RYE BROOK, N.Y. – A Blind Brook High School junior was recently honored for civic achievement by the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook, & Port Chester.
Samuel Zarkower, of Rye Brook, was named winner of the 2015 Student Civic Achievement Award, according to a press release.
The annual award is given to a high school student who lives in and goes to school in Rye, Rye Brook, or Port Chester.
Zarkower is vice president of Junior States America, as well as a founder and member of Blind Brook High’s debate team.
He also is a member of the school’s student government, a Model United Nations member, a teaching assistant, and a peer tutor.
Zarkower volunteers at a soup kitchen and has participated for three years in the Tools for Change research effort.
He will visit inner city Chicago this summer to introduce a leadership program to schools, in hopes of providing character education that leads to young people staying away from gun violence.
"... I am drawn to civic engagement, politics and advocacy because they are fundamental to our nation’s foundation and have made us what we are today and will determine what we will become in the future,” Zarkower wrote in his application essay.