Jared Leake’s genial nature and hardnosed competitiveness will always be remembered around Huntington High School, where he won varsity letters with the Blue Devil football, wrestling, indoor track and field and lacrosse teams.
The teenager is getting ready for his first day of classes at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Mr. Leake plans to play on the football team there.
One of the best athletes in Huntington’s Class of 2017, Mr. Leake is regarded by his classmates and teachers as an all-around good guy. Personable, well-spoken, respectful and possessing a great sense of humor, he makes friends easily.
Mr. Leake isn’t sure what he wants to major in at Hobart, which has an enrollment of about 2,350 undergraduates. He has the personality and aptitude to do just about anything he settles on, but he’ll take his time deciding.
Huntington Class of 2017 member
The Huntington Fire Department recognized Mr. Leake’s exceptional athletic skills by presenting the teenager with this year’s Ex-Chief Jimmy Martin Award for Football, which carries with it a $500 stipend.
Mr. Martin passed away on January 14, 2014. A member of the Huntington Fire Department for over 40 years, he worked for the Town of Huntington for three decades.
An animated football fan, Mr. Martin could be found in the Blue Devil Stadium bleachers at every Huntington varsity football game. He always shouted plenty of advice to players and coaches – and referees, too.
Mr. Leake has the type of athletic abilities that are adaptable to any sport. He’s fast, strong, agile and exceedingly well coordinated. He a leader among his teammates and is a superb role model for players of all ages.
“Jared left it all out on the field for us,” Huntington head coach Steve Muller said. “He did everything we asked of him and he did it with a smile on his face. He’s gritty and determined and he’s a great teammate.”
After a fine run with the Blue Devil wrestling team, Mr. Leake decided to try his hand at winter track and field and he made notable contributions to that squad. “Jared was outstanding with us,” head coach Ronald Wilson said. “He gave us everything he had and the team loved having him around at all of our meets. He fit in perfectly.”
An outstanding lacrosse player throughout high school, Mr. Leake was a Coaches Award recipient. He was named the football team’s defensive MVP.
Huntington college counselor Bernadette Walsh presented the Ex-Chief Jimmy Martin Sr. Award for Football to Mr. Leake during the senior academic awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.
Ex-Chief Jimmy Martin Sr. Award for Football
- 2017 Jared Leake
- 2016 Amaru Jones
- 2015 Keegan Reilly
- 2014 Nicholas Arleo