Ryann Gaffney and Nick Lanzisero are two of the top members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017, sparkling in a variety of areas and commanding the respect of their teachers, coaches and classmates.
The senior duo’s exceptional academic performance, outstanding character, impressive citizenship and remarkable abilities were formally recognized by the Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance during a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch in Hauppauge this past Wednesday night.
District Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Georgia D. McCarthy and Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack attended the dinner along with Ms. Gaffney and Mr. Lanzisero.
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honored two Huntington seniors.
“Ryann and Nick have excelled in the classroom and on the playing field,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “As importantly, they continue to serve as among the finest of Huntington High School representatives regardless of where they may be at a given time. They have grown into outstanding young adults who will continue to lead by example and work hard to create their own opportunities. All in Huntington join their families in taking pride in what they have accomplished. We are also genuinely excited for the many great things that lie ahead for them!”
The Suffolk Zone annually honors one senior male and female student from each high school in the county. The award recognizes outstanding performance in physical education class over the course of high school.
To be eligible for the Suffolk Zone Award students must have earned at least a 90 average in physical education class and a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in all classes prior to the senior year, demonstrate outstanding character, show leadership skills in both physical education class and general school-wide activities and serve as a role model for other students.
Ms. Gaffney is headed to Boston University where she plans to study communications and play on the NCAA Division I lacrosse team. She recently signed a national letter of intent.
A member of the high school’s Interact Club, Ms. Gaffney has compiled a sterling academic record and is a member of several honor societies. A friendly, personable and outgoing young women, the teenager has excelled with the Blue Devil soccer, indoor track and lacrosse squads, winning an assortment of honors. Her strong academic grade average includes a 99 in physical education class over the past four years.
Mr. Lanzisero is the president of Young Leaders, a community based youth development organization. A peer mediator who helps classmates iron-out their differences, the senior also participates in Huntington Habitat for Humanity chapter and he’s a Natural Helper, too, assisting others who are encountering personal difficulties.
Recently selected to the All-Division second team in football, Mr. Lanzisero also plays on the Blue Devil lacrosse team. He is a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award recipient.
A strong student, Mr. Lanzisero hasn’t finalized his college plans yet. He is considering SUNY Maritime, Loyola University Maryland, Boston College, Binghamton University and Cornell University. He’s undecided on a major, but weighing the possibility of studying leadership. Career interests include giving back to the community and helping others. He holds an overall grade average of 96 in physical education.