Michaela Carnesi Aims High as a Huntington Senior

Huntington's Michaela Carnesi (right) with the ball. (Mike Connell photo.)

September 2, 2016

Michaela Carnesi is aiming high for her senior year at Huntington High School. The teenager has developed a set of goals and considering her drive and persistence no one should underestimate the determined young woman in her quest to accomplish each one of them.

The senior has a lot on her plate right now, but Ms. Carnesi seems capable of juggling many balls at once. “This year I am applying to Muhlenberg College, Sacred Heart University, Manhattan College, Manhattanville College, Villanova University, SUNY Cortland and SUNY New Paltz,” she said. “Although I have not decided on a major yet, I am currently exploring special education, psychology and legal studies.”

Each new day is an adventure for Ms. Carnesi, who likes to keep busy. The teenager challenges herself and is constantly trying to learn new things.

“Overall, I have had a wonderful experience at Huntington High School,” Ms. Carnesi said. “I have met so many amazing people, made friends and have had teachers that have dedicated their lives to see their students succeed. I will miss Huntington so much because it has given me such a great experience with so many different people. It has challenged me academically, as well as socially. As I enter my last year at Huntington, I can say that Huntington has prepared me for life in college, as well as in the world. I am truly thankful for the years that Huntington has given me and I can never imagine spending them anywhere else.”

Ms. Carnesi is hoping to make her final year of high school her best one yet. She’s sketched out a year that includes interesting classes, sports, clubs and honor societies. She plans to get involved with as many activities as time allows.

“This year I am hoping to accomplish many things,” Ms. Carnesi said. “My biggest hope is that I am accepted into Muhlenberg College, which is my dream school. When I visited it for the first time, I instantly fell in love.”

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Huntington senior Michaela Carnesi.

Now in her third year on the Blue Devil varsity field hockey team, Ms. Carnesi has become a leader. She hopes to play on Muhlenberg’s team next fall.

President of Huntington’s Spanish Honor Society, Ms. Carnesi said she hopes “to bring more awareness to the honor society and have the society work for the community not only the high school.”

The teenager also plans to pursue membership in the National Honor Society to further her interest in serving the community at large. “And, of course, I am hoping to earn commendable grades in all of my classes,” Ms. Carnesi said.

The senior is enrolled in Advanced Placement Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Literature and Composition, Physics, Spanish V Honors, Psychology and Economics. In addition to the Spanish Honor Society she’s also a member of the Tri-M Music, English and Social Studies Honor Societies and she plans on getting involved in the activities of each of those organizations.

“Throughout my time in Huntington I have had such amazing teachers, but there are a few that will always hold a special place in my heart,” Ms. Carnesi said. “Mrs. [Lynn] Hendricks has been one of the most dedicated and hardworking teachers I have ever had. I had her in ninth grade for geometry and I struggled, but Mrs. Hendricks did whatever she could to make sure that I succeeded. I was in her room every morning at 6:30 for extra help. Mrs. Hendricks was always cheerful and motivated me to surpass the average. I also had Mrs. Hendricks for tenth grade Algebra 2 Trig. Tenth grade was the same as ninth; Mrs. Hendricks was still helping me to reach success. She wasn’t just my math teacher, she was someone that I always knew I could rely on.”

Kenneth Donovan is another special teacher in Ms. Carnesi’s life. “In eleventh grade I had Mr. Donovan as my teacher for AP United States History,” she said. “Before high school, I had him for a quarter at Finley Middle School. Before Finley, I attended St. Patrick’s School. I will never forget how on the first day of school at Finley, there was a power outage when I was in Mr. Donovan’s class. That day we talked all about Finley, St. Pats, how I liked my new school and how I was adjusting. Not only does Mr. Donovan care about his student’s academics, but he truly cares about their well-being.”

Ms. Carnesi has also developed a strong relationship with varsity field hockey coach Kathy Wright. The teenager is a key player on the team this year and she’s ready for a stellar campaign.

“Coach Wright has not only taught me how to thrive as a player, but she has also taught me grit,” the senior said. “This will be my third season playing on the varsity team for Coach Wright. The past seasons have taught me that you must work for everything and not to expect anything. Unless you work hard, nothing will be given to you. Coach Wright has pushed me farther than I ever could have imagined. Her hard work and dedication has turned our team into a force to be reckoned with. As I enter my last season playing for Coach Wright, I am so thankful for the dedication she has given the team and how she has helped turn me into a great player.”

Ms. Carnesi and high school guidance counselor Steve Lashin has also hit it off with each other. “He has had a profound impact on my life at Huntington,” the teenager said. “Mr. Lashin is another faculty member that not only cares about academics, but also about students and their lives outside of school. All through my time at Huntington, Mr. Lashin has been more than helpful. His door is always open and he is always willing to talk. I cannot count how many times I have stopped in to see him and he has welcomed me in to help sort through difficult decisions, stress and my life outside of school. I am so thankful to have had someone that was always available and willing to help me with the tough things in life.”

Highlights of Ms. Carnesi’s time at Huntington High School have been playing on the field hockey team and singing in the choir and a capella groups. “Field Hockey has become one of the most important aspects of my life and has given me so many new friends, as well as a second family,” she said. “Singing is a passion that I have had ever since I was a little girl. It’s been a great experience singing with people that share the same passion.”

As the new school year gets underway, Ms. Carnesi is determined to work hard and accomplish all of her goals, one at a time and have fun doing it.