Picciotti a 1982 graduate from Atholton was a premiere gymnast. She won the Howard County’s all-around title three times, while also earning several all-around championships at the Maryland Public Secondary School’s Athletic Association’s district, state and regional levels. The state and region title was the pinnacle of high school competition at the time. Picciotti was offered 36 college gymnastic scholarships and chose a full-ride to Auburn University where she won Gymnastics Athlete of the Year, the Edwin J. Bengston Award and the Most Valuable Gymnast Award. Picciotti is also a member of the Raiders athletic Hall of Fame.