A group of 10 spectacular Huntington High School athletes have qualified for Section XI Gold Key Awards.
The Gold Key is the highest honor a Suffolk athlete can receive for sports participation, according to Huntington Director of Athletics Georgia D. McCarthy.
The Gold Key is a county award emphasizing participation in interscholastic athletics while recognizing proficiency in performance. The award is presented in every Suffolk high school to students who have lettered in eight seasons on varsity or junior varsity teams between their sophomore and senior years.
This year’s Blue Devil recipients include Gary Barash, Jaylen Bush, Chas Forte, Matthew Girimonti, Jack Jamison, Aedan McDonald, John Segreti, Rahliek Thomason-Jackson, Jason Verville and Holly Wright.
Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky formally announced the names of the award recipients during this week’s Blue Devil senior athletic award ceremony, which was held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Polansky appeared via video.
“This year’s Gold Key recipients have proven themselves both in the classroom and on the field,” Mr. Polansky said. “Further, they have served as great teammates, friends and ambassadors to the Huntington school community. Their legacies will surely remain in Huntington and I have no doubt that they will have a similarly positive impact as they enter the next stages of their lives.”
Mr. Barash is headed to St. Thomas Aquinas College in the fall while Mr. Bush and Mr. McDonald will both be attending Utica College. Mr. Forte will be attending Roger Williams University with Mr. Girimonti heading to Elon University. Mr. Jamison plans to enter an apprenticeship training program to prepare for a career as an electrician. Mr. Verville will be attending Villanova University with Ms. Wright headed to SUNY Cortland. Mr. Segreti will be attending the University of Delaware with Mr. Thomason-Jackson heading to Suffolk County Community College.