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.
Renee's future plans include joining AmeriCorps - specifically providing assistance in the Southwest, before pursuing college studies in film and video production.
Curtis Breuer was also selected by the faculty as a student of the month primarily due to his outstanding leadership, Therio said.
The son of Teresa and Paul Breuer of Chestertown, Curtis serves as president of his class, a post he held year.
Also, Curtis has been recognized as the Most Outstanding Male in his class, as well as Most Improved last year, Therio said.
"Curtis is an exceptional student of geology, and he's extremely well-rounded in his pursuits," Therio said.
A sports enthusiast, Curtis is a member of the varsity basketball, baseball and soccer teams.
Curtis volunteers as a member of the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter, and is working to establish an annual local After Prom party by collecting donations from local businesses.
His all-time favorite activity and field of study is geology, a pursuit which occupies much of his time, Therio said. Curtis went to Arizona recently for mineral and fossil shows in Tucson, as well as for a geologic expeditions in the Grand Canyon, along the Colorado River, and in Sedona, Ariz.
This Spring , Curtis will be traveling with his SUNY Plattsburgh chapter of Model Organization of American States class to Washington DC, where he will meet with the ambassadors from nations around the world.
Fellow Junior Laura Fahey, the third Student of the Month, is also a member of MOAS - and she plans on participating in the same convention, a repeat experience for her.
Laura was selected for the school honor for her significant contributions both in and out of class, Therio said.
Laura is the daughter of Steve Fahey of Adirondack and Catherine Fahey of Austin, Texas.
Monday, Therio praised Laura's character and her drive toward achievement.
"Laura is an extraordinary National Honor Society student who excels in all that she undertakes," he said.
Laura is a productive member of the Varsity girls basketball and field hockey teams. Also, she has also played softball for two years.
Active in service work, Laura is a volunteer for the North Warren Interact Chapter, a community outreach club.
Therio said Laura's leadership skills have been recognized by her peers, resulting in her being named president and vice president of the chapter.
Her leadership has extended to sports, as demonstrated by her appointment as co-captain of the 2008-09 Varsity basketball team, Therio said.
He said Laura is a team player believes that friends play a significant role in helping each other deal with life's challenges.