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Jeff Bennett awarded at North Warren

CHESTERTOWN - In conjunction with North Warren Central School, the Chestertown Rotary Club recently recognized Jeff Bennett, a senior at the school, as the Student of the Month.

Jeff is the son of John and Nancy Bennett of Chestertown.

He was selected by the school faculty and staff based on not only his academic achievements, but his character as well, school Guidance Counselor Michael Therio said.

"Jeff has very specific goals, aspirations and the drive and ability to achieve them," Therio said, noting his achievements in academics, music, athletics and community service.

Jeff has been an integral component of the Cross Country, Basketball and Baseball teams for four years, Therio said. An accomplished saxophone player, he's been involved in North Warren Jazz Band, Senior Band and Marching Band throughout senior high school.

Jeff has earned high marks performing in regional saxophone competition, and has played in the All-County Jazz Band during his Sophomore and Junior Years.

Also, Jeff displayed other aspects of his musical talent when he played a lead role in last year's school musical "Anything Goes."

Jeff has also taken a college level course related to Organization of American States. His academic achievements earned him status as lead regional delegate to the group's national convention in Washington DC this fall. As a Junior, Jeff also participated in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards training program.

A leader among his peers, Jeff has also served as Class President and Treasurer for each year during his high school experience. He has served as Student Council Treasurer, and as a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. Jeff has also served as a vital team member of the Envirothon, Quiz Bowl and Rube Goldberg competitions.

Jeff's hobbies include astronomy which has been not only his passion, but it serves as a focus of his future plans along with Science. He's a founder of the Adirondack Skywatchers, an astronomy club in which he is active.

An avid hiker, Jeff has climbed seven of the Adirondack high peaks in the past three years. Despite a busy schedule, Jeff has still found time to assist other students with Science tutoring and working part time as a greenskeeper on a local golf course.

"With his leadership, his many talents, and dedication to goals, Jeff is an exceptional representative for the North Warren," Therio said.

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