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Garden City High School Senior Spotlight: Natalie Palmeri Nominations from school staff, students and families

Natalie Palmeri is a scholar athlete who has proven herself both in and out of the classroom. She has earned First and Second Honors, as well as the Principal's List, throughout her high school career and is a college recruited lacrosse athlete. She has played lacrosse all four years of high school and taught the sport to younger peers in her free time.


Natalie has been involved in volunteer work for the past several years through the UFT: Coalition for the Homeless. She first shared her compassionate nature with the Class of 2021 when she organized an annual coat drive two years ago. When the pandemic hit and schools were shut down, Natalie united her classmates by coordinating a mobile food drive. Together, the students collected over 300 bags of food, which Natalie delivered to the local food pantry. This year, she collaborated with her peers to again host food and coat drives, resulting in over 15,000 pounds of food being donated to the Mary Brennan INN.


As shared by faculty members, “Natalie has shown us all how important it is to appreciate what we have and how rewarding it is to come together for the sake of others who are less fortunate than us.” She is described as determined, focused and resilient across all domains.


Submissions are from staff, students, or parents. To nominate a GCHS senior, please contact Assistant Principal for Guidance and PPS Mandi Stefankiewicz at


Natalie Palmeri Portrait