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Senior honored with Teen Excellence Award

Peter Schwartz with his parents and his school counselor Sarah Rust
Peter Schwartz with his parents and his school counselor Sarah Rust

Schuylerville High School senior Peter Schwartz has been selected as a recipient of The Post-Star’s Teen Excellence Award. Schwartz was honored at an awards breakfast on Wednesday, March 13 at The Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury and will be featured in a special section of The Post-Star. Schwartz was one of just 24 students from the region to receive this honor, which recognizes students who have demonstrated personal growth, leadership and innovation, along with a commitment to the community.

“In addition to being an outstanding student and tremendous athlete, Peter is an exceptional role model for his classmates,” said High School Principal James Ducharme. “His character, leadership and willingness to give back to our community make him undeniably deserving of this recognition.”

Schwartz is a two-sport varsity athlete in golf and basketball and a member of several clubs, including National Honor Society, Spanish club and Future Business Leaders of America club. He has served as Class of 2019 president for four years, is a member of Saratoga County 4-H and has been a cattle showman at county fairs since 2010. Schwartz gives back to the community through his volunteer work. He volunteers as a peer tutor, referees and umpires for youth sports, is a lector at his church and volunteers at local church dinners and at a local food pantry. This honor is just one of Schwartz’s many achievements, including being named the 2015 4-H Public Presentation New York State Champion, being awarded the RIT Scholarship, taking part in the Foothills Council Leadership Summit and being a three-time Saratoga County Beef Cattle Grand Master Showman.

Schwartz plans to attend either the University of New Hampshire or Clarkson University in the fall, where he’ll major in civil engineering. As a recipient of the Teen Excellence Award, Schwartz will have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships made possible from several community donors.