Jacob Strieb accomplished enough during his four years at Huntington High School to fill several volumes. The Class of 2017 is a veritable academic dynamo and he has the grades, awards and respect of faculty members to prove it.
Mr. Strieb is this year’s recipient of the Suffolk County Executive’s Award for Public Service. He was recognized during Huntington’s senior academic awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.
The teenager is headed to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he plans to pursue an academic major in mathematics. Mr. Strieb said the key to his success has been “focusing on learning itself and thus becoming interested in the subject matter, leading to work becoming easier and more enjoyable.”
As the captain of Huntington Robotics, Mr. Strieb helped lead the team to the world championships in St. Louis last spring. He’s been with the squad since its earliest days and has watched it mature into a force to be reckoned with regionally and nationally.
Huntington guidance counselor Lauren Brunoni presented the award to Mr. Strieb on behalf of County Executive Steven Bellone. The teenager is even a great tennis and ping-pong player.
Mr. Strieb excelled in every academic area, but took special delight in mastering math and science courses. He helped spearhead Huntington Robotics’ community outreach initiatives, spreading the word about the group’s activities to folks of all ages across the town.
Carnegie Mellon boasts an undergraduate and graduate enrollment of about 14,000 students representing 109 countries. “Today, CMU is a global leader, bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses,” according to the university’s website. “Our award-winning faculty are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. We put a strong emphasis on creating things; from art to robots. We have become a model for economic development in forming partnerships with companies such as Uber, Google and Disney. Our students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.”