South Huntington

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Naval Academy

Accepts Connolly

South Huntington Schools would like to extend their congratulations to Owen Connolly on his acceptance into the United States Naval Academy!

As a senior at Walt Whitman High School, Owen pursues a multitude of academic and extracurricular activities. From playing on the Varsity Golf and Lacrosse teams, to his roles as Vice President of the World Language Honor Society, Secretary of the National English Honor Society, and Vice President of the Science National Honor Society, only to name a few. He participated in the Boys State Program this winter to gain a heightened perspective of the practical operations of government, and is actively involved in district operations in his position as the first ever Ex-Officio Student Member of the Board of Education for the South Huntington School District.

Owen’s involvement warrants much balance between his academics, extracurriculars and social life as he attests much of his ability for time management to the routine he has developed at the high school. With a full schedule at Whitman, he feels well-prepared to manage his time in his post-secondary pursuits and gives credit to the teachers who support such pursuits. “There are so many teachers at Whitman that had a big impact on me, but no bigger than Ms. Catalano,” Owen shared. “She was an amazing mentor who not only supported, but spurred my love for learning and history which I will take with me throughout life.”

Owen looks most forward to attending the Naval Academy for the opportunity to serve. He looks to continue his studies in history and foster an education in public policy. The application process for the Naval Academy was quite vigorous, involving academic qualifications, interviews, physical requirements, as well as a congressional nomination that he received from Congressman Tom Suozzi. Within the next 10 years, he wishes to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and serve his country as a commissioned officer in the US Navy.

When asked what has inspired him to apply to the Naval Academy, Owen shared that his interest in history early on gave him a sense of wanting to serve his country, along with family members who were personal models of service. With a rich family history of service members including both of his veteran grandfathers, an uncle who was in the Marine Corps, and his great uncle who served in World War II, Owen is eager to contribute to tradition.

“​​We are incredibly grateful to all the amazing South Huntington teachers, administration and staff for creating a learning environment that challenges our students to set goals and then gives them the support and opportunities to pursue and achieve them,” shared Owen’s proud parents. “This is a special and unique place and we are proud to have our children be part of this community.”

When asked of one lesson that he’s learned while at Whitman that he will take with him on his post-secondary journey, Owen declared, “I've learned at my time at Whitman that if you put your all into whatever you are doing, you will never have any regrets and you will achieve things that maybe you thought were not possible. Always go for it.”

We are so proud of Owen as he pursues his ambitions at the United States Naval Academy.



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