Shane Ross has been awarded a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship by Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.

The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.

The Long Beach, N.Y. resident attended Regis High School in Manhattan, where he was a National Merit finalist and received the Order of the Owl, the highest academic honor at Regis, in all four years. On the Regis soccer field, Ross was team captain, two-time New York City champion and made the All-City select team.

His community service included Leader of the Nassau County Kids Tales Program, Teaching Assistant at St. Ann’s School in Harlem, writing assistant at Regis and a summer volunteer at NYU Winthrop Hospital. He also plays the piano and is working on his conversational fluency in both Polish and Spanish.

In the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Ross played for the Levittown Gunners and was a member of the EDP select team.

Ross concluded his essay by writing, “As I start my college career as a student and soccer player at Swarthmore College, I hope to be a person who leads and can be counted on. As Mr. D’Arpino was, I hope to be viewed throughout my life as a person for others.”

The scholarship’s namesake, Livio D’Arpino, was an Eastern New York vice president who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his passing in 2002.