Herkimer senior chosen as 2017 Teen All-Star

Herkimer High School senior Brandan Parks was chosen as one of 25 high school seniors throughout the region honored in the Utica Observer-Dispatch’s “Teen All-Stars” recognition.

Read more: “25 honored as O-D Teen All-Stars”

Parks and his fellow All-Stars were honored with a breakfast on May 23 at Hart’s Hill Inn. The program recognizes students for academic and extracurricular achievement.

In an interview with the Observer-Dispatch, Parks spoke about how his father’s death at the hands of a drunken driver has inspired him to give back to his community.

“It is this event that drives me to work so relentlessly to participate in a variety of activities,” Park told the O-D. “I am honored to give back to the community that has been there for me.”

Read more of Park’s interview here.