It was a decision that would be difficult for most students, but one that turned out well for Garden City’s John Bingham.
A recipient of the Livio D’Arpino Scholarship from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, Bingham noted the biggest moment of his soccer career was his decision to attend Regis High School in Manhattan rather than attend his local high school.
“As a result of this move, I stopped seeing many of my close friends from home, but I have been able to keep close relationships with many of my friends on my travel team, the Garden City Hurricanes,” he said.
The Livio D’Arpino Scholarship is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesake was an Eastern New York Vice President and actively involved in youth soccer until his passing in 2002.
Bingham completed his high school career with 3.8-grade-point-average and was involved in a host of extracurricular activities outside the classroom. At Regis, he was captain of the soccer and volleyball teams, was a member of the Speech and Debate Club, a member of the Chess Club, wrote for the school newspaper and served as Eucharistic Minister.
In addition, he also volunteered as a eucharistic minister at the Hospital for Special Surgery, volunteered as a catechist and lector at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City and coached in the Garden City Centennials’ TOPSoccer Program for children with special needs.
Additionally, Bingham was a National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalist, received the Adelphi University Prize for Leadership, the New York State Senator Kemp Hannon Athletic Leadership Award and served as an intramural referee for the Garden City Centennials.
Bingham, who will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall, was also a recipient of a Long Island Junior Soccer League Scholarship.