Samantha Suazo Soars
At the beginning of this school year we celebrated the crowning of Samantha Suazo as Miss Hauppauge 2017. As the school year comes to an end, we once again celebrate Samantha.
“The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is pleased to announce that Samantha Suazo has received a 2018 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French.
Ms. Suazo has completed four years of French study. She has traveled abroad, has competed in the National French Week Contest, is a French Club Officer, and is a French Honor Society Officer. She is the student of Hauppauge High School (HHS) French Teacher, Ms. Christine Walsh.
The AATF was founded in 1927 and has as its mission the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels. We are proud to recognize the achievements of outstanding students and their teachers.” – Reprinted from the AATF press release.
In addition to her dedication to the French Club and Honor Society, Samantha is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, the History Club, and the Senior Class Club.
Ms. Suazo was the captain of the HHS Cheerleaders. Earlier this calendar year, the HHS Cheerleaders placed second in in the Small Varsity Division of the 2018 UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) National High School Cheerleading Championship in Disney.
Even though Cheerleading is a sport that usually takes a year-round commitment to be ready for national level competition, Sam also found time to run Spring Track where she also served as captain.
A hallmark of the Hauppauge Public Schools is the emphasis on character building. Samantha is a shining example of caring and compassion. She has travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana to volunteer for service-oriented activities. A few weeks after graduating, Ms. Suazo will return to New Orleans for more service in helping the less fortunate.
In August, Samantha will move to Nashville, Tennessee where she will enter Vanderbilt University. She plans on studying Mathematics with an eye towards pursuing a career as an actuary.
When reached for comment, Ms. Walsh had this to say, “Sam was an active member of French club for 4 years. She was secretary for 2 years and did a wonderful job. In 10th grade Sam was inducted in the French National Honor Society. She participated in the Crohn’s and Colitis walk for three years, helped with a Crazy Crepe fundraiser, promoted French to the 5th graders, and participated in many French Club activities and field trips including a travelling to Canada on a Hauppauge trip.
Sam is a wonderful young lady who always went above and beyond of what was expected of her. She has a positive impact on everyone around her.”