Huntington UFSD’s SEPTA chapter presented continuing education awards to Class of 2020 members Gary Barash, Vincent Caravetto, Rory Dara, Mia Felicetta and Jack Jamison. Each of the awards includes a financial stipend of $500.
Mr. Barash will be attending St. Thomas Aquinas College while Mr. Caravetto is headed to Suffolk Community College. Mr. Dara plans to study the music industry at SUNY College at Oneonta. Ms. Felicetta intends to pursue a degree at Suffolk Community College. Mr. Jamison is entering a training program with Local 138 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Adelphi University bound Christopher Porzio won a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Huntington SEPTA also presented a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Ancient Order of Hibernians to Christopher Porzio, who plans to attend Adelphi University and study information systems while also pursuing a certificate in language translation.
The awards were presented by District Director of Special Education & Student Support Services Diana Rich during Huntington High School’s senior academic awards ceremony, which was held in a virtual format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These students were chosen because they exemplify core values of perseverance, leadership and dedication,” Ms. Rich said. “These students have overcome challenges, achieved academic success and are identified as positive peer role models throughout the school and greater community.”
“SEPTA recognizes that students have a broad range of learning styles and abilities,” according to the organization. “We aim to support existing or innovative new programs so that each child’s educational experience is maximized. SEPTA sponsors a variety of events as well as unique activities for all children.”
SEPTA sponsors a grant program for teachers and also honors several faculty and support staff members each year with Distinguished Service Awards. It raises the bulk of its funds at an annual gala held at the Bay Club each spring.
“SEPTA members collaborate and strengthen partnerships among the district’s staff and serve as a resource for parents and teachers,” according to the group. “Throughout the school year, SEPTA holds informal meetings or Coffee Talks for parents to connect. SEPTA also hosts presentations, inviting speakers who address an array of relevant topics.” All SEPTA meetings and presentations are free of charge.