3 Roy-Hart grads expanding their knowledge through studies in Europe

Provided photos: Gabriella Smith and Cassidy Ohol front row, 5th and 4th from right, are in Italy with RIT students.

Posted 25 June 2024 at 9:25 am

Press Release, Fred Fierch

During the current college summer sessions, three graduates of Royalton- Hartland are doing semesters in Europe, two in Italy and one in Spain.

Gabriella Smith, daughter of Craig and Heather Smith, and Cassidy Ohol, daughter of Lisa Haseley-Ohol, are both Rochester Institute of Technology students. They are enrolled in the Scuola de Italiano per Starnieri located in Genoa, Italy. The school hosts the Door To Italy Program which emphasizes language and culture education to be integrated into the students’ major program.

Both students are majoring in Museum Studies. Prior to the academic framework in Genoa, their group did a two-week orientation tour of Northern Italy which included cooking classes and museum visits, along with the history, culture and economics of the area.

Gabriella’s first project is to complete translations from Italian into English a current exhibition at the Museo Castelio D’Albertis. Also included in her tasks will be to assist in digitization of over 1,000 cabinet cards.

Cassidy also assisted in preparing the exhibition with her main focus being to catalogue the main library’s collection and input metadata. Both graduated from Roy-Hart in 2022.

Dominic Peracciny, second from right, is studying in Spain with architecture students from the University of Buffalo.

The third overseas student is Dominic Peracciny, son of Matt and Alexandra Peracciny.  Dominic is a student at University of Buffalo majoring in Architecture & Planning. His semester is at the University Pontifica de Salamanca in Madrid.

The group enrolled in this program are all architecture students, studying the context and production of Spanish architecture and its practitioners. Besides studio design, students are involved in seminars in which they explore Spanish master architects and visit landmarks in Madrid and throughout Spain.

These UB students will take weekend trips to other cities during their time in Spain including Toledo, Merida, Lisbon (Portugal), Sevilla, Granada, Segovia and Barcelona.  Dominic graduated from Roy- Hart in 2021. Upon completion of the semester, he and a few colleagues will make a quick pre-Olympic visit to Paris and he is also planning on being in Dublin for a few days prior to his return.