Foster Sullivan isn’t looking for the easy way. The Huntington High School Class of 2020 member plans to study engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology and pursue a career as an Air Force officer. He has the drive, determination and intellect to pull it off and accomplish all of his goals, one by one.
“I chose RIT because it has an incredible program, as well as amazing co-op opportunities,” Mr. Sullivan said. “I want to go into computer engineering in the Air Force, so I’m also doing Air Force ROTC.”
Foster Sullivan is headed to Rochester Institute of Technology to study computer engineering.
Mr. Sullivan is a very high achiever. Named a Distinguished Senior after compiling an academic grade average in excess of a 90 during every semester of high school, he attributes his success to his “smart, supportive and caring teachers at Huntington High School.”
The motivated young man has developed a love for learning. “Huntington has prepared me for college by teaching me how to manage loads of work, especially junior year,” Mr. Sullivan said. “It’s also taught me how to do well in new environments with people I don’t know. I feel very prepared for college.”
The teenager won first place honors at the Cradle of Aviation Engineering Fair and was the runner-up in the computer science category at the New York State Science & Engineering Fair.
“I think the most valuable course I’ve taken in terms of skills that I’ve learned is Advanced Placement Seminar because it teaches you how to write a solid paper and make an awesome presentation while simultaneously teaching you how to manage loads of schoolwork with a strict due date,” Mr. Sullivan said.
Outside of classes the new grad is interested in music and even Japanese swordsmanship. He captured honors in the high school’s National History Day contest. He has excelled across all academic disciplines.
“The most interesting course I’ve taken is Science Fiction/Fantasy Literature because I’m a huge fan of fantasy,” Mr. Sullivan said. I love the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and I play ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ so this class was definitely my favorite.”
The teenager’s favorite high school activity has been participating on the robotics team. “It’s such an awesome, close-knit group with serious potential and it was what helped me figure out what I want to do as a career. The camaraderie of the team is unmatched.”
Rochester Institute of Technology is very highly regarded. It boasts a first rate academic program and its graduates are coveted by employers, government agencies and the military.
“My advice for incoming freshmen is to be yourself and to not be afraid of trying new things or making new friends and if you need help with anything reach out to somebody,” Mr. Sullivan said. “During high school I’ve relied on all of my teachers and friends for advice, even if it wasn’t school related.”
As Mr. Sullivan prepares for four years of college, he is able to look back on his time in high school with satisfaction and pride and even a smile on his face.
“I think the community of students, teachers and administrators is what makes Huntington so special,” Mr. Sullivan said. “If you want to do something, the Huntington community will respond with force and help you achieve your goals the best that they can. I’ve had an amazing experience at Huntington and I’ll miss my friends and teachers the most. I’ll definitely always remember Mr. [Paul] Caleca and his shenanigans.”