Julia Engle’s easygoing manner helps people feel very comfortable in her presence, but the Huntington High School senior wants to take her talents to a whole new level by becoming a medical doctor, possibly specializing in pediatrics.
The senior hasn’t finalized her college plans yet as she waits to hear back from five universities. Penn State, Rutgers, Albany and Marist have already accepted Ms. Engle for the fall semester. She plans to major in biology with a pre-med track.
“I plan to pursue a career in medicine,” Ms. Engle said. “Right now I am interested in pediatrics, but am not sure what I want to specialize in. As I gain more experiences while in medical school, I will decide whether to pursue general pediatrics or pick a more specific area.”
Ms. Engle’s senior year schedule includes Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Spanish 5 honors, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC and band.
A four year member of the Blue Devil marching band, Ms. Engle has loved the experience.
“Being a part of the marching band has been one of my favorite parts of high school,” said. “I have made many great friends that I know will last a lifetime. The marching band has given me many great memories and experiences such as performing an oboe solo two years in a row, coming in first in the state championship and going to Disney with some of my closest friends.”
The teenager has been in the high school’s wind ensemble since her freshman year. “I have always enjoyed being part of the wind ensemble and playing more challenging music,” Ms. Engle said.
The senior has played with the pit orchestra in the spring musical since she was a sophomore. “I love playing in pit because it is such a unique experience,” Ms. Engle said. “Performing in the pit has also given me the opportunity to play the English horn, which I always find challenging and fun.”
A member of Huntington’s Key Club chapter, Ms. Engle has also been inducted into high school’s National Honor Society chapter as well as the Tri-M Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Science Honor Society. She’s treasurer of the school band and the Science Honor Society’s tutoring coordinator.
“Throughout my high school career I have grown close to Ms. [Aimee] Antorino,” said Ms. Engle about one of Huntington’s veteran English teachers. “She has always been there to help me with whatever I needed. Mr. [Edward] Florea and Mrs. [Deborah] Beck have also had a great impact on my high school career. Mr. Florea was a great teacher and would always make sure the material was understood while still keeping the class interesting and fun. It was in his class in tenth grade that I decided I wanted to major in a science. Mrs. Beck was one of the best teachers I’ve had. Her extensive knowledge of biology sparked my interest and allowed me to realize I wanted to study biology in college. I also enjoyed my Pre-Calculus BC and Calculus BC classes with Mrs. [Patricia] Avelli and Mrs. [Monica] Racz.”
Ms. Engle has been studying in the Huntington School District since her first day of kindergarten at Washington Primary School. She gained many admirers among her classmates and the district’s faculty along the way and will graduate as one of the most respected members of the Class of 2017.
“During all my years in high school, performing at the All-State music conference my junior year is one of my favorite memories,” Ms. Engle said. “Playing with such talented musicians from around the state was in incredible experience that I will never forget. I also have enjoyed participating in the Sears shopping tour with Key Club. I have always enjoyed this experience and seeing the joy on the children’s faces. Although it was cancelled this year due to inclement weather, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spread some holiday cheer the previous years. This was always an event I looked forward to every year.”
Ms. Engle is traveling with some of her classmates on an EF Tours organized trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during next week’s mid-winter vacation. The private trip is led by Huntington social studies teacher Camille Tedeschi.
“I am incredibly excited for this journey and look forward to exploring the islands,” Ms. Engle said. “I remember learning about all the animals on these islands in seventh grade and cannot wait to finally travel there and see the islands for myself.”
As her future plans come into clearer focus, Ms. Engle hopes to savor these last months of high school and enjoy the time she has left with her friends and the teachers she has grown close to.
“I have had a great experience at Huntington,” Ms. Engle said. “I have made many amazing friendships and lots of great memories. Although I’m sad to be finishing this chapter of my life, I am excited to see what the future holds.”