Huntington Class of 2021 member Ella Siepel plans to attend the University of Rochester.

Ella Siepel Captures NHD Excellence in Research Award

Huntington Class of 2021 member Ella Siepel plans to attend the University of Rochester.

August 6, 2021

Ella Siepel’s incredible record speaks for itself. The Huntington High School Class of 2021 needs no introduction after excelling in everything she touched over the past fours. The teenager is headed to the University of Rochester in the fall.

Ms. Siepel captured this year’s National History Day Excellence in Research Award, which included a $150 stipend along with a handsome certificate. The award was presented to the teenager by Chairperson of Humanities Joseph Leavy during the high school’s senior academic awards ceremony.

An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Ms. Siepel is an exceptional young woman and a remarkable student. Inducted into a long list of academic honor societies, she joked that the key to her success has been listening to lots of music along with completing all of her schoolwork before it starts to pile up.

A National Merit Commended student, she graduated near the top of Huntington’s Class of 2021. While acing every class she took, Ms. Siepel said she also enjoyed being able to participate in a wide variety of clubs and activities.

A determined, articulate and soft-spoken young woman, Ms. Siepel ran all three sport seasons on the Blue Devil cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She performed with the high school’s honors orchestra and chamber pit orchestra and was a standout with Huntington’s music ensembles.

The new Huntington alum has been a high achiever across the board, including in the annual National History Day initiative, where her work has won awards and advanced to the state championships.

Ms. Siepel is also a gifted artist Her mixed media sculpture was featured at the Long Island’s Best Young Artists exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art.

As she turns her attention to the University of Rochester and a new phase in her life, Ms. Siepel is leaving behind a magnificent legacy that won’t soon be forgotten.