Ryan Hoffmann will be off to college soon, but he will never forget the teacher who has helped propel his journey.
Huntington High School’s Class of 2019 salutatorian is headed to Northeastern University to study chemical engineering and mathematics, but regardless of how far away he travels, he will always remember science teacher Dame Forbes.
The teenager will be enrolling in the honors program at Northeastern. Mr. Hoffmann is interested in a career as a chemical engineer, but he is open to specific jobs or maybe even an entirely different engineering field.
The senior has always worked well with his teachers, from his very first day in a kindergarten classroom at Washington Primary School, but Mrs. Forbes especially stands out “because of her ability to make learning chemistry fun as well as being a giant support to me for the past three years and helping to guide me towards my current career path,” Mr. Hoffmann said.
Before choosing to attend Northeastern University, Mr. Hoffmann considered Case Western Reserve University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Stony Brook University. Truth be told, he has the academic credentials to go just about anywhere.
“Ryan Hoffmann is as personable as he is brilliant,” Mrs. Forbes said. “He has so many interests and the capacity to explore them meaningfully and with enthusiasm. He approaches things often with the phrase ‘that’s easy,’ however even if it isn’t easy he has the ‘stick-to-itiveness’ to get it done with ease. I admire him very much as a growing young man and I am excited about his journey. He is a fantastic well rounded student and his presence will be missed in the building.”
Mr. Hoffmann is finishing a great run through Huntington High School. Corresponding secretary of the English Honor Society, a Science Olympiad team member and a participant in Brookhaven National Lab’s student research program, the senior will graduate next month with a long list of achievements.