Dwight Global Online School student Gabriele Badino, an eleventh-grade International Baccalaureate Diploma Program student, is known for his athletic ability on the ski slopes–as an alpine racer.
Badino has wins, medals, and records to validate his current chosen spark, and is a champion off the slopes, too, for his beloved school.
Gabriele has placed in the top 10 and better at national and international ski races for skiers under 16, and has won first place in regional finals super-g, sixth place in national slalom, and ninth place in an international race in the giant slalom.
“I’ve always been a sports lover!” Gabriele said, noting that several years ago he also passionately pursued soccer, and was enrolled for a time at the Juventus Academy in Turin, Italy, and in New York.
In 2021, Gabriele and his sister Beatrice, also a Dwight Global student, were both honored to receive an exclusive invitation to ski in Italy with the top 50 international skiers, and both have sponsorships with top brands for ski clothing.
For Gabriele, sports is only one area where he excels.
Selected as a Student Ambassador for Dwight Global, Gabriele also enjoys entrepreneurship, “getting good grades,” as he put it, and is an eloquent, articulate, off-the-cuff speaker and advocate for Dwight Global Online School. This year, Gabriele joined the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Dwight Global, and he is excited about the opportunity to pursue this academic pathway.
“I decided to choose the Diploma Program because I consider it very rigorous from an academic point of view and also globally recognized, with the possibility of a wide range of subjects both at standard and high level. I hope this journey will represent a distinctive factor for my future college decisions.”
IB DP Advantage
He continued: “In my eyes, the IB program is the most rigorous program in the world that opens up opportunities worldwide,” said Gabriele. “Whether it is an European college or in the US, the IB is recognized globally and its values aren’t found anywhere else. Apart from all the classes, everyday we are taught to be open-minded, responsible, and how to be the best version of ourselves to the world.”
Born in Turin, Italy, Gabriele spent the first eight years of his life there before moving to Luxembourg for four years. He speaks fluent English, Italian, French, and some German.
After Luxembourg, Gabriele spent two years at Dwight School New York, where he says he made many friends. In 2019, the Badino family moved back to Italy for their father, Marco Badino’s work.
Gabriele’s parents are fully supportive of his educational path. Marco said the time needed for training and the fact that skiing is only possible concentrated in a few months and in certain areas, often mountainous small villages without good educational opportunities, pushed the family to think “a little out of the box.”
“Having been at Dwight NY for two years, we were convinced that the academic level of Dwight was outstanding. The following step became natural, from “on the ground” schooling to online schooling,” said Marco. “There is less driving this way, and less time wasted. Both Gabriele and Beatrice are fully committed to this model and they are very structured in respecting scheduling for lessons and homework. That’s the key success factor…discipline and passion.”
Dwight Global has been the perfect fit, Gabriele agrees.
“Everyone at Dwight Global is so warm and helpful,” said Gabriele. “This school has been wonderful for me.”
“When my family told Stephen Spahn, the Chancellor of The Dwight Schools, that we had to move, he let us know about Dwight’s online program, which is how I found out about this beautiful community!” said Gabriele. “My sister and I wanted the flexibility to ski, and we also wanted the extremely high level of academics.”
“Dwight has helped me out tremendously in all aspects of my life, and I am thrilled Dwight Global offers the online IB DP,” Gabriele continued. “The community, the teachers, the classmates, everyone is supporting each other at all times, highs and lows, and that is why I love Dwight Global.”
Flexibility in the IB Diploma Program is the key success factor to combine competitive sport and school. “I share with all teachers my training schedule and we work together to create the perfect schedule to be on top of my academics, as well as skiing time,” Gabriele said.
As a Dwight Global Student Ambassador, Gabriele is available to talk about his school experiences with incoming students and their families. Independently, he has already recommended Dwight Global to friends outside the Dwight community.
Gabriele is inspired in the classroom as well as on the slopes, and says his economics class last year with teacher Ms. Nurit Praeger sparked an interest in his most recent endeavor: a clothing line he created and unrolled publicly in January, 2022.
“I conducted an investigation phase, and then I did a lot of research,” said Gabriele. “I got in contact with a printing company in Italy, worked out a contract, and my first launch was 50 hoodies. Now I have a website (www.4-lifers-official-website.com) and I am partnering with a Dwight student in the US to facilitate US shipping, as well as creating a new line of clothing with him, so stay tuned for that!”
Juggling his pursuit of excellence in academics and on the slopes seems natural for Gabriele, who has his sights set on college and skiing in the not-too-distant future.
“My dream is to get a scholarship to an American university to continue my skiing career and meanwhile study the things I love,” he said.
Marco summed up the family’s feelings, from a parent perspective:
“I strongly recommend the online IB program to anyone who has a passion and ambition for something outside school and at the same time doesn’t want to give up an outstanding academic curriculum. Discipline, passion, dedication are needed, but something almost impossible just some years ago is now feasible for global students. The kids also appreciate the global network of schoolmates they are building around them, and we hope in the future they can leverage this network to be world citizens ready to face global challenges.
“Discipline, time-management and a lot of commitment is required,” said Marco, “but if the student is ready to take on the challenge, the results Dwight Global education can bring are immense, and the opportunity to have an extremely high level education while still having the chance to pursue your passion is unmatched.”
Gabriele wearing a hat from his clothing brand.
By Caroline Crosson Gilpin, for Dwight Global Online School