Liam Hassett is an enthusiastic Huntington High School senior who also just happens to be one of the best Blue Devil athletes. The teenager has committed to Siena College where he plans to play on the lacrosse team and study business.
“I chose Siena College for many different reasons,” Mr. Hassett said. “One being how the campus is beautiful and the school has good academics. Another reason is that I always dreamed of playing NCAA Division I lacrosse and I can’t wait to play there. I also really like the coaches there and have a great relationship with them after talking on the phone with them a lot.”
While the teenager intends to study business, he hasn’t settled on a specific career path just yet. But he’s confident that his ultimate interests will become clear over the next four years.
“This year I’m very excited to be taking Bible Literature with Mrs. [Kelly] Krycinski because I remember when I had her as my freshman year teacher,” Mr. Hassett said. “I really liked the way she teaches and she used to talk about Bible Literature a lot. Another class I’m very interested in is Advanced Placement Environmental Science with Ms. [Nicole] Cooper because I had a lot of friends who took the class last year and really enjoyed it.”
The senior plays on the Blue Devil football and lacrosse teams. “Even though it’s a weird year with no sports this fall, I’m super excited to have a season in the spring,” Mr. Hassett said.
The teenager’s closest friends these past four years have been Nick Mattio, Aedan McDonald, Ryan Baker, Torin Bograd, Jack Giamo, Marina Durand, Timmeree Koepele and Marissa Stafford.
“Liam Hassett is one of the funniest people I know and he works hard for everything,” Mr. McDonald said. “He will always have your back and he is a great friend.”
Mr. Hassett has been a welcome presence around the high school. His friendly personality and light-heartened manner enhance the overall atmosphere in the hallways, classrooms and playing fields.
“One of the teachers that has had an impact on me at Huntington is Mr. [Fred] Bisogno,” Mr. Hassett said. “I had him as my social studies teacher my freshman year and junior year. I really enjoyed the way he teaches and the classes. James Byrnes has also had a huge impact on me throughout high school. He was my football coach from eighth through tenth grades and was a mentor for me.”
Mr. Hassett’s advice to incoming Huntington High School freshmen? “Take school seriously, join clubs and try to make new friends,” he said.
The senior is enjoying his final year of high school and can’t wait to take the field again with the Blue Devil football and lacrosse. When the first whistles sound Mr. Hassett will be ready to go with his take-no-prisoners all-out style of play.
“I loved my experience at Huntington from making amazing friends to the teachers and sports,” Mr. Hassett said. “Through sports at Huntington I met a lot of friends and had great coaches. I have experiences that I will remember forever.”