Sophia Segal thoroughly enjoys volunteering and performing community service and now she has taken her twin interests to a new level. The Huntington High School sophomore is the lieutenant governor of Division 3 of the Key Club’s New York District.
“My sister, Julia held the position before me and she inspired me to run,” Ms. Segal said. “I saw all of the opportunities that the position brought to her, whether it be through the connections she made or getting to present on topics that she felt passionate about. My current responsibilities include sending out weekly updates to the division, completing newsletters every month, attending board meetings, completing a legacy drive where I write advice to my future successor about Key Club and my experience with the position so far and bi-monthly listing all of the communications that I have had during that set period of time with those around the division.”
The sophomore is a great student and she’s especially enjoying her English 10 Honors course this year. “I find it to be extremely interesting because our theme this year is the American Dream and Humanity in Conflict,” Ms. Segal said. “I think that the theme really applies to today, so everything that we have done in class has really sparked my interest. In the spring semester I am also taking Philosophy with Mr. [Joseph] Leavy. I’m really looking forward to this class because I am planning on studying in the area of the humanities in the future, so I believe that this course will prepare me for that.”
Ms. Segal is a very involved student, participating in many extracurricular activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, environmental club, yearbook club and the Spanish Honor Society. “In the future, I hope to be elected into a position in student government and also aspire to join more academic honor societies,” she said.
The teenager considers Isabella Lanfranco to be one of her closest friends. “We have known each other since sixth grade,” Ms. Segal said. “Key Club and my other extracurriculars have also brought me many new close friends. My sister is also my closest friend. She has been such an amazing role model for me and has set an incredible example of how to be a good person.”
A dynamic young woman with boundless energy, Ms. Segal is a force to be reckoned with when she trains her attention on a goal.
“One teacher that stood out to me is Ms. [Paige] Furman,” Ms. Segal said. “Last year, she was my Business Management teacher and taught me skills that I know will be useful to me inside and outside of school. One was to always persevere through challenges in your life. I found this lesson to be extremely important and it has helped me every day, especially during the pandemic.”
The teenager said another “standout” teacher has been English department faculty member Aimee Antorino. “Although the year has been filled with many challenges related to getting to know my teachers, I have been able to develop a really strong connection with Ms. Anotorino,” Ms. Segal said. “I think that one part of this is because she teaches my favorite subject, but another part is that we are very similar and are always able to have great conversations.”
The sophomore said still another teacher who has made a “significant impact” on her is Elizabeth Casazza. “Not only was she my Spanish teacher last year, but she is also my yearbook club advisor this year,” Ms. Segal said. “From Ms. Casazza, I have learned to be dedicated and always to put my best foot forward toward what I want to accomplish.”
Ms. Segal is well on her way toward leaving an indelible mark at Huntington High School, excelling in her studies and making valuable contributions to numerous organizations
“Up to this point, I have had an amazing experience in Huntington,” Ms. Segal said. “A specific highlight for me has been taking part in the dual language program. Being in such a diverse environment like Huntington has really opened my eyes and has allowed me to embrace different cultures. Another aspect of Huntington which I really admire is all of the activities and courses offered. Huntington has given me an amazing education that I wouldn’t have been able to receive anywhere else.”