Laurel Bonn’s star is shining brighter than ever. The Huntington High School sophomore is a remarkable young woman possessing immeasurable talents. She has Ivy League ambitions and with her drive and determination no goal seems out of her reach.
Huntington High School sophomore Laurel Bonn
The sophomore has a full schedule of classes, which include Advanced Placement Biology, AP World History, English 10 Honors, Latin 3 Honors, Algebra 2 Honors and Advanced Drawing and Painting.
“My favorite course this year is AP Biology with Mrs. [Deborah] Beck,” Ms. Bonn said. “Although it is my most difficult class, Mrs. Beck makes it easy and fun to learn about biology, a subject that I see myself pursuing a career in.”
Ms. Bonn plays on the Blue Devil varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams and she is a major contributor to both programs. (She even played on the varsity basketball team as an eighth grader.)
The teenager also participates in many clubs and academic organizations, including Grandfriends, Key Club, Latin Club, National History Day club, Habitat for Humanity, English Honor Society and Art Honor Society. Ms. Bonn is also the treasurer of the Environmental Club.
The teenager is popular with teachers and her classmates. Ms. Bonn considers McKenna Buffa and Daniela Luca to be her closest friends.
“One of my favorite teachers is Mrs. [Kelly] Krycinski, who was my ninth grade English teacher,” Ms. Bonn said. “She was always there when I was having a bad day and was such an amazing teacher.”
The sophomore’s advice to incoming freshmen? “Get involved in the school as much as you can and make the most out of your four years,” Ms. Bonn said. “Some of the clubs that I joined have created amazing memories that I will never forget.”
While she is still a long way from graduation in June 2023, Ms. Bonn is already looking ahead to her future. “I am very interested in Princeton University to hopefully play lacrosse or field hockey,” she said. “I want to major in biology and become a bioengineer.”
Ms. Bonn and research partners Talia Addeo and McKenna Buffa captured one of the top awards in last winter’s National History Day contest for their group website project titled “Miracle in the Mold: Penicillin Breaking Barriers in Medicine.”
The teenager has been winning awards for many years. As a seventh grader she won the Carolyn Fostel Best in Show Award at the Town of Huntington’s 2018 Tulip Festival. Her spectacular illustration of Heckscher Park was created with a combination of watercolors and colored pencil.
“Although it is only my sophomore year, I love Huntington,” Ms. Bonn said. “It offers so many opportunities with many teachers that will have a lasting impact on my life. I have created so many memories with my friends and hope to make many more in my next two years.”