Madelyn Reed has been quietly impressing everyone at Huntington High School, where the teenager is one of the top members of the junior class.
Ms. Reed is a dynamic young woman who has already distinguished herself in every possible area. A member of several academic honor societies, the junior is vice president of Huntington’s Class of 2020, one of the top volleyball players on Long Island and a key member of the high school’s wind ensemble.
Huntington High School junior Maddie Reed. (Darin Reed photo.)
The teenager’s current year academic schedule includes classes in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, AP United States History, Honors Pre-Calculus AB, Regents Physics, Advanced Photo, Senior Band and Virtual Enterprise, a new business course. She is the vice president of human resources for her VE class company.
Ms. Reed considers Bella Neira and Cat Jamison to be her best friends, but she is also close to Steli Vlahos, Maggie Lalor, Julien Rentsch and Chris Mavrogian.
“Maddie Reed is my best friend on and on off the court,” Ms. Jamison said. “She is an amazing friend and anyone by her side is extremely lucky.”
The teenager and her friends are incredibly loyal and supportive of one another. “Maddie is a hardworking person, which is something that can be seen through her commitment to student government,” Mr. Rentsch said. “She’s a very funny person who can lighten the mood at any time and is just an overall good friend to be around.”
Throughout her time in the district, the teenager has been a favorite of teachers. She also has her own faculty favorites. “I really liked Mrs. [Lauren] Desiderio in ninth and tenth grades, as well as Mr. [Brian] Stellato,” Ms. Reed said. “And this year I really like Mrs. [Paige] Furman. She’s my teacher for Virtual Enterprise and my faculty advisor for student government.”
“Maddie is such a special young woman,” Mrs. Furman said. “She is smart, determined and above all, kind. I’ve gotten to know her through student government and now as a student in my Virtual Enterprise class. In all of her roles, she brings 110percent to the table. In the new VE course, she took on the role as vice president of marketing and has led her team with tenacity, patience and integrity. She’s just a natural leader and inspires everyone around her.”
Ms. Reed is one of the high school’s top musicians, too. “Maddie is an incredibly talented flute player and dedicated member of the music department,” Mr. Stellato said. “She’s enthusiastic, hardworking and dependable and always has a smile on her face.”
The junior has consistently earned a spot on Huntington High School’s High Honor Roll. She is exceedingly well-liked by faculty members in every department and is adored by her classmates.
Ms. Reed works very hard in every class and her transcript displays the fruit of her efforts. She’s a high achiever who manages all of her responsibilities and commitments well, although it often takes a Herculean effort to give everything it’s just due.
“Maddie Reed was an absolute pleasure to have as a student,” Mrs. Desiderio said. “I consider myself very lucky in that I often get to teach my students for two consecutive years. Maddie’s positive, bubbly and energetic personality made every day of class enjoyable. On a daily basis Maddie would ask me how my day was going. I miss Maddie’s humorous comments and positive contributions to our class discussions. She was truly one of the most respectful and helpful students I have taught. Maddie is the type of student that every teacher hopes to have in their classroom as she influenced others in positive ways, valued hard work and exhibited resilience. A well-rounded student-athlete, Maddie has a very bright future ahead of her.”
The junior is starting to think about what comes after high school and is looking into potential colleges that might be a good fit for her interests. “I don’t know exactly where I want to go,” Ms. Reed said. “But I want to study business and entrepreneurship and hopefully start my own business one day.”
Articulate, insightful, kind and compassionate, Ms. Reed is capable of carrying on an intelligent conversation on just about any topic. She has a strong will and is a leader among her classmates and teammates and she’s respected by everyone.
“I’ve loved everything that Huntington has been able to do for me,” Ms. Reed said. “There’s been endless opportunities for me to get involved in something new. For example, I didn’t get involved in student government until sophomore year and looking back, I’m so glad I did because I’ve been able to create so many new friendships and get involved in some great volunteer opportunities because of it. I also feel super lucky to have a school that offers so many different electives so I can try new things that I may be interested in for the future; like the virtual enterprise class, which really sold me on business being a field I want to study in.”