PEARL RIVER - Residents packed the gym at St. Margaret School Wednesday to cheer for school graduate and local Olympian Josephine Pucci as she competed on the women’s hockey team.

St. Margaret School held an early morning viewing party so students and staff could watch as the U.S. took on Canada before class.

Pucci had paid a visit to her alma mater before leaving for Russia.

Students News 12 spoke with say Pucci is their hero because she inspires them to follow their dreams.