Senior Earns Suffolk County Principals Leadership Award

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Madison Graifman, a senior at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, is among a select group of seven students to be named a Suffolk County High School Principals Association 2016 Principal’s Leadership Award winner and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

Along with a nomination from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Interim Principal Dr. James Ruck, Graifman submitted an application and personal essay for the scholarship program. For the essay, she was asked to describe how her leadership abilities have developed during her high school career. In her response, she wrote about how her experiences at B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Leadership Conferences and involvement in school activities helped inspire her to be a leader.

As an active student in her school community, Graifman is the Spanish vice president for the World Language Honor Society, member of the Natural Helpers Club, vice president for the National Art Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of Habitat for Humanity. She is also the All-School vice president for public relations, through which she became student liaison for the Elwood Taxpayer’s Association. For her athletic extracurricular activities, she is a member of the varsity volleyball team as well as the winter and spring track teams.

Dedicated to her studies, she is enrolled in five Advanced Placement classes. Ranked third in the Elwood graduating Class of 2016, Graifman is in the process of applying to a number of elite colleges and plans to major in chemistry on the pre-medical track to become a doctor.

“It is such a special honor,” said Graifman. “It makes me feel good that I am making a difference and contributing to my community.”

Graifman, along with the other award recipients, will be honored at the SCHSPA eighth annual Senior Leadership Luncheon on April 13 at Coindre Hall Castle in Huntington.