Seniors Make Physical Education Impact

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Seniors and physical education role models William Killeen and Juliana Williams have been chosen as the high school’s 2014 recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award. The students were selected by Islip’s physical education staff and recognized by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at a dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge on Dec. 3.

The Suffolk Zone Award is presented annually to the top male and female physical education students in that year’s graduating class, those who best contribute to the overall positive tone of their physical education classes as well as the school. Criteria include earning an A average or above 90 in high school physical education classes, achieving an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the completion of junior year, demonstrating outstanding character and leadership qualities, and being a role model for good health and physical fitness.

A true leader in physical education class, Killeen is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Athletes Helping Athletes and Habitat for Humanity. He cited competing against his physical education teacher in badminton as his most memorable physical education experience. Undecided in his choice of college, the senior plans on studying business next fall while continuing to play lacrosse or football.

Throughout her high school career, Williams has maintained a 100 average in physical education. She is a member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society, Athletes Helping Athletes, Soul Club and Interact Club, and attended the National Youth Leadership forum in 2014. Her favorite physical education experience is including underclassmen in activities to assist them in becoming active members of the class. She has not decided on a college yet, but plans to major in either biology or pre-med next fall.

“Juliana and William have both gone above and beyond in the area of physical education,” said Athletic Director Bob Panariello. “I thank both of them for their impact at Islip High School.”