If you’ve followed local high school girls basketball in recent years, you’ve no doubt heard the name Serena Sammarone.
She’s led the charge at Canfield for the past four years and is now a senior captain for the Cardinals.
Plus she’s just as accomplished in the classroom, earning Serena the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week”.
“I’m definitely very competitive and it comes with my family,” said Sammarone. “My brothers and sister, we’re all very competitive with each other just about in everything.”
Striving to be the best runs in the Sammarone family. Serena is the third of five siblings and her competitive drive has paid off at Canfield. She’s a four-year starter at point guard, closing in on 1,000 thousand career points. Plus, she’s the defending All American Conference Player of the Year.
“I wouldn’t say I envisioned it, that’s a goal for me, I always wanted to be the best and leave a mark here after I left after four years,” said Sammarone. “So I guess I got the satisfaction that I’m starting to hit all the goals that I set when I was younger.”
Serena also strives for excellence on the track and field team, where’s she’s a Regional qualifier in long jump. In the classroom, Serena hits the mark with a 3.9 GPA and is a member of Student Council.
“Regardless of what class it is, I always know I’m going to try my best,” she said. “I always stay on top of things and make sure that I’m putting as time in like the classroom as I am with all my sports that I’m competitive with.”
After high school, Serena will continue her basketball career at the University of Findlay on a full-ride scholarship. Her big goal is to attend law school one day and follow in her father Chris’ footsteps as an attorney.
“It’s definitely a big thing because I really look up to my dad and he’s a role model for me. So doing well in high school like he had, and even in sports, it would mean just as much to me to be able to do the same thing as him.”
“It’s a lot of hard work so you have to be very dedicated in all you do.”