(WBNG) -- New York State Senator Fred Akshar visited three local schools this week to continue his student recognition program called "Akshar's All-Stars."
Akshar recognizes local students each month.
According to Akshar, students in the 52nd Senate District are selected because they have shown great leadership, compassion, school spirit or improvement among their peers.
"I do it because I feel that, as a community I should be giving back. Especially knowing that I don't play sports, so have the time on my hands where some kids might not. So just being able to use that time wisely, and make the choices for the benefit of my school and my community," Johnson City Senior Adrianna Potenzino said Friday.
Senator Akshar presents each student with a T-shirt, a framed certificate and a challenge coin.
His office released the following information about this week's all-stars:
At Johnson City High School, Akshar recognized senior Adrianna Potenzino for being a student leader and role model to her fellow students. Adrianna serves as Vice President of Student Government, President of National Honor Society and Editor for the Yearbook. A member of Mathletes, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and community charity fundraising organization Athletes2Athletes, Adrianna also works as a dietary aid for James G. Johnson/Hilltop Nursing Home and volunteered for "Kicking it with Kaylee," a fundraiser to help pay for the medical expenses of a young girl fighting Stage 3 Cancer.
At Chenango Forks High School, Akshar recognized sophomore Sydney Fendick for positively impacting not her school climate and community. An outstanding student who excels academically, Sydney is always willing to help a peer or volunteer to assist with school events - ranging from school dances to athletics. Sydney serves as a member of SADD Club, Sophomore Class Representative, member of Student Council and works at school dances and events at the Vestal Elementary School. She also helped organize the Homecoming Dance, participated in bottle drives for band and lacrosse, worked at the Jazz Cabaret for the past 4 years, helped raise funds for flood victims, volunteers with her church to run Vacation Bible School, organized the "Halloween Trunk-or Treat", walks dogs for retired elderly couples at her camp, babysits for local familieS and referees Youth Soccer games.
At Susquehanna Valley High School, Akshar recognized senior Sean Kane for always displaying an incredible work ethic, always striving for excellence, always putting the team before himself and always putting the needs of others before his own. Sean's teachers and coaches describe him as humble, quiet leader in their school, who always treats his peers with friendliness and respect. Sean plays JV and Varsity football and achieved distinction as part of the Elite 24 Football Players in the Southern Tier. Sean also participated in Indoor and Outdoor Track, Wrestling And Technology Club.