Cynthia Martinez-Posantes wants to be a nurse. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 member has been laying the groundwork for such a career for several years, studying in a Western Suffolk BOCES professional health careers program.
Ms. Martinez-Posantes is headed to Concordia College in the village of Bronxville in Westchester. She plans to study there for a career in nursing. The small liberal arts college was founded in 1881. It boasts students from more than 30 countries and 32 states.
The teenager is Huntington High School’s recipient of this year’s award presented by the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators of Western Suffolk BOCES. Ms. Martinez-Posantes was honored in recognition of her “outstanding academic performance, attendance, community service and achievement.”
Huntington Class of 2017 member
The ALIVE award features a $100 stipend. “ALIVE’s mission is to provide awards and scholarships to graduating students who attend Wilson Tech,” according to the nomination form.
Ms. Martinez-Posantes will be the first person in her family to attend college. “From day one, Cynthia has exhibited serious drive and determination,” said Bernadette Walsh, Huntington High School’s college counselor. “As a junior, she opted to enroll in the Wilson Tech-BOCES certified nurse assisting program. With a goal of pursuing nursing in college and earning her bachelor of science in nursing, Cynthia thought it wise to explore her career interest while in high school.”
The Huntington teenager was a standout student in the nursing program and the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators of Western Suffolk BOCES took notice. The group “is dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities in the career and technical education programs at Wilson Tech,” according to a profile of the organization, which annually presents a scholarship to one exceptional student from each of the Western Suffolk BOCES component districts.
Ms. Martinez-Posantes engaged in challenging high school coursework, completed an off-site clinical rotation totaling 108 hours and gained admittance to the Renaissance Society; the career and technical education national honor society.
“Cynthia’s high school academic experience has confirmed her desire to pursue nursing,” Mrs. Walsh said. “She understands that continuous hard work will be a requirement in order to successfully complete her college level nursing courses. She’s learned to manage a full academic and extracurricular schedule ranging from community service as a volunteer at Huntington Hospital to athletics to the Skills USA chapter at Wilson Tech, which is a technical club that engages in Quiz Bowl type competitions. She has even managed a part-time job that worked out to full-time hours.”
The teenager is excited to begin the next phase of her life and to start studying for the career she has her heart set on. Concordia College’s campus is located about 30 minutes north of New York City.