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Whiz Kid: Genevieve Lipinsky

Helping others has changed her life

 

Whiz Kid: Genevieve Lipinsky

School:  Senior at John Jay High School

Whiz Kid Accomplishment: Co-President of the Bridges to Community club at , this honor student is part of a group of 19 students and three chaperones that will travel to a rural village in Nicaragua next April to help build homes for those in need.

Whiz Kid’s Key to Awesomeness: Going to Nicaragua has become a Spring Break ritual for Genevieve Lipinsky. After being inspired by her older sister, who was involved with Bridges to Community years ago, Lipinsky became an active member herself. The non-profit community organization takes volunteers to developing countries to offer help and support for building programs.

This dedicated high school senior has already traveled to Nicaragua on four previous trips with the club. In April, she will go to a village called Palestina, to do hands-on work—laying cinderblocks, mixing cement and assisting local masons to build  two-family homes. The country is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti.

“This has been such a life-changing experience for me,” says Lipinsky. “To be exposed to a different culture, to see such warm, welcoming people has touched me so much.”

She says the real gratification has been from seeing the impact their work has made on all of the family’s lives, when she returns to Nicaragua.

“A tiled floor and a roof that will not fall apart takes so much stress away—they remember us and welcome us back,” Lipinsky said.

The club has held fundraisers that will help cover the cost of the trip fee and the generous community support has provided for some building material costs as well, she says.

This commitment to service has sparked an interest in learning about people all around the world for Lipinsky, as she looks toward her future career.

 “I will attend George Washington University next fall,” she says. “And I definitely want to study anthropology.”

MaryJane Fusco February 23, 2011 at 03:18 PM
It would be helpful to older members of the community if you told us the names of the parents of these remarkable students. I have a feeling that her father went to John Jay High School and is the son of the long time director of the John Jay Homestead.
Cooper10526 February 23, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Way to go Genevieve...my neighbor and an incredible kid who is going to change the world!
Chris Hewitt February 23, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I know her parents, Lucian and Ann Marie Lipinsky de Orlov. You are right, Lucian went to John Jay High School and Ann Marie currently teaches AP Bio and Science Research at John Jay HS. Also correct is that Genevieve's grandfather, Lino Lipinsky de Orlov, was the Curator of John Jay Homestead from 1968 until he died in 1988. Lino also created the Bedford Court House Museum, the Pound Ridge Museum, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, NY and other historical preservations. He was a world-renowned artist with his works in the permanent collections of major museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Genevieve also actively rides with Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
MaryJane Fusco February 23, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Thanks for the comment. Lino Lipinsky deOrlove was not only a wonderful artist, and curator but a truly lovely charming man. I'm sure he is very proud of his grand daughter. Congratulations to Genevieve's parents for raising such a daughter.
Jessie Jafet February 24, 2011 at 06:16 PM
That is a good idea, MaryJane, to include the names of the parents of our featured Whiz Kids. Thank you for suggesting it.

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