Plainview JFK standout-athletes Heather Fitzpatrick and Danny Brennan were recently honored with the 2012 Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
This annual award is granted to one male and one female student from each of the 56 high schools in Nassau County. The award recipients exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the state's Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, and serving as a positive influence on their peers.
Danny Brennan has excelled in physical education class throughout his four years at POBJFK. He has been a role model for both his classmates and the school, his teachers say. Brennan has demonstrated his ability as a leader on the field as captain of both the varsity football and baseball teams.
Brennan uses his free time to be an active member of the Varsity Leaders Club and SING, and works with the local Police Athletic League (PAL) youth football program.
He also coaches Special Education students and helped coordinate a cancer awareness fundraiser. Next year, Brennan plans to attend college in a Pre-Med program while playing football and baseball.
Heather Fitzpatrick was recognized by her PE teachers early on in elementary school. By 8th grade, she was selected to both the POBJFK Varsity Girls Lacrosse and Varsity Girls Swimming teams.
She is hard-working student and an exemplary role model to her peers, her teacher say. In her spare time, Fitzpatrick serves as the treasurer of the Varsity Leaders Club and works with PAL girls lacrosse and the Special Olympics.
She is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Next year, Fitzpatrick plans to study special education while playing lacrosse.