Lawrence Leake has always represented Huntington High School with class. The senior has won league, county, state and national championships with the Blue Devil indoor and outdoor track teams and regardless of where he’s competed or who he has battled for top honors, he’s always returned back home with more friends than when he left.
Nice. It’s a quality that Camille Stafford prizes in a person and it’s one the Huntington High School senior has found in science teacher Stacey Byrnes.
There’s been a long list of college suitors, but the bonds of brotherhood were just too strong for any of them to overcome. When it came time for Kyree Johnson to sit down and make a decision he knew there was only one place for him: Texas A&M, where his best friend and longtime teammate Infinite Tucker is finishing up his freshman year.
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’s Class of 2017 salutatorian is headed to Stanford University in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley.
Steve Yeh wasn’t in any rush. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 valedictorian took his time weighing all the plusses and minuses of a long list of top tier schools before deciding Cornell University was the place where he wanted to pursue his academic interests as he eyes future career possibilities.
The leading members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017 will be honored on Thursday, April 27 at the Distinguished Seniors dinner in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Leanne Daly has followed a somewhat circuitous path that is set to end in June at the Huntington High School commencement. A few days later she will step onto the Penn State University campus and begin life as a Nittany Lion.
Max Schauder has had the time of his life these past four years. The Huntington High School senior laughs countless times during any given day and goes about his business in a way that let’s everyone know that nothing is going to get him down.
Grace Curran’s smile lets everyone know she is a happy teenager. The Huntington High School senior is in the home stretch of a magnificent four year run that has seen her excel in every aspect of her experience, both in and out of the classroom.
Jordan Biener has never forgotten her roots. After commanding the stage during three years of performances with the Woodhull Intermediate School drama club, she has returned to the building annually to serve as a student director, offering the youngsters who have followed in the teenager’s footsteps invaluable advice as they strive to perfect their talents.
Alexandra Muller is a doer and a shaker, not merely a spectator. The Huntington High School senior thrives by being in the arena, diving into the causes and organizations that she holds dear.
Michael Harris is excited. Baseball season is just around the corner and the Huntington High School senior is a sports fanatic. He loves to play and be around the field. The teenager thrives on testing himself and competing. He’s also excited about the future and going away to college. Life is good.
It wasn’t even on her radar when she began the college search process, but by the time she had considered every option, Huntington High School senior Michaela Carnesi decided that Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania is the place she wants to spend the next four years.
Camryn Libes is one of Huntington High School’s top musicians. But it didn’t just happen by accident. The teenager has worked hard at it from a young age and along the way she’s developed a sensational appreciation for just about every music genre from a wide range of time periods.
Brian Donnelly could always see light at the end of the tunnel. The Huntington High School senior battled back from a devastating injury to turn in an outstanding junior year season. The teenager recently committed to St. Michael’s College in Vermont and its baseball team.
Miranda Nykolyn is in the final stretch of a remarkable four year run. The Huntington High School senior has excelled academically, athletically and artistically and she’s just getting started. The teenager is eyeing one of the most highly regarded universities in the country to continue pursuit of her goals.
Jacob LaBarge has spent years polishing his musical skills and today the Huntington High School senior is one of New York’s best on flute and piccolo.
Maddie Shea has only known Huntington School District classrooms and that suits the senior just fine. One of the most gifted members of the Class of 2017, she’s enjoyed an exceptionally well-rounded high school experience.
She’s well known for giving her Blue Devil teammates every ounce of energy she can muster and soon Ryann Gaffney will be doing the same at Boston University after the Huntington High School senior signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to play lacrosse at the highly regarded school.
Garrett Moya has grown to love lacrosse. The Huntington High School senior is so entranced with the sport that he recently signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and play lacrosse for the Golden Eagles.
Camille Stafford made it official. The Huntington High School senior signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to attend the University of Southern California and play lacrosse for the Trojans.
Playing college lacrosse is a dream come true for Austin Reda. The Huntington High School senior inked an NCAA Division I letter of intent to attend St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens and play on the Red Storm’s lax team.
Cindy Rodriquez likes to keep a positive frame of mind. Nothing gets the Huntington High School senior down for very long. She flashes a bright smile countless times throughout any given day and makes everyone she comes across feel good.
Jessica Cordes walks around Washington Primary School with confidence and a smile on her face. The Huntington High School senior is interning in a third grade classroom and is enjoying the experience.
Magenta Lopez is one of the most energetic members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017. The senior puts everything she has into each day and the results have been impressive.
Lauren McGlone has enjoyed an endless array of experiences over the past four years, from developing close relationships with classmates to traveling internationally. The Huntington High School senior has been immersed many of things she cherishes the most and she’s enjoyed countless special times with her friends and teammates.
Gabriella DeLuca loves coming to school every day. The Huntington High School senior is involved in a little bit of everything and she couldn’t be any happier.
Rachel Roday is not the kind of teenager who enjoys sitting idle. The Huntington High School senior isn’t afraid of working hard and she has enough foresight to know when a particular activity might be useful to her future pursuit of ambitious goals.
Emily Williams is headed to Cornell University, but before she started classes on the campus in Ithaca, New York the Huntington High School Class of 2016 member was presented with a scholarship by Appliance World.
Infinite Tucker thought long and hard about it, searching his heart and talking it over with people he trusts. The Blue Devil great originally planned to play football at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but he changed his mind over the summer and has enrolled at national track and field powerhouse Texas A&M.
They’ve known each other a very long time; since their first day of kindergarten at Washington Primary School. Katie Reilly and Vinnie Fredericks came through the Huntington School District together, graduating on the same day late last June.
Samuel Latt and Oscar Aguilar-Cruz heard the message loud and clear and hopefully their Huntington High School classmates did, too. The Class of 2016 members are this year’s recipients of the “It Can Wait” scholarship.
Holly LoTurco’s four-year run at Huntington High School speaks for itself. The Class of 2016 president compiled a remarkable academic and extracurricular record.
Samantha Conte is all about helping others, but she likes to stay out of the limelight when she’s doing it. The teenager served as the Huntington High School Key Club president this past year and she did an awful lot of good for countless folks of all ages.
Alexandra Berwick and Skylar Heffernan are dynamic young people. The two Huntington High School Class of 2016 members won the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award in recognition of their courage, character and commitment.
Art teacher Robert Potter was a true original. Those who knew him best can certainly see the popular educator working closely with Huntington High School Class of 2016 member Holly Grabowski, who is just bursting with creativity.
Will Fehrs has spent the past four years staying under the radar at Huntington High School. The Class of 2016 member assiduously shuns the limelight, although that can be hard at times when he’s starring on his ice hockey team.
Joel Cohen’s classmates have enthusiastically testified to the enormous spirit he displayed all through high school and well into adulthood. He held Huntington High School in the highest esteem and was widely known as one of its proudest and most accomplished graduates.
Nine members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2016 captured Joseph Toles Foundation scholarships in recognition of their outstanding all-around performance and potential for future success.
Nearly 80 years after he passed away suddenly the name of Robert K. Toaz rang out in the Huntington High School auditorium this past June. An award given in honor of one of the district’s legendary figures was presented to Class of 2016 valedictorian Rachel Carpenter during this year’s senior academic awards ceremony.
Ripley Mars showed just how much she cares about people in need by spearheading a series of blood drives at Huntington High School during the 2015/16 school year.
Some of the most remarkably creative teenagers were recognized during Huntington High School’s senior academic awards ceremony last month. A group of eight sensational young people were presented with art awards in honor of their imaginative and visionary work.
Three years after a horrifying car crash took the life of Carmen Rivera-Gotay, local attorney Carol Schlitt presented the third annual scholarship given in the teenager’s memory to Huntington High School Class of 2016 member Yardalie Daniel.
Columbia University-bound Dylan DelGiudice is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Band Scholarship as the senior “who best exemplifies the benefits of membership in the band based on his personal growth during high school.”
When Huntington School District teachers and administrators were told that retired Assistant Superintendent Steven Tribus had passed away suddenly on January 28, 2013, his former colleagues were surprised and saddened.
Brianna Jones is this year’s Tri-Community & Youth Agency’s Joseph A. Martone scholarship recipient. The Huntington High School Class of 2016 member is headed to Farmingdale State University in the fall.
Dan Mollitor is known by some as the Mayor of Huntington and for good reason. The Huntington High School Class of 2016 member seems to turn up everywhere. He earned top grades, played on three Blue Devil athletic teams, served as an elected student government officer, participated in numerous clubs and worked a high profile job in the community.
Ray Deren’s name in Blue Devil athletic history is engraved in granite. The trendsetting sports administrator’s creativity and foresight helped ignite an explosion in the number of opportunities available to Huntington’s student-athletes. His planning and commitment to the young people of the community continues to benefit countless teenagers each year.
Jake and Mary Jagoda were integral members of the Huntington community, growing up, carrying on active friendships and attending school here. The duo developed many close relationships with folks of all ages over the years.
A group of talented Huntington High School seniors garnered numerous science honors during the annual academic awards night ceremony in the auditorium last month.
The Patrick Thomas McCourt Memorial Scholarship was created in the aftermath of a heartbreaking 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 on Veterans Memorial Highway in Holbrook at 5:30 a.m.
Year after year, Huntington High School’s senior class has been an exceptionally talented group of young men and women. Among Class of 2016 members, 93 percent of graduates moved 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 2016, 41 percent earned Regents diplomas; two percent qualified for a Regents diploma with honors; 30 percent obtained Advanced Regents diplomas; 22 percent earned Advanced Regents diplomas with honors and five 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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