Lia Shechter has always been intellectually curious. The Huntington High School Class of 2020 members has excelled across the board and earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. She’s headed to Northeastern University in Boston to study engineering.
“I chose Northeastern University because of its incredible engineering program, top co-op program, research initiative, global opportunities and location,” Ms. Shechter said. “I plan on exploring the different engineering fields at Northeastern to find what interests me most.”
Huntington High School Class of 2020 member Lia Shechter.
A member of four different academic honor societies, Ms. Shechter was named a Distinguished Senior after compiling spectacular record these past four years.
“Throughout my years in Huntington my teachers and advisors have given me skills not only in the subjects they teach, but in life lessons I will use for the rest of my life,” Ms. Shechter said. “Because of that, I feel very ready for the new challenges that may come my way in college.”
Ms. Shechter cites the support she has been surrounded with for her success. She said that knowing her family, friends and teachers are there for her has played an important role in her academic achievements.
“I’ve enjoyed classes like Advanced Placement Physics, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry and AP Micro/Macro Economics that taught me to think in new ways to solve problems,” Ms. Shechter said.
A four year member of the Blue Devil marching band, president of the Science Honor Society, tutoring coordinator of the Math Honor Society and recording secretary of the National Honor Society, Ms. Shechter was also captain of Huntington High School’s Science Olympiad team.
“One of my favorite activities that I participated in during high school was mock trial,” Ms. Shechter said. “The club and it’s advisors taught me skills that can’t be learned in a classroom and my teammates provided a family that was always there for each other through the good times and the bad.”
Ms. Shechter’s advice to incoming freshmen? “Take advantage of everything the high school has to offer, because you’ll be leaving it behind before you know it,” she said.
The teenager has worked closely with many faculty members and she’s had several mentors over the years, including teachers and club advisors.
A longtime contributing member of the high school’s Environmental Club, Ms. Shechter was among a select group of Long Island students in BAE’s Women in Technology program, which helped further spur her interest in engineering. She’s also been a courtroom star with Huntington’s highly regarded mock trial program, coming through in the clutch many times.
“Huntington is a truly special district because of the people that make it up,” Ms. Shechter said. “I have had an amazing experience and am sad to be leaving the place I was lucky enough to call my school behind. I will always remember the teachers who helped me through my hardest times and shaped me into who I am today. I will greatly miss them and all of the other bonds I formed.”