Hard work always has a way of paying off at some point. Just ask Ryan Baker. The Huntington High School senior has been one of the top members of the Class of 2020 and now he’s set to attend Penn State University’s highly regarded Smeal School of Business next fall.
“I chose Penn State because I wanted a big school with good sports,” Mr. Baker said. The teenager takes pride in everything he does. He’s mature, well-spoken and serious, but he likes to laugh, too.
Mr. Baker is well-liked around the high school. Classmates admire him and teachers respect him. He fits in perfectly well with everyone. The senior has been on the varsity wrestling team for many years. He’s a real competitor.
“My favorite teacher is Mrs. [Joann] Ferazi, because of how nice she is and the fact that her way of teaching is perfect for me,” said Mr. Baker about the veteran math department faculty member.
The teenager has done some traveling with his family, including to Italy. He’s always looking to expand his horizons and he’s done exceptionally well in many of Huntington High School’s most challenging courses.
“I would tell incoming Huntington freshmen to get involved in clubs and sports and to make the most of their time in high school because it goes by so fast,” Mr. Baker said.
The senior’s closest friends are Aedan McDonald, Chris Segreti, Liam Hassett and Nick Mattio.
“I’ve known Ryan my whole life and we do almost everything in and out of school together,” Mr. McDonald said. “He’s and great friend and someone you can always trust. From playing sports to going to school he’s always been the kid that people want to have around.”
The teenager is excited about his future at Penn State, but sad that his time in high school is coming to a close. “I’ve really enjoyed my experience at Huntington and I’m going to miss my friends and teachers,” Mr. Baker said.