Olivia Zhang Earns Town of Islip Leadership Award

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High school junior and Student Council President Olivia Zhang was recently selected as the winner of the Town of Islip Student Achievement Award for Leadership.

Zhang is also a member of her school’s Math Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Interact Club, Academic Team and tennis and track teams. She was recently chosen to be a facilitator for the Rotary Club’s Youth Leadership program, to teach team-building activities and leadership skills to high school sophomores from across Long Island.

In addition, Zhang holds the rank of petty officer second class in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Last summer, she was part of the first all-female sailing crew in Sea Cadet history and authored a full-page article about her experiences sailing the New England Coast for “Sea Cadet Quarterly” magazine. She was chosen to conduct research with the Arctic Buoy STEM Program and will travel to USNSCC National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, where she will help build research buoys to be deployed in the Arctic Circle.

“All the wonderful opportunities offered at East Islip High School have helped to build my self-confidence and leadership qualities,” Zhang said.

“Olivia is a natural leader who uses her leadership role to help boost morale and increase student pride in her school and the East Islip community,” said her teacher and club adviser Lisa Rapiejko, who nominated Zhang for the Student Achievement Award. We are proud of her accomplishments and her demonstration of EI pride.”