Katherine Altmeyer, Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship winner

Katherine Altmeyer, Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship winner is flanked on the left by ICF Scholarship Chairman Mark Mannarelli, and on the right by ICF Branch 374 President Al Restivo in the Sanctuary of St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church. (Courtesy ICF Branch 374 / July 9, 2014)

Two local high school graduates were awarded $400 college scholarships this year by the Italian Catholic Federation branch 374 at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.

Dante Orlandini, a graduate of St. Francis High School, and Katherine Altmayer of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were each presented checks by branch president Al Restivo, Scholarship Chairman Mark Mannarelli, and St. Bede pastor Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti who is also Archdiocesan Director of the 18-branch Los Angeles Archdiocese District.

Altmayer, a Pasadena resident, will be attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she plans to major in medicine. During her high school years she worked at her passion in medicine as a volunteer at USC Keck Medical and Huntington Hospital.

La Cañada native Dante Orlandini is a graduate of St. Bede School and St. Francis High School. He will be attending the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. this fall where he plans to major in political science. At St. Francis he served on the Student Council in freshman year, then served on the Life Team in Campus Ministry in his junior and senior years. He was also involved in the student government program at the YMCA.

"This year we were delighted to receive applications from local La Cañada Flintridge high schools and encourage local high school seniors to apply next year," stated Mark Mannarelli, first vice president of the branch and scholarship chairman. "Making a decision was tough this time because of the outstanding quality of applicants, so we decided to break with tradition and award two, rather than one, scholarship."

-- Carol Cormaci