Rotary honors NWCS student Jaime Bernat

CHESTERTOWN- Jaime Bernat, a Senior at North Warren High School, has been named Student of the Month by the Chestertown Rotary Club.

The daughter of Dina and James Bernat of Chestertown, Jaime has excelled in the areas of academics, athletics, and artistic pursuits, as well as possessing admirable character traits, according to school counselor Michael Therio and Chestertown Rotary Club official David Schlansker.

"This articulate young woman has a resume of extra-curricular activities that are a direct reflection of her talents and pursuits," Therio said this week, noting her creativity and athleticism.

Jaime has been a student of gymnastics throughout her school years and has been recognized at the national level for her achievements in gymnastics in the 9th and 10th grades. She also competed two years on the North Warren Varsity Tennis Team. Jaime's participation in school chorus has resulted in her competition at regional music competitions for three years.

Her service to others includes her devotion of time each week at the Glens Falls YMCA working with young children on their goals of becoming more proficient in gymnastics.

Jaime also has made her mark in videography, having created art videos that won top prizes in the Lake George Arts project's juried People Pixel Project competition, alongside noted professional video artists.

These achievements have stemmed from her ongoing involvement with the North Warren Broadcast Journalism program.

Also, she has participated in the college-level Model Organization of American States program taught by Bernie McCann.

Jaime's achievements have been recognized by earning the University of Rochester's Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology - based on her video documentary work - and by participating in the regional Rube Goldberg science competition.

Just this week, Jaime learned she was one of only 20 students chosen to participate in SUNYPurchase's noted cinema program, out of more than 600 applicants.

The acceptance at SUNYPurchase is in line with her career goal of working in the film industry as a film editor or director.

Therio said Tuesday Jaime is excited about the honor, and is planning to attend the university for her undergraduate work.

"This articulate, accomplished and focused young woman is both motivated and willing to work hard to achieve her goals," he said. "Her enthusiasm and innovation will no doubt take her far."

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