Guidance counselor Diana Bonilla with SEPTA scholarship recipients.

Huntington SEPTA Presents Awards to Seniors

Guidance counselor Diana Bonilla with SEPTA scholarship recipients.

July 18 , 2022

Huntington UFSD’s SEPTA chapter presented continuing education awards to Class of 2022 members Zoe Dumas, James Felicetta, Kevin Grenados-Lopez, Abigail Lewis, Brendan Rubery, Nicholas Smalling and Giselle Velasquez-Tejada. Each of the awards includes a financial stipend of $500.

Ms. Dumas will be attending Marist College while Mr. Felicetta is headed to Farmingdale State College. Mr. Granados-Lopez plans to participate in New York State’s ACCES-VR program. Ms. Lewis intends to take a gap year. Messrs. Rubery and Smalling will both be pursuing degrees at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus. Ms. Velasquez-Tejada will be engaging in adult tech studies.

Huntington SEPTA also presented a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Ancient Order of Hibernians to Caitlin Murtagh, who intends to attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and pursue a degree in marketing/sports marketing.

The awards were presented by guidance counselor Diana Bonilla during Huntington High School’s senior scholarships and awards ceremony.

“These students were chosen because they exemplify core values of perseverance, leadership and dedication,” Ms. Bonilla said. “These students have overcome challenges, achieved academic success and are identified as positive peer role models throughout the school and greater community.”

“SEPTA recognizes that students have a broad range of learning styles and abilities,” according to the organization. “We aim to support existing or innovative new programs so that each child’s educational experience is maximized. SEPTA sponsors a variety of events as well as unique activities for all children.”

SEPTA sponsors a grant program for teachers and also honors several faculty and support staff members each year with Distinguished Service Awards. It raises the bulk of its funds at an annual gala traditionally held at the Bay Club each spring.

“SEPTA members collaborate and strengthen partnerships among the district’s staff and serve as a resource for parents and teachers,” according to the group. “Throughout the school year, SEPTA holds informal meetings or Coffee Talks for parents to connect. SEPTA also hosts presentations, inviting speakers who address an array of relevant topics.” All SEPTA meetings and presentations are free of charge.