James Crugnale is an exceptionally creative and hardworking young man. The Huntington Class of 2019 member is both technologically and mechanically gifted. He simply loves cars and feels drawn to a career as a mechanic.
Mr. Crugnale is the recipient of this year’s AloeTech Inc. Automotive Scholarship Award. The scholarship includes a $250 cash stipend and a package of tools valued at nearly $1,000.
The teenager has been accepted into the automotive service specialist program at Suffolk Community College’s main campus in Selden. The program is housed in a state of the art training facility.
Located at 514 New York Avenue in Huntington Village, AloeTech is owned by Huntington UFSD parents Franco and Lauralynn Aloe, who are sending their boys through the district. Their auto shop provides a complete set of services to customers.
Mr. Crugnale was formally presented with the scholarship at Huntington High School’s senior academic awards night. Naturally, he was quite excited to be recognized for the knowledge he has gained over the years and the skills he has developed.
Yoselyn Franco Serrano Captures ALIVE Scholarship
Yoselyn Franco Serrano is the recipient of this year’s award presented by the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators of Western Suffolk BOCES. Ms. Serrano was honored in recognition of her “outstanding academic performance, attendance, community service and achievement” while studying cosmetology.
The ALIVE award features a $100 stipend. “ALIVE’s mission is to provide awards and scholarships to graduating students who attend Wilson Tech,” according to the nomination form.
Ms. Serrano plans to continue her studies at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. The Association of Long Island Vocational Educators of Western Suffolk BOCES “is dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities in the career and technical education programs at Wilson Tech,” according to a profile of the organization, which annually presents a scholarship to one exceptional student from each of the Western Suffolk BOCES component districts.
Jack Farrell Wins Technology Dept. Award
Huntington High School Class of 2019 member Jack Farrell is this year’s Technology Department Award recipient. The new grad is headed to the United States Coast Guard Academy to study mechanical engineering.
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Mr. Farrell was a member of Huntington’s National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Science Honor Society.
An Eagle Scout and key member of Huntington High School’s robotics team during the past four years, Mr. Farrell’s keys to success include staying focused on his goal of obtaining an engineering degree.
H-ton 2019 Alum Christiana DeLuca to Study at SUNY Brockport
Huntington High School Class of 2019 member Christiana DeLuca is headed to SUNY College at Brockport to study geology. She was named a Distinguished Senior.
An award winning musician, Ms. DeLuca earned stellar grades over the past four years. A member of numerous academic honors societies and performing groups, she was a key member of the Blue Devil marching band. The teenager was on the high school’s Ocean Bowl competitive science team and was active in the Environmental Club.
An exceptionally self-motivated young woman, Ms. DeLuca said she found the “camaraderie” in her challenging classes to be “uplifting and motivational.”
Class of 2019 Alum Mia Dickinson to Study at New Paltz
Huntington Class of 2019 member Mia Dickinson plans to study psychology at SUNY College at New Paltz. Named a Distinguished Senior after compiling a sterling academic record, she said the key to her success “was making school work a priority, especially when having to balance work and extracurricular activities.”
Trio Captures LI Teachers Benevolent Fund Scholarships
Huntington Class of 2019 members Christiana DeLuca, Michael McCooey and Haley Mortell have all earned Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund scholarships.
Associated Teachers of Huntington President James Graber presented the $200 scholarships to the three teenagers at Huntington’s senior academic awards night in the high school auditorium.
Ms. DeLuca plans to study geology at SUNY College at Brockport. Mr. McCooey is headed to Northeastern University in Boston to study electrical and computer engineering. Ms. Mortell intends to study biology and public health on a pre-med track at the University of Georgia.
Julia Collins Wins Promising Young Writer Award
Julia Collins has a way with the written word. The Huntington High School Class of 2019 member is this year’s recipient of the Promising Young Writer Award. The teenager is headed to Ithaca College to study creative writing.
Honored last spring as a Distinguished Senior in recognition of her exceptional academic record, Ms. Collins is an Advanced Placement Scholar. Inducted into Huntington’s English Honor Society chapter, the new alum enjoyed a great run through high school.
Ms. Collins was the editor of this years’ edition of Et Cetera, Huntington’s student literary magazine. She also performed with the high school orchestra and won a National History Day award for Best Topic in America History for her historical paper on “The Half-Life of Radium: How Five Dial Painters Changed Labor Rights.”
The new grad said “pure determination” to perform to the best of her ability and “overcoming any challenge” she’s faced have been the keys to her success.
Ms. Collins was mentored along the way by Huntington High School English teacher Dianna Cazzalino, who serves as Et Cetera’s faculty advisor.
English teacher Michael Schwendemann made the formal presentation of the Promising Young Writer Award to Ms. Collins during Huntington’s senior academic awards ceremony.
Steven Andrade to Study Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook
Steven Andrade plans to study mechanical engineering at Stony Brook University. The Huntington High School Class of 2019 member was named a Distinguished Senior last spring after earning at least a 90 academic average during every semester of high school.
A regular member of Huntington High School’s High Honor Roll, Mr. Andrade followed simple, but eternally effective practices to attain success. He cited “following the rules, paying attention in class, completing work on time and studying for tests” as the secret to his achievements.