Thomas Stock can do it all. The Huntington High School senior plays football and baseball, is a valued member of the robotics team and can even sing. That’s just a taste of his many talents.
Mr. Stock is a happy-go-lucky sort of guy who usually has a big smile on his face. He enjoys making the people around him feel good and he’s worked hard in and out of class to make the most of the opportunities that have come his way during high school.
“Over the last four years, I have had a lot of great moments and memories,” Mr. Stock said. “Playing varsity football was a large highlight for me, because I made a second family and it taught me the meaning of hard work. Playing baseball was also very fun, because I got to play my favorite sport for two years on the varsity level. Robotics was another great highlight for me because I had a great time working countless hours building robots that our entire team was proud of and we got to go to the world championship in St. Louis both years I was on the team.”
Huntington senior Thomas Stock.
While Mr. Stock is proud of what he has accomplished in sports and school, the human element of high school towers over everything else. “I would have to say my best memory of high school would be all of the great friends I have made,” he said. “My grandma always said that the more friends you have, the more exciting life will be and that couldn’t have been more true.”
The teenager brought down the house at the Key Club’s K-Factor talent show last March with a memorable singing performance before a huge crowd that filled the high school auditorium. He captured third place honors and for those in attendance, his time on the stage won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
“I have so many faculty and staff members that I consider my favorites,” Mr. Stock said. “From my coaches, Steve Muller, Todd Jamison and Andrew ‘Hammer’ White, to teachers Jason Giachetti and Camille Tedeschi and dean Paul Caleca, just to name a few. I have been close to the majority of my teachers during my four years and I have learned important lessons from all of them.”
The teenager is headed to SUNY College at Oneonta in upstate New York where he plans to major in business economics. Considering his outgoing and effervescent personality, it seems assured that Mr. Stock won’t need very long to acquire a huge group of new friends on the campus.
“Going to Huntington High School was probably the best thing that I have lived through so far,” Mr. Stock said. “I’ve gotten to become friends with more people than I could have ever imagined and have explored things that I probably would have never done otherwise. There is truly nothing like Huntington High School and there is no better feeling than being a Blue Devil.”