Gianna Forte is gaining admirers for her “all in” attitude that has the Huntington High School sophomore working hard in her classes, having fun in clubs and playing to win on three sports teams. She’s a strong, independent young woman with a wonderful sense of humor and unsurpassed loyalty to her friends and teammates.
Ms. Forte’s current academic schedule includes courses in English 10 Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, Chemistry Honors, Advanced Placement Global History, Spanish Honors and ceramics.
Huntington sophomore Gianna Forte.
“The class that interests me the most is probably chemistry or ceramics,” Ms. Forte said. “Chemistry is a class that is just super challenging, but also interesting and ceramics with Ms. [Ayallah] Jeddah is just such a fun class.”
The teenager plays on the Blue Devil varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. “Since I’ve been on the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams as an eighth grader and varsity soccer as a ninth grader, I have looked up to and become close with some of the older girls, who have all given me such a great experience,” Ms. Forte said.
The sophomore is an essential member of all three teams and is set to breakout as one of Suffolk’s top underclassmen. She plays very hard and likes to be in the middle of the action when the game is on the line.
Ms. Forte has been inducted into a handful of academic honor societies and she also participates in the high school’s Interact club chapter, volunteering as the group pursues community service activities around Huntington.
“Mr. [Joseph] Cohen has definitely been one of my favorite teachers so far,” Ms. Forte said. “I had him for biology in ninth grade and he made a challenging course easy to learn and a very interesting one. He is also a teacher that you can go to for anything.”
Ms. Forte’s advice to incoming freshmen? “Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible, whether it’s a sport or club,” she said. “It definitely makes high school a lot of fun. I would also say to set goals and stay organized because it will definitely help you in the future.”
Whether it’s a teacher calling on her for the answer to a question or a coach putting her into a game to score crucial points for the team, Ms. Forte is always ready. She prides herself on preparation and has never faltered. It’s one of the reasons her teammates know they can always count on her in a crucial situation.
“As of right now, there are many different colleges that I am looking at and I’ve definitely been keeping all of my options open,” Ms. Forte said. “I want to play lacrosse in college so that is another aspect to consider in my college search.”
The teenager is interested in pursuing a college degree in sports medicine with an ultimate career goal of being a physical therapist.
“With everything that has been going on school is definitely very different, but I have enjoyed my experience at Huntington so far,” Ms. Forte said. “I am excited for the rest of my sophomore year and am looking forward to junior and senior years”