Strong character and a determination to help others has earned a Franklin Central School junior honors as sixth recipient of a recently started monthly scholarship, an organizer says.
Lynndon Huyck was presented Friday with a certificate of excellence, recognizing his accomplishments,  by Linda DeAndrea of the Franklin Community Educational Foundation.
DeAndrea  is a member of the group’s board of directors and president of the Franklin Board of Education. The educational foundation was formed last summer by a group of Franklin residents who want to help the school provide for students during  a time of declining resources.
The $100 scholarship, to be presented upon graduation, was presented by Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan McReynolds in memory of Wendy Brown.
Huyck was chosen, upon recommendation of school teachers, for several reasons, DeAndrea said. He is strong academically and an active Boy Scout member, a member of the school’s Honor Society, and a facilitator of the school’s alternative to violence program, helping run mini-workshops for students and staff. The latter program addresses such issues as bullying.
Huyck said the award was a huge honor.
“I feel really good they chose me,” he said.
When he joined the alternative to violence program two years ago, he said, he wasn’t sure what to expect, but “I enjoy helping others.”
He is also on the school’s soccer, basketball and baseball teams.
Huyck said he isn’t sure where he is going to college, but he wants to go into law enforcement and probably major in psychology.
Besides the scholarship, DeAndrea said the group is sponsoring an upcoming trip for students in grades 5-6 to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Previous winners of the scholarship are Paige Dutcher, a fourth-grader; Kent Heidenreich, a 12th-grader; Julian Matthews, a sixth-grader; Jordan Beers, an 11th-grade, and Isabella Hotchkin, a second-grader.