By Janee Law
“Dream, achieve, repeat,” is a motto that 13-year-old Victoria Albanese follows every single day. With this attitude, and the drive to pursue of her dreams, the Dix Hills teen was recently selected as one of 36 girls across North America to be featured as a “Discovery Girl” in the September/October 2016 issue of Discovery Girls Magazine. And she’s pictured on the cover of it.
“I was very shocked,” Albanese, an eighth-grader at West Hollow Middle School, said. A fan of the national magazine, Albanese said she first applied to become a Discovery Girl in January 2015, but didn’t hear back and started to temper her expectations.
But then, after arriving home from an overnight camping trip in July 2015, she saw the acceptance email “it was a big surprise for me… [I was] beyond excited,” she said. The Discovery Girls program acts as a platform for young girls to express themselves and connect with others to discover helpful tips on handling life’s ups and downs.
Albanese joined the select group of girls in San Francisco this past February for the Discovery Girls Magazine Leader Summit 2015. At the three-day event, the girls participated in a photo shoot and gathered to discuss a variety of topics, including the issues that girls face today.
Meeting the girls was Albanese’s favorite part, she said. “They’re all so nice, and were from all over the country and Canada.”
“It was an amazing experience,” she added, “a once in a lifetime opportunity for me that I’ll never forget it.”
The spread in the magazine that details Albanese is featured on pages 14-15 of the magazine, which is typically available at local bookstores. Alanese shares her interests and words of inspiration for young girls who are interested in pursuing career paths that are normally geared towards boys.
Albanese hopes to become an architect or engineer, a career path that she has always been drawn to. In her article, she discusses how girls are not known to take on this particular career path, but hopes that her pursuit will help change that.
“I’m going to try my best in school to get good grades and go to a good college to get into that field,” Albanese, who plans to attend Half Hollow Hills High School East next year, said. “Hopefully, I’ll inspire other girls to do the same thing: To do what you love to do.”
Outside of the classroom, Albanese plays field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse and tennis, the latter being her favorite. In sixth-grade, she also participated in school plays, but decided to focus on sports as she entered seventh grade.
She’s also has a passion for music. A singer in the Long Island Children’s Choir, Albanese started playing the piano when she was 4 years old, and the viola when she was in third grade. She said she loves both instruments equally.
In sixth grade, Albanese was selected to play viola in the Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association. She said that experience was a lot of fun.
“All the kids were so talented and I felt honored to represent my school,” said.
Next year promises to present a new challenge for Albanese: high school. She said it’s going to be a big school year for her, and she’s doing her best this year to prepare for it.
Albanese, whose favorite subject is science, said, “I’m going to work my hardest.”