October Athletes of the Month

Whitman Principal Kathleen Acker congratulates her October Athletes of the Month, Jaron Batts and Brittany Ferrante.
Whitman Principal Kathleen Acker congratulates her October Athletes of the Month, Jaron Batts and Brittany Ferrante.
Brittany Ferrante sizes up her putt as Rocco Mediate, (left) and a fellow golfer anticipate their next shot.
Brittany Ferrante sizes up her putt as Rocco Mediate, (left) and a fellow golfer anticipate their next shot.
Brittany Ferrante and Rocco Mediate relax at a Nature Valley ‘First Tee’ reception.
Brittany Ferrante and Rocco Mediate relax at a Nature Valley ‘First Tee’ reception.
Jaron Batts scoring one of his 4 touchdowns at homecoming.
Jaron Batts scoring one of his 4 touchdowns at homecoming.
Jaron is headed for his favorite end run and a dash up the sideline.
Jaron is headed for his favorite end run and a dash up the sideline.

Brittany Ferrante had an exciting fall golf season. She and her teammates (all guys) worked hard at the game they love. They competed well and will now take the winter off before team individuals compete in the county championships next May. The highlight of Brittany’s fall season wasn’t found on the fairways and greens of Whitman’s home course, Sunken Meadow, but rather over 2,000 miles away at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, playing in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, teamed up with none other than golfing legend Rocco Mediate. “It was so much fun playing with Rocco,” said Brittany. “Pebble Beach is such a beautiful place.”

“Golf is such a great sport to play," continued Brittany. "You learn so much about life and people. It has helped shape who I am today.”

Brittany is also active in the ”First Tee” program. “The First Tee of Metropolitan New York [TFTMNY] is very proud of Brittany,” said Barry McLaughlin, TFTMNY executive director. “She is an outstanding participant in the First Tee. She has worked extremely hard to develop her golf game and is an exceptional role model who has continued to give back to the First Tee.”

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said Brittany, who was to also receive a Huntington town proclamation. Brittany, who is a Whitman senior, would like to play collegiate-level golf, either division 1 or 2, and pursue a degree in early childhood education. Congratulations Brittany!


Whether he is scampering up the sideline, soaring to catch a deep pass, or filling in as quarterback, Jaron Batts, our October athlete of the month, is clearly a special young man.

Putting his signature stamp on homecoming this past October, Jaron scored 4 touchdowns, leading his Wildcats to their second homecoming win in a row. The following week, against Newfield, he was asked to play quarterback, and he eagerly took on the new role. “Growing up around my older cousins, I always had a football in my hand,” said the Whitman junior.

As a freshman, Jaron helped lead the Wildcat JV team to their first ever 8-0 undefeated season. Then, as a sophomore, Jaron had a key role in Whitman’s big varsity homecoming win, banishing a decade-long homecoming dry spell. “With football, something exciting is always happening that makes me want more,” said Jaron, who has decided to take this year off from playing basketball to concentrate on his studies.

After he heals from a bruising football season, Jaron will be back on the turf with a lacrosse stick in his hand. “I love the spirit and enthusiasm here at Whitman,” said Jaron. “We like to show support for our classmates playing on other teams, and they in turn support us. At Whitman, when you show some respect, it comes right back to you.” Congratulations Jaron!

Congratulations to both of these outstanding South Huntington students!