Duo Captures Board Award

Blue Devil Duo Captures Town Board Honors

Huntington seniors Lawrence Leake and Ryann Gaffney are flanked by school officials at Town Hall.

May 11, 2017

Huntington Town Board members honored Huntington High School seniors Lawrence Leake and Ryann Gaffney during a public meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday night. The dynamic teenagers were recognized for their outstanding scholarship, community service and athletic achievements.

Councilwoman Tracey A. Edwards spoke eloquently about the teenagers. Huntington School Board President Thomas DiGiacomo, Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky, Huntington High School Assistant Principal Gamal Smith were all on hand for the awards presentation.

“As a senior, Lawrence Leake has excelled in many areas,” Ms. Edwards said. “Lawrence has taken his academics very seriously and his teachers consider him one of the hardest workers in class who always participates and a student who will stick with something until it is accomplished. As a member of the Young Leaders [youth development organization] and Natural Helpers club, he knows the importance of helping others in our community. He is passionate about creating positive opportunities for teens and adolescents through athletics, seminars, homework help and a variety of other projects.”

Lawrence Leake and Ryann Gaffney
Huntington seniors Lawrence Leake and Ryann Gaffney were honored by the Town Board.

A member of the football, lacrosse, winter and spring track and field teams, Mr. Leake is a county, state and national track champion. A top sprinter, jumper and relay team member, the teenager was recruited by many big name colleges before choosing to attend Georgetown University, where he plans to run track for the Hoyas.

Suffolk track coaches named Mr. Leake one of the top five athletes in the county. Known for his determination and motivational leadership, the teenager plans to study business management in college.

“We would like to congratulate Lawrence for being an outstanding student-athlete and we all wish him the best as he continues his academic and athletic career at Georgetown University,” Ms. Edwards said.

Ms. Gaffney is equally distinguished, standing out among her peers as both a scholar and athlete. The teenager boasts an academic average of 104 and she has starred on the soccer, winter track and lacrosse teams.

“Ryann has continually challenged herself with a strong course selection of honors and Advanced Placement classes while being a member of four honor societies,” Ms. Edwards said. A member of the Interact club, she has done many things to help service the needs of the Huntington community.”

A New York State Scholar Athlete Award recipient, Ms. Gaffney has captained teams in all three of her sports. She’s earned post-season honors in each of them and was recruited by a long list of colleges before choosing to play lacrosse at Boston University.

“Ryann’s teachers are impressed with her work ethic and find her devotion to her studies, clubs and athletics to be uplifting,” Ms. Edwards said. “She will be missed as a student and as an athlete.”

Following the ceremony, the Huntington duo posed for a series of photos with school officials.