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Stellar Student: Zach Denton
by Sarah Anne Voyles
October 08, 2013 05:36 PM | 5410 views | 3 3 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brookhaven resident Zach Denton is setting the pace for his senior year at the Marist School.

Denton is not only taking a rigorous academic work load, but he is a member of the varsity cross country team, Peace by Piece, Junior Classical League, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society.

“I am testing the waters to see how I can branch out,” Denton said. “Everyone says they cannot wait for independence, but I want the ability to make decisions for myself and to give back.”

Denton is also active in the Marist Hispanic Education Center. The center helps prepare young Hispanic immigrants to take the General Equivalency Diploma test.

Besides his love for learning and speaking different languages, Denton said he became involved with the program to help others after so many have invested their time in him. He is fluent in four languages — Spanish, Latin, Ancient Greek and Italian and teaching himself French.

He said this program became more than just gaining the community service hours he needed for school. Throughout his time working with the adult students, Denton said there have been moments that shocked him as he realized how much he has been given.  

“When I was really young I could not speak and I understand how it feels to have people looking down on you,” Denton said. “I feel a calling to help people who are less fortunate than me. I go to this fancy school and have all these advantages simply because people have invested in me and I want to do the same for others.”

Denton also created his own website, which is a classical art history website seen by thousands each month.

Through the collection of art on his website, Denton created an art history test for the state Latin exam. He was the only student to create an exam and proctor it to other students. Denton said he enjoyed the experience and is helping other students create their own exams.

“I was one year ahead in Latin and took independent study in classical art history,” Denton said. “I am now helping younger students maintain and update the website.”

Similar to most college-bound high school seniors, Denton has a list of advanced placement classes this year on his schedule. He maintains a 4.1 GPA and has a top five list of colleges that includes Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame where he would like to study the humanities.

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