Katie Browne intends to enjoy every single minute of her senior year at Huntington High School, where the teenager has been excelling in every possible way. The coming year will be filled with an assortment of interesting classes, participation in club activities and playing a key role on the Blue Devil varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Ms. Browne has given Bucknell University a verbal commitment to play on its NCAA Division I lacrosse team. The highly regarded Pennsylvania school recruited the Blue Devil great after extensively scouting her as a sophomore and junior. They will be getting one of Huntington’s finest.
This past summer was a fun time for Ms. Browne, who did a little bit of everything during July and August.
“I spent this summer working hard as a lifeguard at Bay Hills beach and as a snack bar girl at the Lloyd Harbor Bath Club,” Ms. Browne said. “I also participated in many lacrosse tournaments to better my skills for the upcoming season. My team even made it on ESPN to go on and win a national championship. I also worked hard on preparing to apply to college by finishing my essay and getting on the common application. Of course, there was also a bunch of spending time at the beach with friends and family.”
Playing on three different varsity athletic teams is sure to keep Ms. Browne busy from August to June. She plans to use her platform as one of Huntington’s best athletes to reach out to kids attending district elementary schools and to set the stage to get them involved in the Blue Devil sports program.
“I want to get a program started where athletes from the high school go to the elementary schools so inform students about the amazing sports Huntington has to offer,” Ms. Browne said. “This will get a wider demographic involved in Huntington athletics.”
The public relations coordinator of Huntington’s Class of 2022, Ms. Browne has been working with her fellow officers to formulate plans for a great senior year. “We are going to try make this year as normal and fun as possible, starting with organizing homecoming for this upcoming fall,” she said.
Ms. Browne has been chosen by her classmates as a Natural Helper. Her qualities of kindness, compassion and consideration make her a perfect fit for the role. “I intend to follow all of the principles and goals of the club and continue to help students at the high school who need an outlet or peer to talk to during troubling times,” she said.
Academically, the teenager said she is “really looking forward to learning physics” during her senior year. “It’s a type of science that I’ve never been able to study before,” Ms. Browne said. “I heard it’s a hard course, but I am definitely up for the challenge.”
By committing early to Bucknell University, Ms. Browne has eliminated some of the pressure and stress that naturally occurs during a senior year. The teenager is very happy with her choice of schools.
“The campus is beautiful and the academics are excellent,” said Ms. Browne about Bucknell. “I’m not sure what I specifically want to major in, but biology and management, innovation and design interest me.”