Patricia Campos is a spectacular, hardworking and level-headed young woman. The Huntington High School Class of 2020 member loves her family and strives to help it any way she can. She also has dreams and wants to make the most of her life. She plans to attend Suffolk Community College and study for a career in journalism.
Ms. Campos immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 2017. Since the very day she arrived here with her father she has worked as hard as she can at mastering the English language and studying every chance she gets.
Huntington Class of 2020 member Patricia Campos plans to study at Suffolk Community College for a career in journalism.
“She works many hours to help her family back home and is self-supportive,” said Rosario Lorenzana, a Huntington High School teacher who is also the faculty advisor for the United Amigos club. “She is a dedicated student who is always there to help others. She is kind beyond words.”
The teenager is very well regarded by her classmates and teachers. “Patricia assists me when I have community help projects, such as providing medical care for the needy,” Ms. Lorenzana said. She and other Amigos created a food and school supply day for their community. She recently helped me translate for the medical team providing testing for COVID-19 in Freeport. This is only a small example of how special she is.”
A thoughtful young woman who always seems to make a good decision, Ms. Campos really wants to make the most of her life and make a difference in the world.
“Suffolk Community College was my best option to continue learning and continue reinforcing my second language; English,” Ms. Campos said. “My professional interest is journalism. Huntington High School has prepared me and provided me with all the necessary information to start living my new challenge. In addition to feeling prepared, I feel excited and very happy to start this adventure.”
Ms. Campos found courses in journalism, Living Environment and Advanced Placement Spanish to be especially valuable, “because in those courses I got to know and demonstrate my skills even more and arouse in me the interest to learn new things,” she said.
Participating in the high school’s after school club program produced Ms. Campos’ favorite experiences, “because at the same time you learn, you also meet other people,” she said. “By being in these clubs, I had the opportunity to help other people.”
The United Amigos club produced many happy days for the teenager. “My experience with United Amigos was one of the most unforgettable,” Ms. Campos said. “I loved everything I did since I was able to help other people inside and outside of school. Over the past two years United Amigos has given me the opportunity to be president of the organization and host many new events. It is one of the clubs that is interested in helping new students coming from other countries. Personally, because of United Amigos I pushed myself to be a dynamic person and to be an example to others and always see the good in every situation.”
Ms. Campos’ advice to incoming ninth graders? “The best advice I can give to new students is: The road is not easy, but it is not impossible either. Do not give up,” she said.
The teenager developed especially close relationship three faculty members. “The people who have helped me at all times were mainly my counselor Diana Bonilla, my science teacher Ms. Lorenzana and my AP Spanish teacher Ms. [Mercedes] Peña,” Ms. Campos said. “They have not only given me support, but at the same time they have given me their hand. They have been my key supporters during my journey at Huntington High School.”
Ms. Campos plans to work part-time this summer, explore Long Island and learn more about art and painting.
As she prepares to begin a new chapter in her life, Ms. Campos made it clear that she will never forget who and what she is leaving behind.
“What makes Huntington special is that each student is made to feel a part of the Blue Devil family,” Ms. Campos said. “I lived my best moments at Huntington High School, where I also met great people. I will miss everything about Huntington, especially my teachers. What I will always remember is how Huntington made me grow academically and become a better person. Huntington represents for me a place where my heart will stay forever.”