Rivera and Ryan Show Dedication On and Off the Field


Long Beach High School seniors Kaitlyn Rivera and Thomas Ryan were named Outstanding Physical Education Students by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. They were presented with medals and certificates during an awards dinner held at Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 14, 2015.

Two students from each Nassau County high school were selected for this honor based on their ability to demonstrate understanding of the New York State Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education. The recognition was presented to those who exhibit physically active lifestyles, demonstrate responsible behavior, serve as leaders and positive influences, value healthy lifestyles and lifelong learning and perform exceptionally in physical education classes and achieve high levels of fitness on a test.

Kaitlyn has participated on the varsity basketball team, for which she serves as captain, as well as the varsity lacrosse team, for two years. She also played varsity soccer last year and is involved with several clubs, including the Athletes Helping Athletes organization. Thomas has played varsity football for three years and is a four-year member of the varsity swim team and track and field team. He also participates in Athletes Helping Athletes and plays the trumpet in the band.

Kaitlyn and Thomas are members of the National Honor Society and take International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and SUPA classes, which are advanced and college-level courses. As they finalize their future plans this year, both seniors are considering the possibility of playing collegiate sports either on teams or in clubs.