Huntington sophomore Reese Rinaldi is a real go-getter. The teenager is actively involved in high school life, from clubs and student government to sports and challenging courses and she is succeeding at everything she does.
Treasurer of the Class of 2024, Ms. Rinaldi volunteers with the high school’s Habitat for Humanity and Key Club chapters. She also plays on the Blue Devil soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. The teenager also squeezes in playing on a travel club lacrosse squad.
Ms. Rinaldi likes to spend her free time with her friends and family, including her two brothers, Luke and Quinn.
“I don’t know where I would like to go to college yet, but I do know that I want to study,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “I would like work in a field where I would be helping children. My ideal job would be either a pediatrician or a children’s occupational therapist.”
The teenager said she is enjoying all of her current classes. “My photography class with Mrs. [Pamela] Piffard is one of my favorites,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “I have had many amazing teachers throughout my years in Huntington. Some of my favorites would have to be Mr. [Joseph] Cohen who was my Living Environment teacher; Mrs. [Kelly] Krycinski who taught English; Mr. [Chris] Hender who was my fifth grade teacher; Mrs. [Lauren] Desiderio, who I have had for two years and Mrs. [Paige] Tyree who I had for business. They all made coming into school an enjoyable experience. Mr. Cohen’s class made my transition from middle school to high school much easier especially during the pandemic.”
Ms. Rinaldi worked last summer as a camp counselor with kindergarten and first grade boys. “It was a great experience and taught me many things,” she said.
The teenager said one of her favorite places to visit is Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. “I have gone every year since I was five years old,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “The island is like a second home to me.”
The sophomore is enjoying her time at the high school, making new friends, taking delight in new experiences and generally broadening her horizons.
“Huntington High School is all about making sure everyone finds something special for them,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “For me, sports are a huge reason why I love Huntington. It is a place where you will always find something you are going to enjoy whether it’s band, art or one of the many clubs.”
The teenager is enthusiastic, energetic and positive thinking. She’s a much loved classmate and teammate and she gets along well with everyone.
“Despite the challenges of the last year and a half, Huntington has been a great place for me,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “I have made myself more a part of a community I love being with friends, teammates and teachers that inspire me. Huntington has given me opportunities to give back to the community. Huntington is such a special place and all the things is has to offer makes me proud to be a Blue Devil.”