It’s going to be just like old times for Gianna Forte after the Huntington High School junior committed to play lacrosse at Stony Brook University. The Blue Devil star will be joining her sister, Jordan on the college team.
“I chose Stony Brook for the chance to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for one of the best teams in the country on top of the school also having great academics,” Ms. Forte said. “When I walked onto the campus I knew it was where I was going to end up! I am not totally sure what I want to do yet, but I am interested in studying to go into the medical field as Stony Brook is known for their amazing programs.”
Ms. Forte plays on the Blue Devil soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. For many years, she played all three sports at Huntington alongside her sister, Jordan, who is a Stony Brook freshman on the women’s lacrosse team there.
The teenager is very well-liked by her teammates and coaches. “Throughout my time at Huntington High School I have taken a lot of advanced classes, which definitely has helped to prepare me for college,” Ms. Forte said. “The teachers here also serve as really helpful resources.”
A standout student academically, Ms. Forte enjoys getting involved in as many activities as possible, while balancing school work with her athletic pursuits.
“I am currently on the varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams here at Huntington,” the junior said. “I love all of girls on the teams and will forever cherish all of the memories we’ve made!”
Ms. Forte said she has done some traveling and her “favorite place has definitely been Turks and Caicos. It was such a pretty place.”
Multiple generations of the teenager’s family has graduated from Huntington High School.
“Huntington will always be a special place to me,” Ms. Forte said. “All of the people and the amazing things it has to offer just makes it the best place! I have had a great three years so far and am looking forward to senior year.”
The junior is currently trying to help the Blue Devil varsity girls’ lacrosse team win as many games as possible. “Gianna is an essential part of our draw and a leader in ground balls,” Huntington head coach Shea Scully said. “She is a strong, scrappy player who consistently exudes grit and perseverance. Gianna will never back down from any challenge that is put in front of her. Overall, she is a spectacular athlete who is known as one of the hardest to defend on our team. We are so excited to see what she brings to the table for the next two years.”
Ms. Forte is president of the high school’s varsity club, overseeing fundraising accounts of individual athletic teams.
“I have 100 percent enjoyed my experience at Huntington so far,” Ms. Forte said. “It is the best place to live.”