Aidan Bonn can be a really sweet and funny guy, but when the Huntington High School senior steps on a lacrosse field he’s all business and plays hard. It’s why Fairleigh Dickinson University wants the teenager to play for its lax team.
A personable and fun-loving young man, Mr. Bonn takes pride in everything he does. He is reliable, dependable and hardworking and he’s a great teammate. When he suits up, he plays to win.
“I chose Fairleigh Dickinson because it was a home away from home,” Mr. Bonn said. “It was a place that I instantly saw myself being able to live there. It was also the perfect distance from home where my parents can’t show up unannounced, but they are close enough if I need them.”
Mr. Bonn’s senior year is off to a good start, despite the COVID-19 pandemic changing just about everything. “I am most excited to be taking Virtual Enterprise with Ms. [Suzie] Biagi,” he said. “Our company, PanTree will be constructing an app that will serve as an ‘all-in-one’ food service app.”
The teenager said he plans to play on the Blue Devil football and lacrosse teams and volunteer with Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity club chapter.
Mr. Bonn’s closest friends include Alex Fascilla, Jack Krisch, Ethan McGuinness and Will McClellan. “Aidan Bonn is a great friend and teammate,” Mr. Krisch said. “He is a very hard working and compassionate person and I’m glad to be his friend.”
Personal relationships and the sense of family that being on a team fosters are important to Mr. Bonn. “Aidan is a very hardworking kid,” Mr. Fascilla said. “He is a very smart player and is always looking to get better. He is also a very funny kid and makes many people laugh.”
The teacher who perhaps has had the greatest impact on the teenager is Patricia Avelli, a member of the math department. “She was a teacher who you could have a friendly relationship with,” Mr. Bonn said. “She definitely helped me understand a type math that I did not comprehend whatsoever at first.”
Mr. Bonn’s advice to incoming high school freshmen? “Stay on top of your work so that it does not pile up,” he said. “Even if it is late, any grade is better than a zero. Don’t be afraid to branch out from your middle school friend group. There are some really amazing people that you can meet in high school.”
As his senior year continues to unfold, Mr. Bonn is enjoying every day, even if it comes with a long list of modifications that would have been unthinkable at this time last year. He plans to savor his time remaining in high school before heading off to Fairleigh Dickinson.
“Huntington is an amazing school with so much to offer,” Mr. Bonn said. “There is a club, sport or elective for everyone here.”