Suffolk Zone winners

Suffolk Zone Honors Six Huntington Students

Gavin Kata, Gianna Forte, Jordan Forte and Torin Bograd hold their certificates.

May 10, 2017

The Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has honored six Huntington students for their outstanding leadership, fitness, citizenship and excellence in physical education.

Woodhull sixth graders Gavin Kata and Gianna Forte, Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School sixth graders Lauren Gennarelli and Ian Husselbeck and J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth graders Torin Bograd and Jordan Forte were presented with the Suffolk Zone’s Physical Education Leadership Award.

The Huntington students were honored during a ceremony at Longwood High School last week. The evening program included a special entertainment piece that was related to physical education.

“It was a wonderful night honoring six students who are more than deserving of this award,” Finley physical education teacher Marissa Bergmann said. “They work hard each day in class, are outstanding role models and display an enormous amount of leadership with their peers.”

The New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is an organization comprised of teachers, coaches, community and worksite health professionals and college students studying for careers in those fields. It “supports, encourages, facilitates, advocates and promotes physically active and healthy lifestyles through school and community programs in health education, physical education, recreation and dance.”

The six Huntington honorees are all leaders among their classmates. They have excelled scholastically and athletically and have earned the respect and admiration of their teachers, coaches and advisors for their work ethic, responsibility and maturity.