As she goes about her daily routine at Huntington High School most people that pass Abby Bellistri in the hallway probably don’t have a clue as to just how adventurous the senior really is.
Mr. Bellistri came to the high school after completing her K-8 studies at St. Patrick’s School on Main Street. It didn’t take long for her to seamlessly blend into Huntington’s Class of 2017.
A member of the student government since her freshman year, Ms. Bellistri is currently the school-wide historian. She’s been a Natural Helper since her sophomore year, helping classmates in need sort out and resolve personal issues with kindness and compassion.
Huntington senior Abby Bellistri.
A four-year varsity tennis player for the Blue Devils, Ms. Bellistri captained the team last fall with close friend and fellow senior Gabriella DeLuca.
“Abby is one of my best friends,” Ms. DeLuca said. “I met her when she came to Huntington High School in ninth grade not knowing many people. She was so nice, funny and outgoing. I’m so glad that she came to this school and I am so happy I met her. She is such a successful member of the school.”
Ms. Bellistri teamed up with Mia Breitbarth in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, compiling a 9-3 record. The senior earned a spot on the All-League team for her sharp play.
“I’ve known Abby for four years now from tennis and having her as a student,” said Jamie Fishlow, a Huntington High School physical education teacher and the Blue Devil varsity tennis coach. “There is a constant smile on her face and a general optimistic nature about her. She has worked hard for me, both on the team and in class. She was a co-captain this year and showed a commitment to the team by attending tennis camp and summer workouts. She has a good heart and it has been great knowing her.”
A fine student academically, Ms. Bellistri’s favorite classes have been business courses. She is currently engaged in a credit bearing internship with Huntington business teacher Suzie Biagi. “She is one of my favorite people at the high school,” said the teenager about the longtime faculty member.
Always ready for a new adventure, Ms. Bellistri signed onto the mock trial team this year, filling a role as an attorney for the plaintiff in the statewide case. Huntington is 2-0 in the competition entering this week, with wins over Half Hollow Hills East and Rocky Point.
“It is a lot of work, but definitely worth it,” said the teenager about her courtroom work. “I am unsure what my future career will be, but I am definitely interested in the law.”
Ms. Bellistri is headed to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to study business management. Founded in stages between 1410 and 1413, it’s said to be the third oldest university in the English-speaking world after Oxford and Cambridge.
“It’s definitely a unique choice, but I love trying new things and I am looking forward to the adventure,” Ms. Bellistri said. “I was looking for schools out of the country because I love to travel and wanted to try something different. I came across St. Andrews, visited it and fell in love and they have a great business program.”
The teenager enjoyed a remarkably diversified experience of academics, clubs and sports over the past four years. It’s a time in her life that she’ll always remember fondly.
“My favorite thing about Huntington High School is definitely the people,” Ms. Bellistri said. “All the teachers and students are so giving and willing to help you with anything. I came from St. Patrick’s School, so I didn’t know anyone at the high school when I arrived for my freshman year, but everyone welcomed me with open arms.”
In four short years, Ms. Bellistri has made many good friends and earned their respect and admiration. When she graduates in June, she will leave behind an all-around record that speaks for itself.
“Abby has been one of my best friends for years now and is one of the most amazing people I have ever met,” senior Kayla Ryan said. “She is caring, generous and absolutely hilarious. I know she is going to go on to do great things and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things she accomplishes in her life.”