By: Haunani Nisa
Antonin Scalia is an American Associate Justice in the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Ronald Regan in September 26, 1986 and preceded by William Rehnquist. He also sits as the longest serving justice on the court. Justice Scalia is well known for his dissents, where he uses a colorful style of writing when opposing his colleagues.
Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was the only child to Parents Salvatore Eugene and Catherine Scalia. His father Eugene was born in Italy and worked as a Professor in Roman Languages at Brooklyn College. Antonin’s Mother was born in the United States and was a daughter of Italian Immigrant parents. She worked as an elementary school teacher. Growing up, Justice Scalia exceeded in all school academics. At the age of 6, Justice Scalia’s parents moved to Elmhurst Queens, New York. His parents pushed him to exceed in all of his school work and they never used Italian Language in the home. In a 60 minutes interview with Ruth Streeter, Scalia remembers his grades as an elementary student as always being an “A” student. When they visit his elementary school, they are surprised to find that the records office still held on to his grade records; and his memory proved to be true. After the Completion of his 8th Grade year, Antonin was awarded a scholarship to Xavier High School, which is a Military Catholic and Jesuit School in Manhattan. He graduated first in his class with summa cum laude. At Xavier his catholic faith was deepened, and he thought about becoming a priest, but in the end he decided that God was not calling him. After graduation he was rejected from Princeton University, which was his first college choice, so he enrolled into Georgetown University and graduated with his B.A in history in 1957. Justice Scalia was very ambitious, while studying at Georgetown he...