Jai-la’ Bush is smiling her way to graduation in June. The Huntington High School senior has an award winning smile to go along with a fun and outgoing personality.
Ms. Bush attended Flower Hill Primary School. She has always lit up any room she walks into. The teenager’s closest friend is classmate Vennyse Green.
Huntington High School senior Jai-la' Bush
The senior’s current academic schedule includes classes in African-American Politics, Multicultural Literature, Marine Ecology, Financial Algebra, Economics and Astronomy
Ms. Bush is a key member of Huntington’s Ready Step team and she is a top thrower with the indoor and outdoor Blue Devil track and field teams.
The teenager is active with the high school’s club program as a member of AWOD (A World of Difference) and the Yearbook Club. She volunteers with Young Leaders, a community based youth development organization.
Ms. Bush’s all-time favorite teachers include Camille Tedeschi, Suzi Biagi and Jordan Schessler.
“Jai-la’ is full of life and driven to succeed,” Ms. Biagi said. “When she’s passionate about something, nothing can stop her. She loves her family and is as loyal as can be.”
Ms. Bush has worked hard to leave her mark on Huntington UFSD and she won’t be soon forgotten.
“Jai-la’ is awesome,” Ms. Tedeschi said. “She always has a big smile on her face and her personality is infectious. I loved being her teacher. Her period nine Global History 10R class has been one of my all-time favorites in my whole teaching career. She used to make me laugh so much while she was working hard and learning. I remember one of her favorite activities was the urban game and her reactions during that industrial revolution simulation were priceless. I can’t wait to see what she will continue to do after her time at Huntington High School. We need more students like Jai-la’. She will be missed. She is kind, considerate, funny, honest, smart and influential. Anyone who gets to know her will love her.”
The senior is interested in Hofstra University, College of St. Rose, University of Hartford and Johnson and Wales University. “I am interested in political science and then going on to law school for a career as a lawyer,” Ms. Bush said.
“Advice that I can give to incoming freshmen would be to know who your real friends are and make the best out of it when continuing the rest of your high school year,” Ms. Bush said.
Winning a Pride Award as a freshman and being named the Female Class of 2020 member with the Best Smile are highlights of Ms. Bush’s time at Huntington High School.
“I feel that my time in Huntington was eventful because I got to explore different clubs and developed great relationships with teachers and students,” Ms. Bush said.