Huntington High School Class of 2017 member Anthony Perna captured the Joseph Toles Foundation scholarship in recognition of his outstanding all-around performance and potential for future success.
The teenager was presented with a $250 award during Huntington’s senior academic awards ceremony in the high school auditorium. Guidance counselor Lauren Brunoni spoke about Mr. Perna, his achievements and what makes him so special.
Recognized last spring as a Distinguished Senior after compiling at least a 90 academic grade average during every semester of high school, Mr. Perna intends to study computer science at Syracuse University.
Huntington Class of 2017 member
Mr. Perna credits an “unwavering focus” and giving his “best efforts” as the keys to his success over the past four years. He participated in numerous school activities, including the track and field team and Huntington Robotics. The teenager won an assortment of academic awards.
Founded in June 2005 by Joseph Toles, the foundation’s mission “is to provide, locate, refer and subsidize social skills development seminars, workshops, retreats and camping experiences to children, parents, guardians and professionals who work towards the development of individuals and families,” according to its website. The organization’s focus is on community service, leadership and organizational excellence.
Mr. Perna posed with Mrs. Brunoni for a commemorative photo following the award presentation on the auditorium stage. The Syracuse University bound teenager received warm applause from a crowd of about 300 at the ceremony.
“The Joseph Toles Foundation envisions a day when children from all walks of life, all creeds and colors and all economic backgrounds are encouraged and nurtured to discover their own potential and individuality,” states the organization’s website. “The foundation sees children, parents, guardians and professionals working collaboratively toward family and personal growth that fosters cooperation, understanding, respect and trust in one another.”