She’s a teenager and won’t graduate high school until June 2025, but William Floyd High School student Olivia Phillips is nonetheless worthy of inclusion this year on the Schneps Media 2023 Power Women of Long Island list.
The 11th grader is just one of 66 women selected to receive the honor, which recognizes “fearless females who make Long Island the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business.” Their recognition takes place at an awards dinner tonight, Nov. 14, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
As the youngest person on the list, Phillips will be receive the Next Generation Award for her work with the Girl Scouts, her outstanding academic performance, her heavy participation in extracurricular activities, and her positive impact on society.
For nine years, Phillips has been a member of Girl Scouts, earning Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, the latter being the highest honor available in Girl Scouts. She earned her Gold Award for a project that focused on the betterment of a local group home for teens.
She now serves as an Ambassador Girl Scout and a delegate for the 2023 Girl Scout National Convention, one of only two from Suffolk County. She has also been a top Girl Scout cookie seller, with sales exceeding 6,500 boxes in a single season.
At the high school, Phillips takes mostly honors and Advance Placement courses, maintaining a 99.8 weighted grade point average, according to an announcement released distributed by William Floyd School District. Every year since elementary school, she has made the principal’s list or high honor roll.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. She serves in an executive officer position on the high school Student Council and she participates in the high school’s award-winning New York State Youth & Government program, where she holds a presiding officer position.
Additionally, Phillips is a two-time selection for the Conference on National Affairs, the federal version of this mock government program, which includes the best and the brightest Youth & Government participants from across the nation.
Additionally, Olivia is a member of the high school orchestra and chorus, and earned honors from the New York State School Music Association and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association competitions. She is an All-County varsity tennis player and a member of the track team.
Photos: Courtesy of William Floyd School District