Deputy Presiding Officer Kara Hahn has selected Peggy Yin of Port Jefferson to be the Fifth Legislative District’s Youth Award honoree. The Suffolk County Youth award recognizes young people ages 9-18 from across Suffolk County who have gone above and beyond in helping their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, even before the pandemic began, Peggy established herself as a leader within our community. Beyond excelling scholastically with a 100.86 GPA, 1570 SAT and being Earl L. Vandermulen High School’s 2021 Valedictorian, Peggy:
During the pandemic, Peggy continued participating in many of those activities while undertaking new roles as well. In 2020, Peggy held an internship with the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory through its High School Research Program and researched SARS-CoV-2 ORF7a inhibition mechanisms. Additionally, Ms. Yin served as a Student Representative on the Port Jefferson School District’s District Reopening Committee and helped shape the Curriculum & Instruction reopening plans for its students.