Huntington High School Class of 2018 member John D’Angelo has garnered the 2018 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 last month. School counselor Bernadette Walsh spoke about Mr. D’Angelo, his achievements and what makes him so special.
Joseph Toles Scholarship Award recipient John D'Angelo with school counselor Bernadette Walsh
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. D’Angelo posed with Mrs. Walsh for a commemorative photo following the award presentation on the auditorium stage. The Suffolk County Community College bound teenager received hearty applause from a crowd of about 300 at the ceremony. He plans to study criminal justice in anticipation of a career as a police officer.
“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.”