A spectacular group Huntington High School seniors captured numerous science honors at the annual academic awards ceremony in the auditorium last month.
Luke Eidle and Amelia Reilly captured the Martin Schnittman Award for Physics, which carries a $500 stipend. Named for a longtime Huntington High School physics teacher who passed away prematurely, the scholarship is one of the most prestigious presented each June.
Mr. Eidle is headed to Rutgers University in the fall. He plans to study aerospace engineering. The key to his success has been determination and time management. Captain of the varsity football and baseball teams, he also played an integral role in Huntington Robotics qualifying for the FIRST World Championships in Detroit. He has even attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
Ms. Reilly plans to study physics at Lafayette College. She cites “hard work and perseverance” as the key ingredients in her success. President of the high school drama club and an active participate in the student government, robotics team and the Science Olympiad, the teenager even found the time to travel to Ireland and explore all that the Emerald Isle has to offer.
Science Honor Society Awards
Alexandra Heuwetter (Ithaca College), Rachel Moss (Cornell University), Isabella Piccola (Pace University) and Amelia Reilly (Lafayette College were presented with this year’s Science Honor Society awards. Each of the teenagers received a certificate and a $500 stipend.
Suffolk County Science Teachers’ Association Award
Villanova University bound Sebastian Stamatatos was the recipient of the Suffolk County Science Teachers Association Award. He was the salutatorian of Huntington’s Class of 2018.
St. John’s University Women in Science Society Awards
St. John’s University Women in Science Society Awards were presented to Isabella Annunziata (Penn State), Katherine Aparicio (Wells College), Christina Brillante (Farmingdale State College), Charlotte Brosoff (Binghamton University), Lianna DeChiaro (Hofstra University), Ana Diaz (Nassau Community College), Mikayla Gaspar (George Mason University), Margaret Giles (SUNY Purchase) , Emily Miron (University at Buffalo), Casey Moskowitz (University of Miami), Rachel Moss (Cornell University), Katarina Obermaier (Colgate University), Morgan Oh (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), Isabella Piccola (Pace University), Amelia Reilly (Lafayette College), Jamie Rosenbauer (CUNY Hunter College), Lindsay Saginaw (UCLA), Samantha Sgrizzi (Boston University) and Jamie Spector (Northeastern University).
Luke Eidle garnered the Rensselaer Medal. The Class of 2018 member plans to study aerospace engineering at Rutgers University.
“The Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines,” according to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s website. “The medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is on par with the Harvard Book Prize and the Brown Book Award as the most celebrated recognitions of excellence in secondary school education, according to an article that appeared in Rensselaer alumni magazine.”
All of the senior awards were presented by Jill N. Johanson, the district’s director of STEM.