Lions Club President John DeLorenzo Cristian Avelar-Romero.

Cristian Avelar-Romero Captures $5,000 Lions Club Scholarship

Lions Club President John DeLorenzo Cristian Avelar-Romero.

July 20 , 2022

The Huntington Lions Club doesn’t have the slightest doubt that Cristian Avelar-Romero is headed for a lifetime of success. The organization has presented the Huntington High School Class of 2022 member with a $5,000 scholarship award to help defray college related expenses.

A spectacular young man who carries himself with grace and dignity in every aspect of his life, Mr. Avelar-Romero is headed to Cornell University where he plans to study mechanical engineering.

 Cristian Avelar-Romero is headed to Cornell University.
Cristian Avelar-Romero is headed to Cornell University.

Huntington Lions Club President John DeLorenzo was on hand to present the $5,000 scholarship to Mr. Avelar-Romero at the high school’s senior academic scholarships and awards ceremony.

The teenager attributes his success to “hard work, perseverance and determination.” Mr. Avelar-Romero said the encouragement he has received from his parents have played an oversized role in his achievements to date.

Working hard in and out of the classroom and using “adversities” as motivation has served Mr. Avelar-Romero well. He played on the Blue Devil varsity soccer team that reached the county championship game for the first time in 57 years and ran on Huntington’s winter and spring track and field teams.

A member of five different academic honor societies, Mr. Avelar-Romero was recognized as a Distinguished Senior last spring after earning a grade average of 90 or better during every semester of high school.

The teenager said he has especially enjoyed meeting new people and forming bonds with his teachers, who pushed him to do his best and made learning fun.

The mission of Lions Clubs International is “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”

Huntington Lions Club scholarship award winners since 1995 include:

1995 Davienne Montbleau
1996 Hugo Guardado
1997 Christopher Weston
1998 Lynn Marie Goldstein
1999 Marlon Wolfman
2000 Shameka Pennycook
2001 Leonard Somarriba
2002 Angel Ramirez
2003 Veronica Hernandez
2004 Not awarded
2005 Nicole Saylors
2006 Marissa Signorelli
2007 Ashley Johnson
2008 Sasha Lee Hemmings
2009 Dillon Blatt
2010 Joselin Rodriquez
2011 Meghan Rowland
2012 Joseph Straub
2013 Scarlet Bardales
2014 Not awarded
2015 Not awarded
2016 Not awarded
2017 Not awarded
2018 Not awarded
2019 Jeraine Nieves-Morales
2020 Not awarded
2021 Lily O’Heir
2022 Cristian Avelar-Romero