Whitestone teen skates his way to success


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Photos courtesy of Peter Pallos
Photos courtesy of Peter Pallos

Stephen Pallos is skating his way to success in the hockey rink.

After playing on Holy Cross High School’s varsity team for four years, the 17-year-old is making his way to college hockey. After being contacted and recruited by numerous schools, Pallos and his family made the final decision that he will attend Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, where he will join the school’s highest level American College Hockey Association program.

“I spent last summer playing in many of the top tournaments in Boston hoping to be seen by just one team,” said Pallos.

The Whitestone honor student has been a member of the Catholic Prep Schools City Champs for the past three years and was honored as part of the Senior All Stars during the 2012-2013 school year. He is also a member of the Brewster Jr. Bulldogs, an Eastern States Hockey League junior hockey team.

“Stephen is a big, physical winger who forechecks hard and also brings a lot of offensive upside to the team,” said Lou Biancaniello, head coach of the men’s club ice hockey team at Washington and Jefferson College. “The program is happy with his commitment and what he brings to the table.”

Along with being dedicated to his teams, Pallos has been involved with a local church community that has become a feeding site for the homeless and underprivileged. He also led a fundraiser for victims of Sandy, helping close to 12 students and numerous staff members at Holy Cross who lost their possessions.

Pallos plans to spend the summer practicing and training to become part of a college hockey team. He also looks forward to joining some school clubs and a fraternity.

“My interests are many and therefore, I would like to attend a school that fosters a community of accelerated learning, but also one where there are many opportunities to get involved and grow,” said Pallos.

Although his heart is in his beloved sport, Pallos plans on majoring in political science at Washington and Jefferson and eventually hopes to attend law school with the goal of becoming an attorney.

 

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