Madden recognized for character and academics

CHESTERTOWN - Renee Madden, a senior at North Warren Central School, has been named Student of the Month by the Chestertown Rotary Club.

The daughter of Dianne and Gary Madden of Brant Lake, Amanda is considered by teachers and peers to excel in the areas of academics, athletics, artistic pursuits and character, according to school counselor Michael Therio and Rotarian David Schlansker.

"Renee is known as an incredibly selfless and compassionate young woman who has the drive and ability to help others," Therio said. "She is an articulate and accomplished student and has exceptional character, a great sense of humor and a natural ability to put others at ease."

Therio said Renee is an integral part of the school's Varsity Field Hockey team, as well as a significant contributor to the Senior Band and Chorus.

Her talents in music have earned her recognition for three years in All-County Chorus.

In addition, her choreography and video production skills have been utilized in Senior Band presentations to provide a new expressive element.

Renee's acting, dance and production talents have graced the stage in school musical productions of No-No-Nanette, Oklahoma, and Anything Goes, Therio said. Renee has also provided backstage support in productions of school variety shows. Her love of dance is further evident in her work teaching children dance steps, he said.

Therio also praised Renee's character.

"She is a caring individual who truly exhibits a heart of kindness and compassion," he said, noting her charitable tendencies. "She can always provide humor and a light-hearted outlook towards life and circumstances."

Selected by her classmates, Renee serves on a panel at North Warren to integrate the Rachel's Challenge initiatives for kindness and compassion as part of the school's character education program.

Finding enjoyment in helping others, Renee has volunteered for service on two missions to New Orleans to assist victims of the Katrina hurricane. She is also an accomplished student of broadcast journalism, Therio said, noting she created a professional quality documentary of her church's project providing post-Katrina relief.

Skilled in documentary work, Renee plans to pursue this field of study in college.

"We of the Chestertown Rotary Club are happy to join with the staff of North Warren High School to recognize the achievements, character and talents of Renee Madden," Schlansker said.

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