Award recipients Emily Geller and Chris Maichin flank department chair Joe Leavy

Geller & Maichin Garner Excellence in Research Award

Award recipients Emily Geller and Chris Maichin flank department chair Joe Leavy

August 3 , 2022

Emily Geller and Christopher Maichin compiled exceptional records over the past four years at Huntington High School. The Class of 2022 members have been collaborators throughout and produced award winning results in numerous pursuits. The duo are this year’s National History Day Excellence in Research Award recipients.

Ms. Geller is headed to George Washington University. Mr. Maichin will pursue a degree at Colby College in Maine. Chairman of Humanities Joseph Leavy presented the duo with handsome certificates and $150 stipends at this year’s senior departmental awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.

An Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Ms. Geller graduated as a member of four academic honor societies. She said that finding a “healthy balance” between maintain her grades allowing herself to continue doing things she enjoys has been the key to her success. She especially enjoyed getting involved in the school and community, making new friends and developing close and productive relationships with her teachers.

Ms. Geller played a key role in the Huntington mock trial team’s county championship and second place finish in the state finals this past year. She has been interning for many years at a law firm specializing in immigration law. A graduate of Huntington UFSD’s dual language program, the teenager was the high school’s National Honor Society chapter president the past year. She also played on the Blue Devil varsity tennis and lacrosse teams.

Ms. Geller plans to pursue a degree in political science at George Washington, where she also hopes to be a member of the university’s mock trial team.

An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Mr. Maichin is an all-around good guy. He was recruited by Colby College to play on its men’s lacrosse team. A member of five academic honor societies, he said the key to his success has been a “continued drive” to become a better version of himself.

Mr. Maichin starred on Huntington’s championship mock trial team and was a standout in the Virtual Enterprise business program. A Blue Devil lacrosse team captain, he is an award winning midfielder. President of the high school Social Studies Honor Society, the teenager is always striving to strengthen the relationships with those around him. He likes to remind himself that “there’s always something you don’t know.”

Mr. Maichin intends to major in government at Colby College.