Oh, the places they’ll go…
Our second annual round-up of inspiring local teens who are taking the world by storm.
Pool balls and cues
courtesy of Modell’s Port Chester
Photographs by William Taufic
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"Youth,” as George Bernard Shaw famously said, “is wasted on the young.” We disagree. This year’s crop of terrific Greenwich teens makes the most of every minute of every day. Their interests, which they tackle with energy and focus, are more in the nature of all-consuming passions. Included in the group are a prizewinning filmmaker, a budding physicist out to change the face of medicine, an ice hockey whiz with an eye on the 2011 Deaflympics, and a visionary who used his fight against a life-threatening illness to start a foundation for children’s cancer research. If there is a common thread to be found in this diverse group of talented teens, it’s that they are modest about their accomplishments — academic excellence and philanthropy are a given. Pushing the envelope is as natural to them as breathing, and they care deeply about the future of the world in which they live — and know it is in their hands. We’re not worried.
The Happy Camper
The next time you’re wondering about donating to the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, take a moment to remember Jonathan Drosos, who was named the organization’s 2009 Youth of the Year. “It made me who I am,” he says bluntly. When Jonathan was seven his mother enrolled him in Camp Simmons, the summer camp on Lake Avenue. For a single working mother, it was the perfect solution to day care or having a latchkey kid, and that fall she signed him up for the afterschool program. “It definitely gave me a place to go where I could get done what I needed to,” says Jonathan, “and, at the same time, have a great time.”