It’s always so inspiring to see teenagers and young people standing up for best behaviors and proactively attempting to make our city better. For all four years of Lawrence Patron’s Roman Catholic High School days, he was a member of its Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and, his senior year, was elected the club’s secretary. His nominator, Madelena Tran, says he “raises awareness of the consequences of impaired driving and other negative behaviors within the school community.” He’s also a member of the Community Service Corps since freshman year, a group that allows Lawrence to serve the school and the local community at events.
Patron’s maintained a 4.0 throughout high school and sat at number 30 in his class of 237 students as of his nomination’s submission. He’s taken on six honors courses, and Tran calls the senior “personable and mature.” His interests lie in arts and culture, as evidenced by active membership in the Art Club and Asian Culture Club for all four years. Patron has ambitious sights set on Pixar or video game animation and is ready to start on his path right here in town at the Art Institute. Perhaps the 500 block of Gerritt Street resident will develop the next Elsa or Dory. – Bill Chenevert