Seniors Coleman and Coughlin Get in the Zone


High school seniors Connor Coleman and Cheyenne Coughlin were recently honored with this school year’s Suffolk Zone Award, presented by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. They were recognized at a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge on Dec. 3.

Chosen by Islip’s physical education staff, the Suffolk Zone Award is presented annually to one male and one female student from the graduating class who strongly contribute to the positive outcomes of their physical education classes as well as the school. The criteria for achieving this award include exceptional physical performance, scholastic ability, and outstanding character and leadership qualities in physical education as well as in schoolwide activities. 

Coleman is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Mathletes, Young Republicans and the student union. He plans to study accounting in college next fall.

An AP Scholar, Coughlin has maintained a 99 average in physical education throughout her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society and Athletes Helping Athletes, as well as participating in the student union and student government. She will attend the United States Naval Academy in the fall.

“Cheyenne and Connor have both gone above and beyond in the area of physical education,” said Robert Panariello, the district’s director of health, physical education and athletics. “Physical education has provided them with an opportunity to learn in a nontraditional classroom setting and a chance to challenge themselves physically. We thank them both for their impact at Islip High School.”