Westhampton Beach High School Hurricanes Lillie Henthorne and Nicholas Wazkelewicz were recently honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as winners of the Suffolk Zone Student Leadership Award. The seniors were selected based on their excellence in physical education, leadership ability and service to the community.
During her tenure at Westhampton Beach, Henthorne has been a member of the varsity girls volleyball and softball teams. She also belongs to her school’s Interact Club, student government, and National, Mathematics, Foreign Language and Science honor societies. She plans to study environmental science in college in the fall.
“Physical education has taught me that you can have fun playing sports with others regardless of whether they are your friends, in a different grade or someone you wouldn’t normally hang out with,” she said.
Wazkelewicz has been a member of his school’s varsity football team for the past two years, varsity basketball team for three years and varsity track for four years. He serves as captain of both the varsity basketball and football teams and holds a Jim Lynch Unsung Hero Award. He also performs in his school’s band, volunteers at Maureen’s Haven and serves as an Immaculate Conception religious retreat counselor. He hopes to attend Louisiana State University or Michigan State University in the fall.
Reflecting on what he has gained from physical education, Wazkelewicz said, “My favorite physical education moment was playing softball junior year and keeping track of who won the series. I loved how into it both myself and my classmates were.”