Matt Girimonti has used the past four years to expand his horizons and sort out his interests and establish his future goals. The Huntington High School senior is now set to take the next step in his journey at Elon University in North Carolina.
“Elon felt like home since the moment I visited campus,” Mr. Girimonti said. “Its students have strong relationships with one another, which allows for a fun experience as well as a comfortable learning environment.” The teenager intends to study finance at Elon and eventually pursue a career in that field in New York City.
Huntington senior Matthew Girimonti
Mr. Girimonti has earned varsity letters playing for the Blue Devil golf, basketball and tennis teams. He is the head advisor for the Young Leaders youth development organization. A member of the high school’s National Honor Society chapter, he leads the youth board for deacons at Old First Church.
The senior’s closest friends are Cole Pillion, John Lourenso, Pat Sclafani, Daniel Danziger, Jack Flores, Charlie O’Rourke, Chris Weber and Renato Erek.
Mr. Girimonti’s favorite teachers have been Paige Furman and Fred Bisogno. “I was able to connect with Mrs. Furman since she taught many classes that are business related and that’s the career I am pursuing,” he said. “I also learned a lot from her last year in Virtual Enterprise as the chief marketing officer of Poppy,” the VE company we developed. Mr. Bisogno and I connected since we are both interested in history and follow sports such as football and hockey. They're both great teachers that I was fortunate enough to have and learn many things from during high school.”
The senior’s advice for incoming Huntington freshmen? “Get involved in the school early and start preparing for college now,” Mr. Girimonti said. “Whether it is sports, music or any other club you are slightly interested in, you can develop connections with people you never would have expected. Getting good grades early and developing a good work ethic early will help you when it’s time to enter the real world down the line.”
Last summer, Mr. Girimonti vacationed in the Bahamas and this past Thanksgiving he traveled to Florida. Wherever he goes, he learns something new.
“I’ve had a great time at Huntington,” the teenager said. “I’ve learned a lot from teachers and other students and created some lifelong friendships. I value the skills that I’ve gained from being in the high school and will utilize them in the real world.”