Name: John Patrick Naughton
School: Clarkstown South High School
Athletic accomplishments: Through eight games of the season, Naughton has 81 tackles this season. 16.1 of his tackles this season have been for a loss behind the line of scrimmage. He has two fumble recoveries and caused one fumble and a safety. In his third season on the football team, he’s been named the captain. He’s been named honorable mention for all county.
Academic accomplishments: Naughton has a 3.7664 GPA. He’s not sure where he’s going to college next year but he’s looking at the SUNY schools, Marist, Ithaca and Hobart. He’s taking many AP courses including AP World History, AP United States History, IB Art, College Spanish 201, AP Biology, AP European History and AP Calculus. Naughton’s a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, The World Language Honor Society and the Clarkstown South Principal Advisors Council. He’s won the Math Academic Excellence Award, Social Studies Academic Excellence Award and the NY State Office of the Attorney General Triple “C” Award for Character, Courage and Commitment.
School and community involvement: Naughton’s won the Math Academic Excellence Award, Social Studies Academic Excellence Award and the NY State Office of the Attorney General Triple “C” Award for Character, Courage and Commitment. He earned his Eagle Scout badge in May of 2016. He also won the Boy Scouts of America National Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award and the West Nyack Little League Volunteer of the Year Award. After school, Naughton’s a peer tutor in math. He’s also certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and a lifeguard at the West Nyack Swim Club. Naughton also started a doke walking business and walking pets around the neighborhood.
Getting to know Patrick Naughton
The Journal News: How’s the football season?
Patrick Naughton: It’s been great. I’ve played for about 12 years and it’s definitely been one of the most successful season’s I’ve ever played.
TJN: Why did you decide to play football?
JPN: Most notably, my dad coached football his whole life and he played in high school. That’s what started me off. I played back in second grade and there’s something about it that just made me keep coming back. I don’t know why but I kept coming back and I love it. I now know that it’s because of the relationships you build with your teammates. I’ve played a lot of sports — lacrosse, baseball, soccer; I’ve never gotten the same feeling that I’ve gotten when I step on the football field with my teammates. The fact that we’re all working towards the same goal and that we can achieve it through our hard work throughout the season, it’s just not comparable to anything else I’ve ever done.
TJN: Do you want to continue playing football in college?
JPN: I’ve talked to some coaches including Ithaca and Hobarts toiling with the idea of playing ball in college. I’m not going to go out of my way to get recruited but if something comes my way if I go to the school and I can play football there I would take the opportunity because I love the game so much.
TJN: Besides those two schools, what does your college list look like?
JPN: My top choice right now is Cortland. I’m looking a lot at the SUNY schools. I’m also looking at Marist. I’m trying to look in New York State but I’m still not sure yet.
TJN: What do you want to study?
JPN: I’m interested very interested in history and I’m interested in engineering.
TJN: What is it about history that’s sparking an interest enough for you to possibly major in it?
JPN: For my entire life, social studies has been my favorite class and it’s been the same since fourth-grade. Part of it is because my dad teaches high school history, U.S. history, and he’s very influential on what I like. History’s always been something I like and I enjoy looking into the past to see how we can solve problems. It’s very interesting to me.
TJN: With your interest in history, have you heard of a show on NBC called “Timeless”, which is about time traveling back to the past and if you have is it something you’ll watch?
JPN: I’m actually thinking about starting it up once the season ended. I’ve seen some commercials for it and it looks interesting.
TJN: Where does dad teach?
JPN: At Byram Hills High School.
TJN: If you were to major in history, could you see yourself following in dad’s footsteps and becoming a teacher?
JPN: I could definitely see myself doing that. My dad has four siblings and three of them are all teachers. They all happen to be history teachers. You could say that it runs in the family.
TJN: With the schedule you keep with football and everything else, how did you maintain being an eagle scout?
JPN: I’ve been a boy scout my whole life. It’s something that’s been influential in what I do in my everyday life. Things you learn in scouting come up in everyday life so it’s literally apart of my life every day.
TJN: What was your Eagle Scout project?
JPN: I built a picnic area and a garden area at West Nyack Little League. It’s my local baseball little league and I’ve grown up playing ball there. I wanted to give back to the community there. I got a lot of help from my family friends and most notably my troop, troop 42. It was very well received and I was happy to give back to my community.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.
— Debbie Schechter