young thespian joined the Stepinac theatre group as a freshman in 2008 and appeared in ensemble roles in Curtains and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and then in featured roles in Drowsy Chaperone and My Sister Eileen. More recently, he played lead roles in A View from the Bridge (Eddie), Beauty and the Beast (the Beast) and as the Phantom in his award-winning performance. Stanaj will be going to Mercy College in the fall this year.

The highly competitive annual prestigious scholarship award is named after the late Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Stepinac (’72), who was a gifted actor, producer, writer and a director of stage productions.

Founded in 1948, Archbishop Stepinac High School’s mission is to offer young men a highly competitive academic and extracurricular program that will prepare them for college and leadership roles. The faculty and staff accomplish these objectives by pursuing excellence and creating a supportive, disciplined atmosphere with a strong sense of camaraderie and Christian values that are unique to the Stepinac experience. For more information on Stepinac High School, please visit www.stepinac.org.

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