McKenzie, Allen awarded by Rotary Club for academic achievement

CHESTERTOWN - North Warren Central School seniors Kyle McKenzie and Jena Allen have been honored by school faculty as Chestertown Rotary's "Student of the Month" for November and December respectively.

Jena has accomplished notable achievements in academics, athletics and the arts, as well as having outstanding character traits, according to school faculty members. Jena Allen is daughter of Maria and William Allen of Chestertown.

"Jena is an intelligent, insightful and determined young lady," North Warren school counselor Joan Phelps said, observing that Jena is dedicated to making a difference in the world. "Jena has a passion for justice and fairness and she is willing to advocate for people in need whenever possible."

Academically, Jena is at the top of her class, Phelps said. noting she takes challenging classes and earns outstanding grades.

"Her teachers love her inquisitive mind and her diligence, and Jena loves learning," Phelps said, adding that Jena has been a member of National Honor Society since 10th grade.

Jena's academic achievements include winning the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award in 11th grade from the University of Rochester, for demonstrating exceptional promise in the sciences.

Music and drama are also important elements of Jena's life. She has actively participated in school chorus and has played clarinet in the high school band for four years.

Jena has also been active in the Town Theater productions and has participated in two variety shows at North Warren. Writing is another talent of Jena's. Two of her poems have been published, one in "Who's Who in International Poetry" and the other in "Timeless Voices," for which she won the Editor's Choice Award.

Athletics and extracurricular activities are both interests of Jena's. She has played Field Hockey and Softball and has also participated in Student Council. She was the editor of the school newspaper and has served as a volunteer peer tutor. In 11th grade Jena attended a Youth Leadership Conference, and attended Design Your Future Day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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