NWCS students honored for academics, community service

CHESTERTOWN - Three juniors at North Warren High School have been named this week as Adirondack Journal Students of the Month at the school - Renee Madden, Curtis Breuer and Laura Fahey.

Renee, the daughter of Diane and Gary Madden of Brant Lake, serves as a role model for younger students, school guidance counselor Mike Therio said.

He said Renee is talented in academics, athletics and the arts, as well as being caring and thoughtful of others.

"Renee was selected by the faculty and staff as an outstanding example of a student who is community and school-service oriented," he said.

Active in extracurricular activities, Renee is a member of the varsity field hockey team, as well as being a member of the school band and chorus, Therio said.

"Renee is regarded by faculty and staff as well as her peers as one who can provide humor and a light-hearted outlook towards life and circumstances," he said. "Renee has a heart of compassion, care and regard for others."

She is a class representative to the group Rachel's Challenge, devising initiatives for kindness and compassion as part of character education programs at North Warren High, Therio said.

"Quick with a smile and an encouraging word, Renee is one of those positive people that truly can make one's day better," he said. "Renee enjoys helping others."

For the past two years, Renee has volunteered to help hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Therio said Renee's experience in New Orleans showcased her considerable skills in broadcast journalism - when she developed a professional-quality documentary of her project providing post-Katrina relief.

Other activities Renee enjoys include dance, Therio said, and she enjoys teaching young children dance steps.

When asked recently to express her outlook toward life, Renee didn't hesitate.

"Always leave someone in a better place than they were when you found them," she said.

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