Each week, will feature one student from the community who has done something special. This week, we are honoring Matthew Moskowitz, a strong athlete and scholar student in his senior year at Plainview-JFK High School.
Name: Matthew Moskowitz
Accomplishment: Moskowitz has overcome many hurdles in his young life, and after suffering from a stroke just four years ago, he is now an honor student and star on the varsity baseball team who will be heading off to college in the fall.
Key to Awesomeness: The high school senior has always been both very brave and determined. After a stroke in eighth grade that left Moskowitz paralyzed on the right side of his body, the young teen was unable to walk or talk. Through extensive rehabilitation, he was back on his feet and back on the baseball field in just about one year.
"His desire to play sports again got him to where he is today," said his mother, Lisa Moskowitz. "He never gave up and worked so hard, he is a miracle in my book."
Aside from his success in athletics, Moskowitz excels in the classroom. Despite having trouble with reading comprehension and processing certain information, he has remained on the honor roll all throughout his high school career. He was accepted into several universities but has his eyes set on Penn State University.