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Carolyn Fante is Huntington’s 2011 Valedictorian

Carolyn Fante

After four years of sacrifice and hard work, Carolyn Fante was named valedictorian of Huntington High School’s Class of 2011. She will give the keynote address at the school’s 150th commencement exercises on June 24.

“I am really honored and excited to have been named this year’s valedictorian,” Ms. Fante said. “My class has so many incredibly smart and talented students and to be named valedictorian from among them is something I feel really proud of.”

The senior’s favorite classes have included AP World History, AP US History, AP Economics and AP Government. “Basically I’m a social studies person,” Ms. Fante said. “Mr. [James] Graber and Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi have been two of my favorite teachers. I also enjoyed my chemistry class last year. It was a really unique type of class in that it was really small and we all got along really well. It was also one of my most challenging courses, but Ms. [Dame] Forbes just loves chemistry so much and always encouraged us when the class was difficult.”

Ms. Fante has been active in Huntington’s extracurricular activities and athletic programs over the past four years. She’s been involved in the school newspaper since taking a journalism elective course as a freshman. “I spent two years as a managing editor, before becoming co-editor-in-chief this year,” she said.

The teenager has played on the varsity soccer team in each of the past two seasons. “Last year the team went to the county finals, which was a really great experience to be a part of,” she said. “I will miss playing and practicing with all the girls on the team.”

The senior is president of the Nathan Hale chapter of the National Honor Society, vice-president of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the English, Math and Science honor societies. She also participates in AWOD (A World of Difference) and Grandfriends. “I have especially enjoyed being involved with HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative),” Ms. Fante said. This marks her third year volunteering with the group.

“I think all of the teachers at Huntington High School really know and love the subjects that they teach,” Ms. Fante said. “For example, it was hard to find a biology question that my 10th grade AP Bio teacher, Ms. [Debra] Beck, didn’t know the answer to.” The teenager is a member of Huntington’s Science Bowl team and participates in the Science Olympiad competition.

The 2011 valedictorian has not yet decided which college she will be attending. “I am applying to a bunch of different schools and I am thinking about majoring in international studies, but I’m definitely open to trying other things in college,” she said. “I took a two week class over the summer at Brown University on global development, which I found very interesting. It is where my interest in international studies comes from.”

Faculty members have always been impressed with her intellect and pleasant personality and will miss her next year. “My four years at Huntington High School have been a great experience,” Ms. Fante said.

As her days as a high school student begin to dwindle, Ms. Fante is cramming as much into them as possible. She will graduate with warm feelings for the school community that holds her in such high regard.

“I was new to the Huntington School District in ninth grade after moving here from Brooklyn,” Ms. Fante said. “My parents always supported me and encouraged me to get involved in the school here and in the past four years I have made some amazing friends and had some really terrific teachers. This high school has provided me with so many opportunities and I really enjoyed my experience here.”

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