Sit down and have a conversation with John Riley and when it’s over, you will walk away believing the Huntington High School senior can do anything. Yes, he inspires that level of confidence.
Joel Cohen’s classmates have articulately testified to the spectacular spirit he displayed throughout his teenage years and well into adulthood. Huntington High School held a prominent position on the list of the most important things in his life. He was universally regarded as one of its proudest and most accomplished graduates.
Jacob Strieb accomplished enough during his four years at Huntington High School to fill several volumes. The Class of 2017 is a veritable academic dynamo and he has the grades, awards and respect of faculty members to prove it.
Huntington High School Class of 2017 member Anthony Perna captured the Joseph Toles Foundation scholarship in recognition of his outstanding all-around performance and potential for future success.
Grace Curran sure is going to be missed around Huntington High School this fall. The Class of 2017 member is moving on to Syracuse University. She plans to study public relations there.
Jared Leake’s genial nature and hardnosed competitiveness will always be remembered around Huntington High School, where he won varsity letters with the Blue Devil football, wrestling, indoor track and field and lacrosse teams.
Huntington Rotary Club officials enthusiastically awarded $14,000 worth of scholarships to five exceptional members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017.
Cynthia Martinez-Posantes wants to be a nurse. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 member has been laying the groundwork for such a career for several years, studying in a Western Suffolk BOCES professional health careers program.
The Patrick Thomas McCourt Memorial Scholarship was created following a gut wrenching accident. A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 2006, the 22-year old was killed September 17, 2011 after being struck by two cars while walking along Veterans Memorial Highway in Holbrook at 5:30 a.m.
Even when she was in unforgiving pain, Christine Amodeo Palmer summoned the strength to smile and laugh for her students and colleagues. The Huntington School District librarian was a fighter and she battled breast cancer with everything she had before passing away on June 13, 2015. She was 41.
Four years after a terrifying car crash took the life of Carmen Rivera-Gotay, local attorney Carol Schlitt presented the fourth annual scholarship given in the teenager’s memory to Huntington High School Class of 2017 member Allyson Arleo.
The Kiwanis Club of Huntington is just as impressed with Huntington High School Class of 2017 salutatorian Miranda Nykolyn as her classmates and teachers have been over the past four years.
Three very special seniors were presented with scholarships by the Huntington High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association after sensational four year runs by each of the teenagers.
There was nothing artificial about Huntington High School art teacher Robert Potter. If ever there was an original it was him. The same can be said about Theresa Moreno, one of the most talented members of the Class of 2017. The pair would have surely hit if off if their paths had crossed.
The October Dawn scholarship is presented annually to a graduating Huntington High School senior. It carries a generous stipend and is a very special award that typically goes to just one individual. In a rare departure from tradition, two members of the Class of 2017 were honored.
Jolena Smith has garnered this year’s Tri-Community & Youth Agency’s Joseph A. Martone scholarship. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 member is headed to Delaware State University in the fall. She is interested in studying either criminal justice or social work.
Joan Marie Balsari was a very unique person. She had an opinion about everything and she didn’t hesitate to tell you what it was. But, she also enjoyed hearing what everyone else thought, too.
Many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors in Huntington High School’s Class of 2017 are planning to pursue academic majors in the fine and performing arts at colleges beginning in the fall semester.
Ryan Stieve has captured one of the most coveted awards any Huntington High School senior can receive. The teenager is this year’s recipient of the John Bosco Memorial Scholarship, which honors a member of the Class of 2012 who was struck and killed by a car in January 2015 while crossing the street during a family vacation in Florida.
Allyson Arleo and Nicholas Lanzisero compiled enviable records over the course of four years at Huntington High School and graduated near the top of the Class of 2017.
A group of exceptional Huntington High School seniors captured numerous science honors at the annual academic awards ceremony in the auditorium last month.
Jake and Mary Jagoda were central figures in the Huntington community, growing up, carrying on active friendships and attending school here. The siblings developed many close relationships with folks of all ages over the years.
Year after year, Huntington High School’s senior class has been an exceptionally talented group of young men and women. Among Class of 2017 members, 90 percent of graduates are moving on to college studies with the rest headed to branches of the United States military, vocational and technical programs, a “gap” year before beginning college or immediate full-time employment.
Huntington’s most recent graduating seniors were accepted into a broad array of top tier colleges, including many of the leading universities in the world. The teenagers earned millions of dollars in academic and athletic scholarships and awards.
Among the Class of 2017, 40 percent earned Regents diplomas; one percent qualified for a Regents diploma with honors; 32 percent obtained Advanced Regents diplomas; 23 percent earned Advanced Regents diplomas with honors and four percent qualified for local diplomas.
Huntington seniors have long sparkled as scholars, athletes, musicians, actors, artists, engineers and scientists and mock trial courtroom warriors. They have taken leading roles in community service initiatives and humanitarian projects and have captured every conceivable honor.
Huntington High School Class of 2017 valedictorian Steve Yeh is headed to Cornell University to pursue an academic major in mathematics, physics and/or economics.
Mr. Yeh’s long journey to Cornell began in a kindergarten classroom at Jefferson Primary School . “My experience in the Huntington School District has been very rewarding as I have challenged myself with a rigorous education, which has been made even more valuable as I have met and become friends with people from all different walks of life,” he said.
A personable and well-liked young man, Mr. Yeh is the founder and president of the stocks analysis club, which recently visited the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The senior also serves as president of the Math Honor Society, treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society, captain of both the Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl teams and president of the Chinese foreign exchange club.
The teenager was on the high school Mathletes team that finished third in its division and has also been a member of Natural Helpers, working behind the scenes with classmates to help with personal problems.
“I have also enjoyed being a part of the science research program, conducting independent research on developing novel ways of integration,” Mr. Yeh said. He has served as a “homework helper’ at the Huntington Public Library and traveled to Taiwan last summer to help teach English to elementary school students there.
Mr. Yeh has enjoyed his run through the district and he will graduate with warm feelings for Huntington and its faculty and staff members as well as his classmates.
“Every teacher and counselor has influenced and supported me to challenge myself and without that I would not be where I am today,” Mr. Yeh said.
When she finally experienced it, Miranda Nykolyn understood the feeling a senior gets when they find the college that’s just right for them. Huntington High School Class of 2017 salutatorian is headed to Stanford University. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt welcomed by everyone I met,” she said.
The senior will be rowing for Stanford’s crew team, perennially ranked in the top ten of NCAA Division I. Ms. Nykolyn earlier considered MIT, Duke, Yale and the University of Virginia before settling on Stanford. “I have always enjoyed mathematics and science so I am considering a career path in either aerospace engineering or investment banking,” Ms. Nykolyn said.
The senior cites Huntington High School science teachers Lori Kenny and Dame Forbes and math teachers Patricia Avelli and Keith Mattis as among the faculty members she has worked especially closely with over the years.
“I have loved my time in the Huntington School District,” Ms. Nykolyn said. She has played tennis for the Blue Devils in each of the past four years, helping the team win league titles in 2014 and 2016. She began rowing as a freshman, initially getting involved with the sport as a member of the Huntington crew team. Secretary of the high school Key Club since her sophomore year, Ms. Nykolyn has enjoyed participating in the organization’s initiatives, including the Sears holiday shopping tour for children in need, blood drives and the K-Factor talent show that raises money for the American Cancer Society.
“Mathletes has also been one of my favorite clubs because I like answering interesting math problems,” Ms. Nykolyn said. “This year we finished third in our division and competed at Suffolk Community College in a math tournament.”
Ms. Nykolyn has been excelling in her academic studies since beginning kindergarten at Flower Hill.
All seniors who are in good standing may leave the building during their lunch periods. They must leave their I.D. cards at the designated area before they leave. All seniors must have a signed Agreement for Senior Privileges form on file in the Main Office.
Seniors may also park in assigned spaces in the school parking lot. A permit must be obtained in the Security Office.
Seniors who return to school late from lunch due to car problems or accident must call the Dean’s Office (673-2007) as soon as possible before the end of the school day in order for the lateness or absence to class not to count as a cut. A follow-up call by the end of the same day from the parent is also required to substantiate that this absence was not a cut. Seniors who return late without a valid reason will lose their senior privilege for one week. Subsequent infractions will be handled progressively.
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