2015 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Senior, H. Frank Carey High School
Jenna Turato is a revered leader at Franklin Square's H. Frank Carey High School, beloved by students, teachers and administrators alike. She relates as well with adults as she does with her peers and is held in high regard by the faculty, administration and staff. Her leadership and hard work are major contributing factors in the success of many major school events.
Ms. Turato has served as the President of the Student Government for the past two years -- an uncommonly long administration. The reason is simple; she was elected in her junior year because she was considered to be, hands down, the absolute best person for the job. As president she is actively engaged in every aspect of planning and executing projects. While Ms. Turato is not afraid to delegate her power, she never asks another student to do anything she wouldn't do herself. Within the first two months of school she had organized and overseen no fewer than five major events, as well as the Homecoming Parade.
Ms. Turato's rigorous work ethic, considerable talent and marked success as president led to the expansion of her leadership role throughout the school. She is a voice for the student body as a member of the H. Frank Carey Shared Decision-Making Team and acts as student representative to the PTSA. She also took on an integral role as a partner in the Student Activities Office.
While fulfilling the demanding responsibilities of a student leader, Ms. Turato still manages a demanding course load. She is a top-achiever in academics, having been selected as an AP Scholar. She serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society and as a member of the Business, Foreign Language and Math Honor Societies.
Ms. Turato is captain of the varsity softball team, and as pitcher she has earned Class "A" MVP, All-County and All-Long Island honors. She is a member of the track and field and tennis teams and has earned distinction as a scholar-athlete. She also serves as treasurer for the Model UN, editor of the school yearbook and member of the class board.