Blue Devil Honored By Young Leaders Club

Katie Reilly is flanked by Young Leaders coordinators Kevin Zaharios and Kevin Thorbourne.

Katie Reilly is flanked by Young Leaders coordinators Kevin Zaharios and Kevin Thorbourne.

Rising Huntington High School senior Katie Reilly was recognized with a special award for her academic and athletic achievements at the Young Leaders annual dinner at Crestwood Manor in Fort Salonga last Thursday night.

Young Leaders is a Huntington-based club that encourages young people to engage in community service.

Proceeds from this year’s Young Leaders dinner are dedicated to the John Bosco Memorial Scholarship Fund. A member of Huntington’s Class of 2012, Bosco was struck by a car and killed in January while crossing a street in Florida during a vacation with his family.

A participant in the Young Leaders club, Bosco played lacrosse for the Blue Devils. He was studying at SUNY College at Oneonta at the time of his passing.

Young Leaders co-founder Kevin Thorbourne told a crowd of 125 that Bosco was a unique individual, with the ability to quickly win over people of all ages and rally them behind a good cause. He noted his academic interests, including chemistry, and drew some parallels with Reilly, who was “offered” by Princeton University as a sophomore to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for the Tigers.

Thorbourne ran down some of Reilly’s attributes and accomplishments, including working as a summer camp counselor, before calling the teenager to the dais and presenting her with a lacrosse stick in honor of Bosco.

Verbally committed to Princeton, Reilly is pursuing formal admission to the Ivy League school early this fall. She was an All-County player and high scorer for Huntington’s girls soccer team last fall.

On the lacrosse field, Reilly led Long Island in assists as a sophomore with 85. She led Suffolk in total points with 134. A two-time All-County player, she notched 34 goals and 53 assists last spring as a junior.

Reilly was also the Suffolk League IV basketball Rookie of the Year as a freshman. This winter, she is expected to start at point guard for the Blue Devils.

“Katie has made good use of her time at Huntington High School and is a wonderful role model for the children of the community,” Thorbourne said