Student Celebrated and Honored Regionally

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The district would like to congratulate Connetquot High School student-athlete Marina Duszak on being presented with the Ronan Guyer Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the County Cross Country Coaches Association.

The award is named in honor of Ronan Guyer, who competed for the Southold High School cross-country team and passed away in 2012. It honors his memory, as it recognizes the courage of the male and female student-athlete whose personal characteristics of courage, kindness, generosity and service to the community are reflected strongly. 

“Marina is a four-year member of the cross-country team, Student Government president, ranks in the top 10 percent of her class, works part time as a Starbucks barista, is the leader of Connetquot’s largest fundraising program and is a cancer survivor,” said Connetquot High School girls cross-country coach Michael Austin. “We are all extremely proud of her.”

Marina Duszak has continuously worked to maintain her elite running status, even after enduring treatment for leukemia. Since beating her disease, Marina holds a steady pace running a 21-minute 5K. 

 Beyond the world of athletics, she organized a highly successful “Give Back” Chinese auction for the past two years that has raised close to $50,000, which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

In addition to receiving the Ronan Guyer Memorial Scholarship, Marina also recently acquired the Student of the Month Certificate courtesy of the Sayville Rotary Club.