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Way to go: Amanda Gallo, Riverhead

Amanda Gallo, a Riverhead High School senior, is

Amanda Gallo, a Riverhead High School senior, is one of six metropolitan area students to receive a four-year college scholarship -- worth $180,000 -- from the U.S. Navy. (December 2011) Photo Credit: Handout

Amanda Gallo said she has been dreaming of a military career since she played with "little green Army men" as a child.

The Riverhead High School senior is one of six tri-state area students to receive a four-year college scholarship -- worth $180,000 -- from the U.S. Navy.

To get selected, she submitted an application this fall that included a resume, two essays, three letters of recommendation and two interviews. More than 500 tri-state area pupils -- and some 5,000 nationally -- entered applications this year.

"I knew I had a good application, but there were so many people going for this," said Gallo, 17. "Having everything all laid out for me is a big weight off my shoulders."

Gallo is executive officer of her school's Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, which she joined as a freshman. She previously held positions of freshman drill team commander, public affairs officer and platoon commander.

She is also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, president of the chamber orchestra, goalie of the girls soccer team and a member of the Girl Scouts and National Honor Society.

She hopes to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and aspires to become a naval engineering officer.

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