Incoming ninth graders and students new to Locust Valley High School were reminded during orientation that they can achieve whatever dreams they have. Sitting together in the mini-theater, the students were inspired by guest speaker Rohan Murphy who didn’t let his disability stop him from dreaming big and seeing those dreams become his reality.
Murphy had both of his legs amputated as a young boy, yet in high school, with the encouragement of a coach, Murphy joined the wrestling team. Despite a rough start, he graduated having earned All-League and All-County honors. He went on to wrestle at Penn State, where he earned three varsity letters.
“I will do anything not only to make myself a better wrestler, but a better person as well,” Murphy told the students. He explained that he had to work hard, but never gave up. He said he had many people supporting him and encouraged the audience to support others and to be inclusive.
Murphy’s presentation, which included a wrestling demonstration, was the culmination of a morning that gave new students an overview of the high school, including tours and discussions on the ways in which students are expected to act. He emphasized that they should always be inclusive and never be exclusive.
“Rohan Murphy is a strong role model for our high school students,” Locust Valley High School Principal, Patrick DiClemente said. “As these young men and women enter a new school, it is important they are reminded of their abilities, their strengths and that the way in which they treat others will have an impact on who they become. Mr. Murphy helped us to drive those points home.”