Gabriella Biondo, Carver A&T, golf

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December 06, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,Sun Reporter

A dancer, singer and actress at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Gabriella Biondo finished 19th in the state golf finals. Based at Mount Pleasant, she played on the Titleist Junior Tour last summer. The junior has danced with the Moscow Ballet Company (at Towson University) and with the Baltimore Opera Company, where her mother, Nicole Biondo, is a singer. She has a 4.0 grade point average and participates in student government and mock trial. Biondo is also one of four anchors for the Baltimore County Public Schools monthly television news program. Her most recent theater role was in A Chorus Line at Carver, which she also helped choreograph.

How long have you been playing golf?

Just three years. My grandmother [Fran Lanci] got me started. I always played travel soccer as a little girl and then she said, "Why don't you try golf?" I never really liked it, because it was kind of boring on TV. Then I tried it and I just had a natural swing.

Why do you like golf now?

It's very relaxing, and you have to be very in tune with yourself to play. It's really individual, and it's taught me a lot of life lessons.

What kinds of lessons?

Persistence is a big one. You can't get down on yourself after the fifth hole, because you still have 13 to go until you get into the clubhouse.

You said you have to be in tune with yourself. Is there a connection there to the arts you love?

Probably. I've been performing ever since I was little ... so that's probably a little of my arts orientation coming into the sport, but I know, for example, Tiger Woods meditates, so you have to be in touch with yourself in order to find your swing. A lot of things can interrupt that, and your emotions on the golf course have a lot to do with how you score.

Why did you come to Carver A&T?

I got into the school as a dancer. I went halfway through the year and decided that I wanted to switch over to theater, so I kind of re-auditioned.

Why acting?

I did a little bit in musicals in middle school, but I wasn't that interested in the acting part. It was more for the dancing and singing. Then I decided I wanted to do more things that explored people and how you think.

What career interests do you have?

I'm really interested in communications, and I'm also interested in neuroscience. I might do something with public relations and science if I can. I want to connect the two.

How do you juggle everything?

I've always thrived on being busy. I'm not the type of person who can just sit home and do things at a leisurely pace. If I have a schedule, I'm more likely to get things done than if I have a lot of free time. Honestly, I can't tell you how I do it, but I have an agenda. My agenda is my life. I write down everything.

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