Maya DelGiudice goes about her business in a quiet and understated way. The Huntington High School senior has always flown a little bit below the radar since her earliest days at Washington Primary School, but she’s always been a standout.
Ms. DelGiudice is one of the most well-informed teenagers you can find. She can hold her own in debates on public policy and the worthiness of candidates for political office. She’s articulate, quick witted and has a great sense of humor.
Huntington senior Maya DelGiudice.
The teenager’s senior year academic schedule includes classes in Advanced Placement Environmental Science, AP Research, Calculus, Economics, Participation in Government and Band.
The senior plans to make this a busy year between her classes, volunteering, sports and her other interests. “I would like to do as many Habitat for Humanity builds as I can,” Ms. DelGiudice said. The teenager intends to continue playing on the varsity softball team in the spring and she is thinking about participating in the school’s wind ensemble once again.
Ms. DelGiudice counts Megan Desmond, Joe Garetano, Cornelius O’Rourke, JT Duffy and Nina Danseglio as among her closest friends.
“Maya’s that friend who always has your back,” Ms. Danseglio said. “She has a genuine spirit and charisma that I’ve come to know through the years of laughs as we’ve become such close friends. Maya is her true self in any setting and it’s a beautiful thing.”
The teenager has traveled to Switzerland, Italy and France “and I loved it,” she said. “I’ve always been really interested in other cultures and places.”
Ms. DelGiudice is very well-informed politically. That’s not surprising considering her father is a college professor of politics, economics and law. “My mom and dad discuss the news a lot at home,” she said. “I try to keep myself up to date with everything that is going on, although sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the chaos. Participation in Government class with Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi definitely helps. I also enjoy reading articles on current events.”
The senior is considering several SUNY colleges, including New Paltz, Oswego and Oneonta. New Paltz is currently her No. 1. Ms. DelGiudice is interested in a career that in some way incorporates the humanities or history.
The teenager is tentatively planning to take a “gap” year between high school and college. “I’m still researching, but I might be doing volunteer farm work in Europe or looking at programs to help build schools in Third World areas,” Ms. DelGiudice said.
As she heads into her final months in the district, the senior is enjoying every day. “I really like Huntington as a high school,” Ms. DelGiudice said. “It’s very involved in the community and has a great staff and opportunities for everyone.”