Christi Reinertsen Captures Patrick McCourt Scholarship

Christiana Reinertsen with Michael McCourt at the scholarship presentation.

August 07, 2017

The Patrick Thomas McCourt Memorial Scholarship was created following a gut wrenching accident. A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 2006, the 22-year old was killed September 17, 2011 after being struck by two cars while walking along Veterans Memorial Highway in Holbrook at 5:30 a.m.

“As our tribute to Patrick, this scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a student who we feel embodies his spirit and legacy,” said Michael McCourt, who presented the 2017 award on behalf of his family during Huntington’s senior academic awards night in the high school auditorium.

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Huntington Class of 2017 member Christiana Reinertsen.

This year’s McCourt scholarship was awarded to Christiana Reinertsen, who is headed to the University of Scranton where she intends to study nursing. Her success can be traced to her persistence in school, participation in clubs and other extracurricular activities and the relationships she has forged with classmates and teachers.

Ms. Reinertsen was a positive force around the high school over the past four years. One of the Relay For Life’s general event chairs, she also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, traveling with the group to New Orleans to help rebuild housing destroyed a decade ago by Hurricane Katrina. She also captained the Highsteppers competitive dance team, which reached the national championships in Orlando.

Well-liked by everyone, Ms. Reinertsen earned stellar grades, garnering the designation of Distinguished Senior after compiling an academic grade average of 90 or higher during every semester of high school. The McCourt scholarship selection committee was clearly impressed with the teenager.

“Patrick was a serious student, a quick wit, a true friend, a helpful neighbor and a responsible citizen; a young man of solid integrity,” said Mr. McCourt at the scholarship presentation ceremony. “Well-loved and admired, he is sorely missed by many.”

Patrick Thomas McCourt was born October 20, 1988. He was a popular figure around Huntington, performing in the marching band, serving as captain of the Blue Devil fencing team and participating in various school activities.

During his years at Huntington High School, Mr. McCourt was very well-liked and developed close relationships with a core group of friends, along with many others. He graduated from George Washington University, focusing his studies on civil engineering. He quickly found work in the field shortly after his college graduation.

In addition to his brother, Michael, Mr. McCourt is survived by his parents, Patrick and Mary and his sisters, Kiera and Meredith.

In the 2006 edition of The Huntingtonian, Huntington High School’s annual yearbook, Mr. McCourt’s photo appears on page 38, along with the senior quote he chose from comedian Steven Wright: “I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”

Patrick Thomas McCourt Memorial Scholarship Recipients

  • 2017 Christiana Reinertsen
  • 2016 Santos Garcia Avelar
  • 2015 Brandon Mendez
  • 2014 Rachel Feltman
  • 2013 Daniel Moya
  • 2012 Thomas Hardardt
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Patrick McCourt (left) on the job on the Williamsburg Bridge.
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Patrick McCourt as a Huntington HIgh School senior.