American Legion Recognizes Whitman Students

Left to right: Walt Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Principal John Murphy, Charles Ruotolo, American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 2nd Vice Commander Mr. Carlo Giordano, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Post 1244 Sgt. At Arms Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Julio Taku, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Brian Trifon.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Guidance Counselor Ms. Crystalia Shepherd, Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller, Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Principal John Murphy, Charles Ruotolo, American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 2nd Vice Commander Mr. Carlo Giordano, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Post 1244 Sgt. At Arms Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Julio Taku, Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, and Brian Trifon.
“We gave out proclamations from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the State,” said Mr. Charlie Armstrong as he explains each to our young Whitman leaders.
“We gave out proclamations from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the State,” said Mr. Charlie Armstrong as he explains each to our young Whitman leaders.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Matthew Haddock, Scott McEntee, Charles Ruotolo, Brenda Mendez, Michael Seitz, Julio Taku, and Brian Trifon who have been selected for the Boys and Girls State programs, which recognize emerging young leaders throughout the nation. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. Similarly, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

Participants in both programs become a part of the operation of their local, county and state government. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

“The incredible experience that these students had upstate this past summer with the American Legion makes them really shine as true leaders, not only within our high school but within the Huntington community,” said Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy.   “These students are also members of different academic and civic organizations outside of our school community and really show that as they get older they could be the ones who lead our town, our county, or even our country.”

Special thanks to Mr. Charlie Armstrong and his team from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for making this possible.