Northgate student recognized for “Extra Effort”

Northgate junior Anthony Barbarino receives the “Extra Effort” award from KDKA sports director Bob Pompeani. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Northgate High School’s auditorium had the look of an afternoon pep rally for one of the sports teams this past Tuesday, with the band paying spirited songs onstage, the cheerleaders performing routines as the entire student body and faculty filed in.

But it was more than a team pep rally. It was recognition of junior Anthony Barbarino, age 17, a student-athlete who had been selected to receive the KDKA TV and Allegheny Health Network’s “Extra Effort Award.”

Many people know of Anthony’s athletic prowess: six years of football, four years of baseball and track for his school, along with playing club-team rugby for North Pitt United.

The Extra Effort Award showcases some of his other qualities, however, such as being an honor student with a 4.1 grade point average and his involvement in several community service projects that include volunteering with National Honor Society programs, working with Special Olympics programs at Seven Springs,working with World Vision clothing drives, and attending leadership conferences and seminars,

KDKA sports director and anchor Bob Pompeani presented the award, along with a check for $200 as a highlight of the program, which will air on Thursday, Jan. 25, on the station’s evening newscast.

Prior to the presentation, Pompeani noted that Anthony had been chosen from hundreds of nominees as one of 22 award recipients for the current school year.

On hand for Anthony’s recognition were parents Amy and Tony, his sister Angelina, and grandparents Larry and Darlene Guerriero, all of Bellevue.

Still undecided on future plans, Anthony said that he is considering attending a military school or a four-year college to study some area of medicine.