The Association of School Business Officials of New York has awarded Huntington High School Class of 2020 member Madelyn Reed a $500 scholarship in recognition of her exceptional performance and future potential in the field of business.
The award was announced by Huntington UFSD Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services Dr. Kathleen Acker during Huntington High School’s virtual senior academic awards ceremony. The event was forced into an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1948, ASBO New York’s members are recognized as experts in school finance and operations and leaders in education. The organization supports the professional growth of its members and serves as the leading resource on school finance statewide while advocating for quality education for all students. The group boasts nearly 2,600 members representing 659 school districts and BOCES units and 300 companies.
Ms. Reed plans to study business at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She has been an exceptional Blue Devil varsity volleyball player, held executive office with the high school’s student government and been inducted into Huntington’s National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society chapters.
“I’ve had an extremely positive experience in the Huntington business program,” Ms. Reed said. “The Virtual Enterprise class was so fun and unique in comparison to other classes. And I was fortunate enough to be able to have Mrs. [Paige] Furman as my teacher for that class. I can honestly say that I don’t think our company would have been as successful as it was if it wasn’t for her support and mentorship throughout the year. Moving beyond the Virtual Enterprise class, I was able to build on my relationship with Mrs. Furman as her intern in my senior year and I look forward to sharing all my accomplishments in the business world with her as I move forward in my academic career.”
Dr. Acker, who serves on the ASBO New York Suffolk chapter’s executive board, announced the award with “great pleasure and admiration.” Ms. Reed has volunteered with Key Club and served as on the planning committee for Huntington High School’s Relay For Life in 2019.
“I don’t know exactly what I want to do yet,” Ms. Reed said. “I’ve always loved the idea of starting my own business and being an entrepreneur. However, I’m also interested in public relations and marketing so I might end up going down that path. I’m going to try to keep my mind open to the possibilities of where a business degree can take me while I’m at school and I’ll eventually figure it out.”