He’s been co-editor of the school's newspaper, The Royal Times, for the past four years, hosted a T.V. program “Live at 5” before that in junior high school, and recently starred in CTK’s musical production of Phantom of the Opera - and he hasn’t even started college.
After careful consideration, Scarpati decided on attending Brooklyn College where he was accepted into the Macaulay Program. The program provides a four-year scholarship and grant money usually used for travel. Scarpati knows where's he's headed.
“I’d love to travel to Hollywood,” he said. “That’d be really cool.”
As for academics, Scarpati intends to double major in Film and Computer Information Technologies, something he’s always wanted to do. The areas of study won't be easy, but Scarpati said he's up for the challenge.
“I know it’s a pretty hard area of work to get into. It’s so competitive,” Scarpati said. “But Brooklyn has the best film studio, and that’s where I’d be doing high definition conversion.”
While finishing up his last year in high school, Scarpati finds time to write a monthly column which gives reviews of popular video games. He also writes stories on various other subjects, and edits his peers' stories as well.
Perhaps his biggest accomplishment this spring was his starring role in Phantom of the Opera. But don't expect Scarpati to seek the limelight on Broadway anytime soon.
One of his idols is award-winning film director and producer Steven Spielberg, the man behind such classics as E.T., Jurassic Park and the Indiana Jones movies. Scarpati said he hopes to follow in his footsteps by making movies on the big screen.
“I love the idea of filmmaking,” he said. “I always thought about how cool it would be to be part of a film and helping make [something for] millions of people to see.”