Marina Ruzic’s Violin Enhances Huntington’s Orchestra

Huntington senior Marina Ruzic.

January 10, 2017

Marina Ruzic has so many talents. The Huntington High School senior is interested in veterinary medicine, runs on the Blue Devil track and plays violin in the school orchestra.

“I started playing the violin in third grade after the school district I was in (Port Washington) introduced us to string instruments,” Ms. Ruzic said. “I believe I made the right decision as so many things came from playing, both lasting friendships and learning how to work hard and be patient while improving.”

Since coming to Huntington, Ms. Ruzic has thrived in every way, including musically. “It is a very rewarding feeling being able to play a very difficult piece and that sense of accomplishment has stayed with me from third grade to senior year,” she said. “The orchestra teachers I have had in the Huntington School District have done an excellent job preparing us for concerts and have kept us motivated to keep working hard, especially Ms. [Nicole] Castaldo.”

The talented and happy teenager has many friends around the high school. She gives everything she has to all of her activities and the results have been impressive.

“I have enjoyed being part of the chamber orchestra, where I have been pushed to my potential, coming together in the end to perform a beautiful concert,” Ms. Ruzic said. “I would highly recommend joining the music program Huntington has to offer as there are not many like it, with teachers as hard working as the ones Huntington has. It is a great opportunity to be part of something so wonderful.”

The senior is undecided on what she wants to study in college, but she is trending toward medicine; specifically veterinary medicine. She wants to run track in college, too.

A Natural Helper and a member of Young Leaders, a local youth development organization, Ms. Ruzic has been inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the English and French honor societies. She serves as president of the latter.

The teenager has earned varsity letters with the Blue Devil cross country, winter and spring track and field teams. Ms. Ruzic has competed at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia twice and went to the outdoor national championships last spring.

“My coaches, [Debra] Cheskes and [Shawn] Anderson have been great motivators throughout high school,” Ms. Ruzic said. “Madame Mayer, who has taught my French class since freshman year has been an important teacher of mine, in addition to Mr. [James] Graber and Mr. [Edward] Florea, whose classes I have greatly enjoyed. Lastly, Mr. Gilmor and Coach Kevin Thorbourne have been incredible people in my life, being completely selfless and always there for support.”

With her senior year nearly half over, Ms. Ruzic has is more aware than ever that the Class of 2017 will be replaced in the building by hundreds of incoming ninth graders next September.

“Advice I would offer to freshmen would be to immerse yourself in the opportunities Huntington has to offer and find things you love to do with people you love to be with,” Ms. Ruzic said.

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