CHESTERTOWN - North Warren is pleased to announce the Rotary Student of the Month for December 2008 as Jena Allen, daughter of Maria and William Allen of Chestertown.
Jena is an intelligent, insightful and determined young lady. She has a passion for justice and fairness and she is willing to advocate for people in need whenever possible. Jena says that she is willing to do anything and everything to make a difference in the world. She has a strong sense of values and beliefs and her peers believe she will do great things.
Academically, Jena is at the top of her class. She continues to take challenging classes and earns top grades in those classes. Her teachers love her inquisitive mind and her diligence, and Jena loves learning. She has been a member of National Honor Society since 10th grade. In 11th grade, Jena won the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester for a student who demonstrates exceptional promise in the sciences.
Music and drama are also important parts of Jena's life. She has actively participated in chorus and has played clarinet in the band for her four years of high school. Jena has also been active in town theater productions and has participated in two variety shows at North Warren.
Jena is also a talented writer, having published two poems, an accomplishment of which she is very proud. One in "Who's Who in International Poetry" and one in "Timeless Voices," for which she won the Editor's Choice Award.
Jena has played field hockey and softball and has also participated in student council. She was the editor of the school newspaper and has been a volunteer peer tutor. In 11th grade Jena attended a Youth Leadership Conference, participated in Career Experience Day at the Post Star, and attended Design Your Future Day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jena also loves to travel. She has been to or lived in such places as Maryland, Japan, Texas, Maine, and Nebraska. She came to North Warren School in seventh grade.
After high school, Jena would like to pursue a college degree in chemistry or paleontology. So far, she has been accepted at Siena College, Drexel University, Kettering University, SUNY Potsdam, and Fordham University. She has yet to make her final decision. Her goal is to become successful in whatever field she enters.