Emma Petrizzi wants her final year at Huntington High School to be her best one yet. The senior plans on playing three sports and jamming as much as she can into every single day. More than anything, she just wants to have fun.
A returning member of the Blue Devil varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams, Ms. Petrizzi is expected to play an integral role in all three sports. “I really just want to enjoy my senior year and choose a college that I’ll enjoy,” she said. “Going far in any sport playoffs would be a great way to end my time at Huntington.”
Ms. Petrizzi is taking a challenging slate of classes, including four Advanced Placement courses. The teenager is enrolled in AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Physics, AP English Literature and Composition, Honors Spanish and Introduction to Engineering.
The teenager plans participate in the activities of the Key Club, Interact Club and Huntington’s Habitat for Humanity chapter as well as serving on the high school’s Relay For Life committee. She will also be involved with the National Honor Society and the Math and Science honor societies.
Huntington senior Emma Petrizzi.
A pleasant, good natured and popular young woman, Ms. Petrizzi is well-liked by Huntington’s faculty and by her classmates, too. “I had Ms. [Deborah] Beck for AP Bio last year and she was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” the teenager said. “AP Biology is known to be a daunting course with a heavy workload, but Ms. Beck really helped me not only do well in the class, but enjoy it, too.”
Close relationships with her teachers have benefitted Ms. Petrizzi. “Another class I was intimidated by was World History in my freshman and sophomore years,” she said. “Getting through honors and my first AP class was a scary thought, but Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi was such a great teacher and she made the class a lot of fun and easier to learn. I also had Ms. Tedeschi my junior year for the Women’s Studies elective and she was the faculty advisor for the Interact Club.”
One of Huntington’s most readily identifiable athletes, Ms. Petrizzi loves the atmosphere that athletics provides. “Sports have been a huge part of my life at the high school,” she said. “Being on the competitive basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams has brought me closer with my teammates and even coaches like Coach [Elizabeth] Vogelsang, Coach [Marissa] Bergmann and Coach [Michael] Kaplan. Playing on the varsity basketball team and going far in the playoffs every year is such a fun experience for me. All of the teams I’ve been part of here are each truly like family.”
Emma is a great athlete and really smart,” senior Anna Gulizio said. “We’re both really excited for basketball season.”
Ms. Petrizzi has been looking at colleges such as Penn State, Drexel, Northeastern and Syracuse. “I’ve also been looking into architecture programs, though I'm not 100 percent set on that,” the senior said. “I may want to major in more of a science based field like nutrition or health science or some sort of engineering.”
While the teenager doesn’t intend to play on an NCAA Division I athletic team she does want to continue playing one or more sports. “I really hope to get involved with any sort of competitive basketball programs or intramural soccer and lacrosse that my college has to offer,” she said.
When graduation day finally rolls around next June, Ms. Petrizzi will be excited about what lies ahead, but sad to be leaving the school she has called home.
“Huntington has been a great experience for me,” Ms. Petrizzi said. “I’ve had an opportunity to be part of such a diverse environment filled with such great people. The clubs and sports I’ve been part of have kept me busy and also allowed me to do great things like building houses for Habitat and raising money for cancer research through Relay.”
No matter where life takes her, the teenager will always remember the relationships she has developed here. “Over the past three years I’ve gotten close to people I might not have before high school,” Ms. Petrizzi said. “I’ve made so many friends at Huntington through school, sports, clubs and other events like Relay For Life. Relay is probably my favorite event of the year and I love that I get to be part of it as a committee member.”
When it’s time to head off to college and move on to the next stage of her life, Ms. Petrizzi will leave behind many admirers among Huntington’s faculty and coaching corps.
“Emma has been a pleasure to coach since the seventh grade in both lacrosse and basketball,” Ms. Bergmann said. “She has always been a mature player with great leadership skills. I know wherever her next chapter takes her she will succeed because she is a very dedicated and driven person.”