Holly Wright’s life revolves around school, sports, family and friends. The Huntington High School junior is a three sport athlete and she has every intention of continuing to play in college.
Huntington field hockey stars Meg Byrnes, Holly Wright and Anna Wickey. (Darin Reed photo.)
The teenager plays on the Blue Devil varsity field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. She thrives on competition and she loves the camaraderie that teammates enjoy with each other.
Ms. Wright has verbally committed to SUNY Cortland, where she intends to play for the Red Dragons’ women’s lacrosse team.
Ms. Wright’s closest friends are Maya Santa-Maria, Abby Maichin, Megan Agrillo, Lena Annunziata, Caroline Hartough and Paige Lennon, but she’s also “super close” with field hockey teammates Brooke Goldsmith, Phoebe Walther, Lauren LoScalzo, Julia Aureliano and Bella Fox.
“Holly is without a doubt the happiest person I know,” Ms. Walther said. “No matter what, she can make anyone’s day brighter with just her contagious smile, positive attitude and her sunny personality.”
The junior is pursuing academic studies in US History, Ceramics & Sculpture 3, Chemistry, English, Drawing & Painting, pre-Calculus and the high school’s new Virtual Enterprise business course. Her favorite teachers are Suzi Biagi and Ayallah Jeddah. She is on Huntington’s Honor Roll.
“Holly is such a kind hearted person,” Ms. Lennon said. “She is always so positive and happy. With these characteristics she can make anyone’s bad day into a good one. Having a person like her around is such a great thing. I’m so happy she’s a good friend of mine.”
The teenager travels annually with her family on a summer vacation. She also goes out of town an awful lot with the Yellow Jackets club lacrosse team she plays on. “Last fall, I went to Florida with the Yellow Jackets,” Ms. Wright said.
The junior got her start in Huntington UFSD at Jefferson Primary School. “My favorite teachers at Jefferson were Mrs. [Joanne] Taramino and Mrs. [Nicole] Parrett-Hiscox,” Ms. Wright said. “They will forever have an impact on me. I had a hard time in school when I was younger and I will never forget that they told me I could do anything! Now I look back after being on the Honor Roll for three years and I am so grateful to have had teachers like them.”
The teenager is excited that she’ll be playing lacrosse in college. “I committed to Cortland in December of my freshman year,” Ms. Wright said. “I’m not too sure of what I want to do as a career, but I know I want to make a difference in the world and help others.”
Ms. Wright advises incoming Huntington freshmen to have as much fun as they can. “Go to all the sports games and after school events, like March Madness, K-Factor and all of the others,” she said. “High school has gone by so fast and it’s absolutely unreal to think I only have one year left here. Join as many sports teams as you can because the friendships and memories you make are some you will never forget.”
When it comes time to move on to college, Ms. Wright will miss Huntington High School. “I love Huntington,” she said. “Huntington is and forever will be my home. One of my favorite things about this town is that almost all of my family lives here. It’s a really special feeling to know that my dad is always in the one of the schools, my mom is my varsity field hockey coach and so is my cousin and that my sister is the JV field hockey coach. It’s an absolutely unreal setting here.”