Natalia Hernandez enjoyed a great sophomore year at Huntington High School and the teenager is looking forward to an even better one as a junior.
“Some of the courses I enjoyed this year were my Regents Global History class and my Honors English class,” Ms. Hernandez said. “The teachers I especially enjoyed working with were Mrs. [Aimee] Antorino, Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi and Mr. [Joseph] Malizia.”
Ms. Hernandez played on the Blue Devil field hockey and softball teams the past two years. Her closest friend is classmate Julia Henderson.
The teenager has developed many positive relationships with her teachers. “My Honors Chemistry teacher, Mr. Malizia mentored me by always encouraging me to go to extra help and when I did, I saw a positive change in my test grades,” Ms. Hernandez said.
An honor roll student, Ms. Hernandez is a standout in the classroom. “One teacher that really stood out with me was my Honors English teacher, Mrs. Antorino because she always showed how proud she was of me when it came to my achievements and she helped me build my writing skills,” the teenager said.
Ms. Hernandez is interested in attending LIU Post and studying creative writing in preparation for a career as a writer.
The rising junior began her trek through Huntington UFSD as a Jefferson Primary School kindergartener.
“Some advice in would give to an incoming freshman would be to pick up good study habits from the beginning; don’t be afraid to get involved in activities such as clubs and/or sports,” Ms. Hernandez said. “There also might be some times throughout the year when you will feel stressed, but keep pushing and don’t give up. Also remember to give yourself breaks when you need it.”
Ms. Hernandez intends to continue taking challenging courses as a junior and staying involved in clubs and sports.
“I really love the Huntington School District because it has great teachers and staff who have really helped me develop the skills I have today,” Ms. Hernandez said. “They have been there for me by lending their listening ears.”