Paige Lennon and Henry Cartwright are two of the leading members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2019, sparkling academically, athletically and socially and securing the respect and affection of their teachers, coaches and classmates.
The senior duo’s outstanding academic performance, impressive character, superb citizenship and exceptional abilities were formally recognized by the Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance during a dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook this past Wednesday night.
Huntington seniors Paige Lennon and Henry Cartwright
were honored by the Suffolk Zone of the NYSAHPERD.
Superintendent James W. Polansky and Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack attended the dinner along with Ms. Lennon and Mr. Cartwright and their parents.
“We are so proud of Paige and Henry for receiving this wonderful honor and for their outstanding performance over the past four years,” said Georgia McCarthy, district director of health, physical education and interscholastic athletics..
The Suffolk Zone annually honors one senior male and female student from each high school in the county. The award recognizes outstanding performance in physical education class over the course of high school.
“Congratulations are in order for these two outstanding young people,” Mr. Polansky said. “Paige and Henry continue to leave it all in the classroom and on the field. It was a pleasure to share the evening with them and their families, and to help honor their ongoing accomplishments. A bright future lies ahead for both of them in all regards!”
To be eligible for the Suffolk Zone Award students must have earned at least a 90 average in physical education class and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in all classes prior to the senior year, demonstrate outstanding character, show leadership skills in both physical education class and general school-wide activities and serve as a role model for other students.
Ms. Lennon carries an overall academic average of 90 and an average of 99 in physical education. She has served as captain of the varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.
“I am very honored to receive such an outstanding award,” Ms. Lennon said. “It means a lot to know that working hard can help you achieve great things. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”
A member of Huntington High School’s Interact Club and Key Club chapters, the teenager has consistently qualified for the Honor Roll academically. She participates in the Young Leaders youth development organization, volunteering for many community service projects.
The Blue Devil star has won numerous post-season honors as an athlete. Ms. Lennon plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point in the fall. She is interested in studying criminal justice.
“Physical education has taught me how to be a leader,” Ms. Lennon said. “It has also showed me how to overcome tough obstacles while working with my classmates.”
Mr. Cartwright has starred on the Blue Devil football, swimming and lacrosse teams. He has assumed leadership roles as the treasurer of Huntington High School’s student government and as the co-vice president of the Young Leaders youth development organization.
The teenager has compiled a 96 overall academic grade average and a 100 in physical education. A member of Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter, Mr. Cartwright has also been inducted into the Science, English and Math honor societies.
Mr. Cartwright plans to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He is interested in studying aeronautical engineering.
“Physical education has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with students who I would normally never meet,” Mr. Cartwright said. “I enjoyed all of the activities that were provided in physical education class.”