Honoring young volunteers (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

April 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) High school seniors from all across the Southern Tier were honored for their community service during their high school careers.

28 seniors were honored with the Student Community Service Awards on Thursday night at Broome-Tioga BOCES. The recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a college in New York from New York State Senator Thomas Libous (R-52nd).

"These kids, they're the real deal. They go out and help this community," Senator Libous said.

For most of the award winners, the night was surreal.

"It was an honor and to meet the Senator, it was really cool," Bainbridge-Guilford senior Donald Monroe said.

All the community service hours meant giving up time with friends, free time and sometimes other extracurricular activities.

But these students would recommend volunteering to everyone.

"It opens up a lot of doors. You meet new people, you get new opportunities. It gives you an avenue to learn what you like, what you don't like. You can't ever go wrong with community service," Ross Corners Christian Academy senior Megan Murphy.

The student community service awards are sponsored by Senator Libous, Broome-Tioga BOCES and WBNG-TV.

Action News' Jillian Marshall will be profiling three of the award winners throughout the month of May.