Huntington High School senior Aidan Forbes is headed to Cornell University (1)

Valedictorian Aidan Forbes Switches Gears

Huntington High School senior Aidan Forbes is headed to Cornell University.

May 14, 2018

Life is full of surprises. Just ask Aidan Forbes. The Huntington High School Class of 2018 valedictorian thought he was all set to attend Vanderbilt University in the fall and then came a letter inviting him to enroll at Cornell University. The teenager took the Ivy League school up on its offer.

Mr. Forbes plans to study in Cornell’s Dyson School of Business. He said that Cornell is a much better fit for him academically considering his career interests.

“I wanted to major in business, which I couldn’t do at Vanderbilt,” Mr. Forbes said. “Dyson is a great business school with plenty of opportunities for internships and a strong alumni network.”

Huntington High School Class of 2018 valedictorian Aidan Forbes.
Huntington High School Class of 2018 valedictorian Aidan Forbes.

A National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Mr. Forbes is the president of Huntington’s Math Honor Society and the Mathletes club. He’s volunteered at Huntington Hospital and won first place honors in State History Day and third place in the National History Day finals at the University of Maryland.

“I thought about it a lot, but felt that ultimately, Cornell was the right place for me,” Mr. Forbes said. “I thought the campus was really beautiful and the town of Ithaca is a pretty cool college town.”

If ever there was a humble high school senior, it’s Aidan Forbes. He doesn’t really like to talk about himself and likes discussing his accomplishments even less. But he’s achieved plenty, academically, artistically and athletically.

Mr. Forbes has excelled in the most challenging high school courses offered, accompanied the concert choir for three years on piano and started at defense on the first Blue Devil boys’ soccer team to win an outright league title in 28 years.

There’s little doubt among Huntington High School faculty members that Mr. Forbes is destined for a spectacular experience at Cornell, one that will see him achieve success by every possible measure.

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