Senior Spotlight – Alba Benavides Portillo

Senior Spotlight – Alba Benavides Portillo
Posted on 05/29/2024
Senior Spotlight – Alba Benavides Portillo

Senior Spotlight – Alba Benavides Portillo

Miss Alba Benavides Portillo is being featured in this week's Senior Spotlight. Alba will be attending Emmanuel College in Massachusetts where she will major in Biology. Upon completing her college studies, Alba plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician with a focus on serving underfunded communities which do not have equal access to health care. I believe health care should be available to everyone, Alba said. 

Alba is a recipient of a CITA Scholarship, as well as a scholarship presented by Emmanuel College. 

Involved in an array of school activities, Alba is President of the Central Islip High School Concert Choir, Vice President of Sweet Adelines, Vice President of Student Council, and she is a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Alba was cast in the All-School Musical, Beauty and the Beast. She also volunteered with the New York Blood Center. 

Mr. Turk has been an inspiration to Alba, as she explains: Mr. Turk cares a lot about his students, and he always finds a way to lighten the mood. He has had such an impact on me, and I enjoy his class. Outside of school, Alba has a particularly close bond with her mother and her older sister. My Mom was a teacher, and I look up to her because she has always sacrificed a lot for us, Alba said, adding, My sister is like my other half. We are very close. She has always shielded me, and she has helped me so much with advice on college applications.

During this year's Spring Choral Festival, Alba presented Music Teacher, Mrs. Theresa O'Connor, with remembrances on behalf of the Sweet Adelines. 
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