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Senior Earns Highly-Coveted Scholarship

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Aalany McCatty, a senior at Amityville Memorial High School, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship. She was one of only 106 students from across the country – and among thousands of applicants – to receive a $25,000 scholarship this year from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

The scholarship recognizes outstanding students who, in the face of great personal adversity, remain committed to obtaining a college degree and also give back to their communities. Aalany said she learned about it while researching scholarship opportunities.  

Aalany is in the process of selecting a college to attend in the fall. She applied to several schools in upstate New York and plans to major in psychology because she loves studying the science of human brain.

During her time in high school, Aalany has never shied away from a challenge, availing herself to some of Amityville’s most challenging and rigorous courses. She has enrolled in nine Advanced Placement courses, including psychology as a junior. Additionally, she has taken Saturday classes at Farmingdale State College for several years, which is how she got her introduction to psychology.  

Aalany is also a member of several student organizations. She is president of the National Honor Society, president of Key Club, treasurer of the Warrior Awareness Club – known as the WAC PAC – and a member of the Drama Club and World Language Honor Society. Membership in those clubs has given her numerous opportunities to perform community service, such as helping to organize a Thanksgiving food drive and writing letters of gratitude to essential workers. 

In addition to filling out an extensive application and sending in her transcripts, Aalany had to write three essays to be considered for the scholarship. One was about a teacher who has made a difference and chose social studies teacher Dawn Mizrachi. She also had to pick a past Horatio Alger and write about why that person was inspirational. The third essay focused on ways she has overcome adversity. 

“I was very shocked and surprised, but very happy,” she said, recalling the phone call she received announcing that she was a scholarship winner. “It’s a huge honor. This is going to help significantly.”
Monday, May 17, 2021