Two Riverhead seniors receive Suffolk Zone Award

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Tim Clement and Mariah Messina

Riverhead High School seniors Tim Clement and Mariah Messina were honored for their commitment to physical fitness, academic excellence and community leadership last week.

The pair were recently chosen as Riverhead High School’s winners for the Suffolk Zone of the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation award during a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch and Golf Club in Hauppauge Wednesday.

One male and one female senior is chosen from each district for the prestigious award.

Mariah, who is from Calverton, is fourth in her graduating class with a 105 weighted average. She was named an AP Scholar this fall, is president of Riverhead’s chapter of the National Honor Society and is a member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society. Not only that, she also is an all-county and academic volleyball award winner, a member of the Blue Waves varsity basketball team, and also plays softball, among her many achievements.

She plans to study biology or pre-med and is looking to attend either SUNY Geneseo, Quinnipiac University, St. John’s University, Dartmouth College or Duke University. She hopes to continue playing volleyball in college.

Tim, who has a 106 weighted grade point average, is president of student government and is a member of the Riverhead Town Youth Bureau. He was also named an AP scholar with distinction this fall.

A wide receiver on the school’s varsity football team and a forward on of the varsity basketball team, he hopes to play Division II baseball in college. A Jamesport resident, Tim plans to major in biology in college and plans on becoming a surgeon.

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