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GFHS seniors Lauren Stamatel, Jerry Casertino, and Tom Jenkins, winners of the 2014 Teen Excellence Award.

GFHS seniors win 2014 Teen Excellence Awards

March 10, 2014 — Congratulations to Glens Falls High School seniors Jerry Casertino, Tom Jenkins, and Lauren Stamatel, who have been named as recipients of the Post Star’s 2014 Teen Excellence Awards. The three were honored at a ceremony on March 5th for their individual growth and service as role models in our community. “Plus these individuals embody a significant level of innovation, leadership and achievement that goes beyond academics and athletics,” says the Post Star’s announcement.

Jerry Casertino, a 17-year old senior, is a cadet lieutenant with the Washington County Sherriff’s Department, involved with the Warren and Washington County Youth Courts, GFHS Student Council, National Honor Society, Nordic skiing, track, and golf teams, among other volunteer efforts. Jerry says he is “inspired by the idea that [he] can contribute to ensuring a criminal justice system that functions properly, and make sure justice is done for all crime victims.” He says he aspires to be a federal prosecutor.

Tom Jenkins, an 18-year old senior, is president of the GFHS Student Council, a member of Octet, jazz band and chorus, and plays football (captain) and lacrosse, among other community service efforts. Tom says his biggest accomplishment was recovering from a leg injury sustained on the football field during the Indians’ state championship run in 2012. “I broke my leg and dislocated my ankle,” Tom says. “After a 6-month recovery, I was able to play lacrosse in the spring and play football my senior year. Recovering from this injury has given me a new appreciation for things and shown me what is possible with hard work.”

Lauren Stamatel, a 17-year old senior, is vice president of Hi-Y Georgia Adams Club for Girls, involved in American Field Service, National Honor Society, math team, and yearbook, is a second-team All Star in lacrosse, plays tennis and basketball, and performs in orchestra, among other volunteer efforts. She traveled to Costa Rica with her Spanish class last spring break to perform service projects. “We stayed in a small town called Copey,” Lauren says. “We painted fences and such, to help fix up the school and soccer field, which is very important to Costa Ricans.”