Atlantic Community High School IB program graduate Bencheta Beauzieux was selected as this year’s Bob Borovy Student Citizen of the Year and received $1,000 from the City of Boynton Beach’s Education and Youth Advisory Board. Bencheta, selected by a panel of community members and last year’s recipient, received her check at the Tuesday, June 1, 2021 City Commission Meeting.
While at Atlantic Community High School, Bencheta performed over 250 hours of community service. Described by one of her teachers as “one of the most committed and conscientious students he’s ever taught,” Bencheta was a member of the medical academy throughout high school and is a certified emergency medical responder. Her community service includes:
• Mentoring with the Adventurer Club
• Tutoring younger children for TutorCademy
• Participating in the “My Generation” program at the Faulk Center for Counseling which brings teens and seniors together, and
• Visiting patients in hospice through Vitas Healthcare.
In her award application essay, Bencheta relayed a poignant story about getting to know an elderly woman in hospice, and what she learned from that experience: “One of the main things I learned is that we can’t control what happens in people’s lives; all we can do is help them deal with it.”
Bencheta will attend Florida International University, and plans to major in biological sciences in order to become a pathologist.
The Bob Borovy Student Citizen of the Year award was created in 2000 to recognize a graduating high school senior who best epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism and giving to the community as exemplified by the late Bob Borovy, a US Veteran and former advisory board member who was an active member of the Boynton Beach community. Since the inception of the award, the City of Boynton Beach has distributed $28,250 in cash awards to 48 high school seniors.