Anna Gulizio is headed to Syracuse University, but the new Huntington High School graduate will always remember her senior year internship in the athletic office.
An integral member of the school community, Ms. Gulizio was one of the go-to people when anyone wanted information or needed to get something done. She is considering a career in social work.
During her credit bearing internship, Ms. Gulizio worked closely with Georgia Deren McCarthy, Huntington’s district director of physical education, health, interscholastic athletes and driver education. The teenager played on three different Blue Devil varsity sports teams and she seamlessly blended into the office, helping Ms. McCarthy and the secretaries and easily interacting with teachers and coaches.
“I loved my internship,” Ms. Gulizio said. “It was so much fun working with Mrs. McCarthy. Being an athlete, I really enjoyed getting a look behind the scenes at what actually goes on to make the Huntington athletic program as strong as it is. I’ll definitely miss fifth period in her office everyday next year.”
The teenager was a standout in soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field for the Blue Devils, serving in a leadership role in every sport. She was All-League in soccer, All-County in basketball, All-Division and Academic All-County.
Ms. Gulizio was honored for her work during the internship at the 49th annual Blue Devil senior athletic awards banquet in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium this past spring. Ms. McCarthy presented the teenager with a plaque before a crowd of about 300.
The plaque was engraved as follows: “It takes more than just passion for sports to stay on top of our game. Your dedication and determination to learn and participate in the management of the athletic office is appreciated. You are a true Blue Devil.”
A member of Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter and a Natural Helper, Ms. Gulizio was named a Distinguished Senior last spring after compiling at least a 90 academic grade average in every semester of high school. She especially enjoyed biology and physics classes, but really excelled across the board.
As she enjoys her final summer before beginning college, Ms. Gulizio is savoring the time she is spending with her family and friends. She’s excited about the new experience that awaits her at Syracuse, but she will never forget all the friendships and memories she made during her four years at Huntington High School.