Sophie Dellecave is this year’s recipient of Huntington High School’s Outstanding Achievement in Ceramics and Sculpture Award, which carries a stipend of $150.
A member of Huntington’s Class of 2019, Ms. Dellecave will be attending the College of Charleston. A member of the high school’s National Honor Society and Art Honor Society chapters, she was a mainstay in the varsity girls’ winter and spring track and field programs.
Ms. Dellecave volunteered with Huntington’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, participated in the Young Leaders youth development organization and was a four year member of the high school’s Grandfriends Club, pitching in to make the group’s annual senior-senior prom a success.
The teenager feels that Huntington High School is a “unique, welcoming and diverse environment, which is everything I could have asked for.”
Ms. Dellecave attributes her success to coming to school with “a positive attitude and finding comedy in every situation.”
Sarah Dabydeen to Study at Nova Southeastern
Huntington Class of 2019 member Sarah Dabydeen plans to study biology at Nova Southeastern University.
Huntington Class of 2019 member Sarah Dabydeen is headed to Nova Southeastern University in Florida to study biology.
Ms. Dabydeen has been volunteering at Huntington Hospital. She was a regular participant in Huntington’s Relay For Life.
The teenager attributes her success to “working bard, getting help from teaching and support from my family.”
HHS Honor Society Advisors Named
Huntington School Board members have approved faculty advisors for each of the academic honor societies at Huntington High School.
Patricia Avelli and Tara Fisher will serve as Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter faculty advisors. Brian Stellato is the Tri-M Music Honor Society advisor and Kenneth Donovan is the Social Studies Honor Society advisor.
Keith Mattis and Monica Racz are the Math Honor Society advisors. Dame Forbes and Lori Kenny are returning as the Science Honor Society advisors. Aimee Antorino and Helen Guarino are the English Honor Society’s faculty advisors.
World language honor society advisors include Deidre Meyer (French), Natalia Kopshti (Italian), Kristin Fortunato (Latin), Nadine Araoz (Spanish) and Maria Gonzalez (Spanish).
Julianna Joseph-Whyte to Study at SUNY Oswego
Huntington Class of 2019 member Julianna Joseph-Whyte is headed to SUNY College of Oswego to study to become a high school physics teacher.
A Blue Devil marching band member for five years and a flute section leader as a senior, Ms. Joseph-Whyte also performed with the high school pit orchestra.
Ms. Joseph-Whyte said her success “revolves around” always trying her best in class and asking for help when needed. Honored as a Distinguished Senior after compiling an excellent academic record, she was well-known for an impressive work ethic.
Ariana Strieb Captures Political Action Award
Huntington Class of 2019 member Ariana Strieb has garnered this year’s Political Action Award. The teenager is headed to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in Dutchess County. She plans to study human rights.
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Ms. Strieb was a member of Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter as well as its English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She was honored as a Distinguished Senior last spring.
President of the Women’s Empowerment Club and co-president of both the Gay Straight Alliance and the Spanish Honor Society, Ms. Strieb was a Natural Helper, assisting classmates as they work through difficult personal situations. She was the Spanish editor and a translator for The Dispatch, the high school’s student newspaper.
Ms. Strieb said the key to her success has been balancing her schoolwork and “focusing” her energy and attention on the activities and areas she loves the most.
Charles Sze to Study Biology at Binghamton
Huntington Class of 2019 member Charles Sze plans to study biology at Binghamton University in preparation for a career as an optometrist. He was honored as a Distinguished Senior last spring.
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Mr. Sze was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
A member of the Blue Devil marching band and the Environmental Club, Mr. Sze was the Math Honor Society’s secretary. An honorable mention award recipient in the Long Island Science Congress competition, he credits “good time management” for his ability to earn exceptional grades while participating in an assortment of activities.
Isabellarose Malone Wins Drawing & Painting Award
Huntington Class of 2019 member Isabellarose Malone is this year’s recipient of the high school’s Outstanding Achievement in Drawing and Painting Award, which includes a $150 stipend.
Ms. Malone plans to study illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She was inducted into Huntington’s Art Honor Society and French Honor Society chapters.
The teenager was a member of the Interact Club and was on the staff of the high school’s Et Cetera literary magazine. She worked closely with art teacher Kristin Singer throughout high school.
Ms. Malone said she “learned how to manage a balance between school and life” and that it “sealed” her success. She said Huntington High School art classes helped her to develop her skills “artistically and as a person.”
Kaitlyn Sage Garners Teddy Roosevelt Renaissance American Award
Huntington Class of 2019 member Kaitlyn Sage has garnered this year’s Teddy Roosevelt Renaissance American Award. Chairman of Humanities Joseph Leavy made the formal presentation at the high school’s senior academic awards ceremony.
There are few people in the town today who know about the speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt on July 4, 1903, in what was then an open field just north of the present day intersection of New York Avenue and Gerard Street in Huntington village. TR was on hand as the guest speaker at the 250th anniversary celebration of the town’s founding.
Ms. Sage and fellow Class of 2019 member Luke Farrell spent a year researching the event and documenting the visit. The two teenagers spurred the installation of a historical marker at the site of the presidential speech. It was unveiled last fall.
An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Ms. Sage plans to study animal science at North Carolina State University in preparation for a career as a veterinarian. President of the Latin Honor Society, she was also a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
Vice president of the Chinese Club and treasurer of the Class of 2019, Ms. Sage also participated in Huntington’s Interact Club and Key Club, performing public service with both organizations.
Widely regarded as a self-motivated young woman, Ms. Sage is known for her willingness to make personal and social sacrifices to help reach her goals.
Edgar Rivas Lizama Wins Appliance World of Huntington Scholarship
Huntington Class of 2019 member Edgar Rivas Lizama has won the Appliance World of Huntington scholarship, which includes a $500 stipend.
Appliance World of Huntington decided it wanted to “give something back” to the young people of the community, so it reached out to the Huntington School District and offered to present a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior with an exemplary record of service on the local, state or national level.
Appliance World’s DeAnna Meringola presented the scholarship to Mr. Lizama during Huntington High School’s senior academic awards ceremony.
Mr. Lizama is headed to Suffolk Community College to study computer science. He has many goals including “becoming like Stephen Hawking.” In five short years since immigrating to the USA from his native El Salvador the teenager has compiled a fine academic and co-curricular record and he has a work ethic that simply cannot be beat.
Mr. Lizama was among a select group of high school students across the state to participate in the Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany that involved researching legislative initiatives, developing public speaking and leadership skills, meeting with state officials and participating in a mock State Assembly in the actual Assembly chamber and debating and voting on proposed legislation.
A family owned business, Appliance World opened its doors in 1992. It is located at 414 New York Avenue in Huntington village. The company also has a store in Oyster Bay.
Katie Riley Captures NHD Excellence in Research Award
Katie Riley is this year’s recipient of the National History Day Excellence in Research Award. The Huntington High School Class of 2019 member won gold medals in local, regional and state National History Day competitions. She has enrolled in a dual bachelor/master’s degree program at Quinnipiac University that will prepare her for a career as a physician assistant.
Titled “Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP): Winning Their War,” Ms. Riley’s award winning research project detailed the history of one of the least known stories of World War II.
Ms. Riley was also accepted into the physician assistant programs at Drexel University, LeMoyne College and St. Francis University
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Ms. Riley was inducted into Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter as well as the Math, Social Studies, English, Spanish and Tri-M Music Honor Societies.
Co-captain of her Relay For Life team as a sophomore and junior, Ms. Riley was a Natural Helper throughout high school, helping others sort through their personal challenges. She articipated in the Interact Club in each of the past four years, serving as its historian. She was also a four year member of the Grandfriends Club and was in the Environmental Club since tenth grade.
President of Huntington High School’s senior band, Ms. Riley played French horn since fourth grade. She’s was a member of the wind ensemble and pit orchestra for the past four years and was a member of the All-County band and All-County orchestra and a regular participant in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual Day of Horn.
The Blue Devil marching band’s drum major as a junior and senior, Ms. Riley traveled internationally and participated in the high school’s robotics program for many years.
Woodhull Reconstruction Projects Yields Impressive Results
When the buses roll into Woodhull Intermediate School for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 4 the youngsters are sure to be impressed.
Over the past several weeks, Woodhull’s curbs, sidewalks and parking field have all been reconstructed, including the installation of a new permanent parking lot where a temporary bluestone one previously existed to the north of the school. The new lot can handle more than 30 vehicles.
The project includes newly painted designated walkways across the parking field, traffic flow islands and curb/sidewalk features to enhance movements for those utilizing wheelchairs or other walking aids. Bus lanes for loading and unloading students have also been marked in yellow paint.
The project was the first large scale reconstruction of curbs, sidewalks and parking fields since Woodhull Elementary School opened in late January 1967.
A new security vestibule is also in the process of being installed outside the original front entrance to Woodhull, under the canopy. The new vestibule will enhance the building’s security and safety features.
New modern and markedly more efficient boilers have also been installed at Woodhull, replacing the building’s original units. The new boilers will produce energy related savings while also providing more reliable heating in every area of the school.
All of the projects are being funded via the district’s Building Improvement Fund, which contains surplus budget monies. By utilizing a capital reserve the district has been able to avoid incurring debt and the resulting interest. Huntington UFSD’s long-term debt is below $1.5 million and will be completely paid off in the near future. District residents approved creation of the Building Improvement Fund and also approved all of the capital projects.