Brad Baker, manager of corporate communications with Plymouth Rock, left, George Ryan, president of Wheeler and Taylor, award recipient Lucas Benjamin and Nicole Candido, account executive with 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Taconic Senior Presented 'High School Hero' Award
By Andy McKeever iBerkshires Staff 02:55PM / Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On top of a scholarship, Nicole Candido, account executive for 98.5 The Sport Hub, gave Benjamin some gear to take to college with him.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School senior Lucas Benjamin was honored Tuesday for his efforts in and outside of the classroom.
Benjamin was recognized as a 2013 Massachusetts High School Hero, an honor from two Boston-based companies looking to promote high school athletes.
Representatives from Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp., radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub and Pittsfield-based Wheeler & Taylor Reality (a Plymouth Rock insurance provider) presented Benjamin with a $1,000 scholarship at Taconic on Tuesday.
Only seven students across the state received the honor and they will be recognized at the state high school football championships at Gillette Stadium in December.
Benjamin won the award for earning a 101 grade average as well as being captain of the swim team, member of the school district's Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, a member of the National Honor Society and being president of the school's chapter of the Massachusetts Junior League.
He has taken roles in school plays, a member of Students Against Drunk Driving, speaker at the National Youth Leadership Conference, a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and worked on the political campaigns of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and President Barack Obama. More on Benjamin's accomplishments can be found here.
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