Colette Barron began her journey through Huntington UFSD at Flower Hill School. In a few short months she will graduate from Huntington High School with the Class of 2019. The teenager plans to move on to Manhattan College in the fall and study for possible careers in broadcasting or journalism.
“I chose Manhattan College because of all the great opportunities it has to offer,” Ms. Barron said. “It is only a one train ride away from Manhattan, which grants me many connections and internship opportunities. I visited many schools, but when I stepped foot on Manhattan’s campus in September I knew it was for me. Even though the campus is in the Bronx, it really feels like you are upstate. The campus is so beautiful and there are many events always happening since Manhattan College is an NCAA Division I school. Manhattan also granted me the best scholarship out of all of my schools.”
Huntington High School senior Colette Barron.
The teenager considered Towson University, University of Scranton, SUNY purchase, SUNY Geneseo and Siena College before choosing Manhattan College.
“I am majoring in communications, which is a very broad major,” Ms. Barron said. “I want to go into the field of broadcasting, but I also want to look into journalism as well. I may minor once I go to Manhattan College, but I am not sure yet. My sister, Chloe, works at iHeartRadio in the city. I really love the field of work that she is involved in, so I am leaning towards that direction in broadcasting.”
The senior’s best friends include Sara Frawley, Sophie Dellecave, Bella Thompson, Olivia Genova and Kerrie Joyce. “I have known Colette for many years and her kindness continues to inspire me,” Ms. Frawley said. “She is a great friend with a bold personality that allows her to thrive in everything she does. Manhattan College is lucky to have her. I can’t wait to see what she will do in the future.”
Ms. Barron has run on the Blue Devil varsity cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams. A member of the Art Honor Society and women’s empowerment club, she’s also a contributor to The Dispatch, the high school’s student newspaper.
“I can’t pick a number one favorite teacher because each of my teachers has been so supportive and are always there for me to any a question after class, to take the time when I need extra help or to just give me a word of encouragement. A couple of my favorite teacher are Ms. [Kelly] Quintero, Mrs. [Pamela] Piffard, Mrs. [Patricia] Avelli and Madame [Deidre] Mayer.”
Ms. Barron is admired by her friends. “She’s always full of energy,” Ms. Thompson said. “I know I can always get her to cheer me up. I’m sad she’s leaving me at the end of the school year.”
The teenager is excited about what lies ahead at Manhattan College, but Ms. Barron will always hold fond memories of Huntington High School in her heart.
“I will always remember the memories I have made within the community,” Ms. Barron said. “I won’t ever forget the moments I have had with my track teammates, traveling to overnight meets, being supportive of one another and always throwing fun into any situation. I won’t ever forget the hard work and perseverance I have put into all my classes throughout high school and having teachers and friends being so supportive of me. Huntington is such a diverse and special place. I have met so many people that have made me a better person. I cannot wait to go to college and continue making memories and meeting various new people from different backgrounds.”