Four students were recognized by Rep. Mike Thompson for the 2018 Student Leaders of the Year in Solano County, including two from Benicia High School. The students were nominated and selected based on their academic achievements, student leadership, community engagement and contributions to Solano County.
Benicia High senior Carson Rendell was honored for his efforts to keep students informed via his work as a student anchor on Benicia High’s “Panther TV” web program. The program is broadcast to the student body every Thursday during the school’s Access period and can be seen on YouTube. Rendell was also honored for helping to organize several rallies in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Back in February, including an on-campus rally and the communitywide march.
Benicia High senior Shannon Sweeney was honored for her role as senior class president. Sweeney helped organize several school events and volunteered several hours throughout the year. She also was instrumental in planning the vigil at City Park held 10 days after the Parkland shooting and was an active organizer in the subsequent rallies to prevent gun violence.