Huntington High School Class of 2020 member Lily has captured this year’s Jostens Leadership Scholarship Award, which carries a stipend of $200.
Jostens is Huntington’s school ring company. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company’s products also include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods serving the K-12 educational community as well as colleges and professional sports organizations.
Lily Stein is headed to the University at Buffalo on a scholarship.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s senior academic awards ceremony had to be held in a virtual setting. The Josten’s Award was announced by Assistant Principal Gamal Smith during an online ceremony. The ceremony can be viewed on demand via a link on the district website’s homepage.
Ms. Stein plans to attend the University at Buffalo and study math and economics on a scholarship. An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, she was a member of Huntington’s National Honor Society as well as its Latin Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Ms. Stein has tutored students at Tri-CYA. Ms. Stein said the key to success has been pushing herself, taking challenging courses of interest and a love of learning. She developed close and productive relationships with her teachers and took delight in meeting new people over the past four years.
“The University at Buffalo was always at the top of my list due to its size, location and academic offerings, but I also weighed acceptances to Cornell, Northeastern, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Wellesley,” Ms. Stein said. “Ultimately, I decided on UB because I was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, the highest merit scholarship offered in the SUNY system. It is given to about two dozen applicants each year through a separate application process and includes automatic admission to the Honors College, preferential course registration and other perks.”
The teenager was also awarded a $10,000 college scholarship by Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages Brookhaven National Laboratory on behalf of the US Department of Energy.
Ms. Stein has enjoyed working on climate justice with Huntington’s Environmental Club and Sunrise Huntington and being involved with the GSA and Women’s Empowerment clubs.
“It was an honor to win this generous award from Jostens,” Ms. Stein said.