Priya Katwala | Legislator Tom Donnelly's Honoree | Gold Award
She gained a hands-on experience in healthcare shadowing a physical therapist and worked hands on with patients learning different exercises.
Priya’s skill level changed from exercising and engaging in sports activities with Northport Running Club and summer series with the Suffolk County Parks. Priya says” Being a captain of track has given me a leadership role that has shaped my identity.
Priya Volunteered through Kiwanis Club of Huntington and created Thanksgiving Baskets, Field of Honor, helped with the Fall Festival Fundraising Event and the Christmas Shopping Tour. She also volunteered for the Ambassador Club and helped with the Autism Breast Cancer Walk, Arts & Crafts, Christmas Party, Homecoming Parade and contributed efforts to the Homecoming and Valentine’s Day Party. From all of this she learned the importance of giving back to community sows and helping great causes that influence my wellbeing.
Priya visited 15 parks throughout Suffolk County and learned new habits like the wetland marshes, salt water and lakes. Through this exploration Priya learned the need to preserve the historic parks in Suffolk County and has now sparked interest in visiting National Parks in the future.