The Blue Devil crew team is one of Long Island’s oldest and most accomplished. Three graduating Huntington High School rowers were honored during the 49th annual senior athletic awards banquet in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Molly Warren was named Most Valuable and Torre Palmer garnered the Coaches Award. William Garfinkel was recognized as Most Improved. District Director of Athletics Georgia D. McCarthy represented the Blue Devil coaching staff in presenting the awards before a crowd of more than 300.
“Molly Warren is a born leader,” Ms. McCarthy said. “She knows when and where she is needed and helps the team come together. If you have a hard time rowing or on a personal level, she will find the time to talk to you. Over the last few years, Molly has matured tremendously. Wherever her path takes her, she will continue to help and guide and leave a lasting mark. Rowing was a stepping stone for Molly to show who she really is. She will push herself as hard as she can and she will make sure you do the same.”
Ms. Warren will be studying industrial design at Rochester Institute of Technology. Ambitious and always striving to do great things, the teenager’s personal drive to improve has been a key to her success. President of the Art Honor Society, she designed the Homecoming Day t-shirts, helped paint the set for last fall’s drama club production, reaching the regional finals of National History Day and was among the top seniors academically in the Class of 2017.
Ms. Palmer will be attending SUNY Oswego where she plans to prepare for a career as an earth science teacher. “If you need to smile just a little a day, spend a minute with Torre,” said Ms. McCarthy on behalf of the crew coaches. “Although she knows when it is time to be serious, she will make sure you can see the hoy in what you do. She can even make clean-up day, rigging day or the hardest workout a fun and happy thing to do. You want people like Torre to be around you. She will center you, push you and will always be there for you.”
Mr. Garfinkel will be studying international relations and French at Colgate University. “Billy just took to the water for the first time last April and for sure, it wasn’t the easiest or warmest thing he has ever done, but when it was time to start racing and dedicating more time to this adventure, he was right there,” Ms. McCarthy said. “He shows that it is never too late to start. To pick up a new sport as a senior is something to admire and to start with no experience and go all the way to the state championships and qualify for the ‘B’ final is a big deal.”
A strong sense of self and being goal oriented has served Mr. Garfinkel well. A member of multiple academic honor societies and an All-State musician, he performed in the high school pit orchestra during the spring musical. He even found time to participate in a study abroad program, engaging in challenging studies at the Sorbonne.
The most recent Blue Devil crew team was coached by Avery Cohen and Anika Selle Giehl with assistance from Ryan Boone.