Finneas Tucker has his eyes on the future. The recent Huntington High School graduate is interested in entering a highly technical career field and he believes the University at Buffalo will prepare him well for the challenges he faces ahead.
“I chose the University at Buffalo because of its biomedical engineering program,” said Mr. Tucker, who graduated with the Class of 2018 last night at Huntington’s 157th commencement exercises. “It is one of the schools that offers direct assess into the major for students with strong credentials. I was offered direct assess. I also liked that they have a fencing club so I can continue to be involved in the sport.”
Huntington High School senior Finneas Tucker.
Mr. Tucker has been one of the Blue Devil fencing team’s finest competitors. As a senior, he was first team All-League and honorable mention All-County in epee. He compiled a 14-7 overall record in epee.
Prior to finalizing his plans to attend the University at Buffalo, Mr. Tucker considered Binghamton University, New York Institute of Technology, University of Alabama, University at Albany, SUNY Oneonta, City College of New York, Grove School and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Tucker has been involved in Cub Scouts/Boys Scouts since second grade. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was on the Blue Devil fencing team for five years and played trombone with Huntington’s marching band for three years.
The teenager’s senior year academic schedule included Advanced Placement Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP Microeconomics, AP Government and Politics and AP Research.
Mr. Tucker’s career interests lie in “something in the biomedical engineering field,” he said. “Huntington science teacher Lori Kenny has been a big influence in my choosing biomedical engineering. I first learned about the field in her science research class in ninth grade.”
Some of the highlights of the past four years include winning the state marching band championship as a freshman, competing in numerous fencing tournaments and qualifying for the county championships each year and being honored as a Distinguished Senior last April after compiling an academic grade average of at least a 90 during every semester of high school.
“I feel both excited and nervous for what comes next,” Mr. Tucker said. “I will miss my friends and family while I’m away, but I am excited for all college has to offer.”