Starpoint senior wins state PTA Humanitarian Award    

CONTRIBUTEDBraden Zdrojewski, left, with Niagara Region PTA Awards chair Leslie Tobin at the regional PTA's 98th annual spring conference. 

Braden Zdrojewski, a senior at Starpoint High School, is the recipient of the New York State PTA Youth Humanitarian Award in memory of Stanley Marcus. The annual award goes to a high school junior or senior who exemplifies the qualities that Marcus, a  past state PTA vice president, held dear.

Braden’s activities exemplify those qualities. He has participated in preschool literacy nights, assisted incoming freshmen adjusting to high school, and helped to coordinate numerous events, but most of his volunteer hours have been spent working with the program Together Including Every Student (TIES), which gives students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to join extracurricular activities with support from trained student volunteers. Braden has spent more than 100 volunteer hours working with other students, teaching basketball, working in computer labs, giving golf lessons and more. He strives to support everyone he meets with dignity and respect.

In presenting the award, Niagara Region PTA awards chair Leslie Tobin said, “There is no doubt (Braden) has a very bright future ahead of him and that his dedication to his community will leave a lasting impact.”

The award was presented at Niagara Region PTA's 98th annual spring conference.