Suffolk Zone Athletes Maelyn Latko and Thomas DeGaetano

Maelyn Latko and Thomas DeGaetano are shining examples of students who manage the demands of a rigorous commitment to Physical Education, with an emphasis on leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.
Maelyn Latko and Thomas DeGaetano are shining examples of students who manage the demands of a rigorous commitment to Physical Education, with an emphasis on leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

Congratulations to this year’s Suffolk Zone honorees Maelyn Latko and Thomas DeGaetano. These awards honor one young lady and one young man in the current graduating class from all the high schools within Suffolk Zone who meet criteria for outstanding Physical Education Achievement.

Maelyn and Thomas are shining examples of students who manage the demands of a rigorous commitment to Physical Education, with an emphasis on leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

Maelyn is a three-year Varsity Volleyball player, Team Captain and All-County; she takes her love for volleyball to the next level with Club play throughout the East Coast. She is also the captain and a scholar-athlete for Varsity Badminton and one of the few female bowlers on the boy's Varsity team.

Thomas is also a natural leader who leads by example and a two-time captain of Varsity Wrestling. Thomas is a Wendy’s Heisman Award Winner with 70 wins so far in his HS wrestling career. He is a scholar athlete and an integral member of the three-time championship Varsity Cross Country Team.

The Suffolk Zone is part of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD).  This professional organization supports, encourages, facilitates, advocates and promotes physically active and healthy lifestyles through school and community programs in health education, physical education, recreation, and dance.

We congratulate Maelyn and Thomas, as well as their teachers and dedicated parents who have contributed to their success.