2008-06-26 / News

Harry Scott-Bennett finishes busy career at Prout

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Harry Scott-Bennett earned the Elizabeth Prout award, an award that is given to the senior who best exemplifies Christian service.  Harry Scott-Bennett earned the Elizabeth Prout award, an award that is given to the senior who best exemplifies Christian service. Most student-athletes are busy, but take a look at islander Harry Scott-Bennett's high school resume and between academics, athletics, volunteering and other extra-curricular activities, it is a wonder he had time to sleep.

"It is not really that much if you think about it and it is all a lot of fun," Scott-Bennett said.

Scott-Bennett recently graduated from The Prout School as a highly decorated student athlete. He received the Elizabeth Prout Award which is given to that senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Christian service. "That award is one of the things I am most proud of. It is based on service and well-roundedness and given to the student that best exemplifies wh at th e hi gh sc hool is trying to be. The winner represents what the high school stands for," he said.

Scott-Bennett was also proud of the being awarded the Prout School's Male Crusader Athlete of the Year at the school of 1,200 students, including 156 seniors.

As a member of the 2008 Division IA state champion lacrosse team, Scott-Bennett was selected for the Division Senior All-Star Team. This was the first se ason Prout was in Division IA after being in Division II previously, where they won the state crown in 2006 and 2007. "Winning the state championship for the third year in a row was kind of nice because the previous two years we were in Division II, and 1A is more competitive. It was nice to go out on top," Scott-Bennett said.

As the goaltender for the ice hockey team, he was the Assistant Captain both his junior and senior years and the 2008 MVP of the All-Area Hockey Team. He was named to the 2nd Team All Division and was selected for the RIIL (Rhode Island Interscholastic League) Hockey Coaches Division All-Star Team in 2007 and 2008. He was also a finalist for the Cox Sports Awards for hockey.

Scott-Bennett was a member of the RI Honor Society and was a Rhode Island Scholar which is based on SAT/ACT scores. He was also the captain of the crosscountry team.

Top on Scott-Bennett's activity list was the recycle club, where he was the president his senior year. "The first re al ye ar th ere wa s a r e cycle club was my freshman year and that has been cool because I have seen it grow. I was the lowest

person on the totem pole as a freshman and now I am the president," he said. Scott-Bennett spent anywhere between 8 to 15 hours per week helping to manage all the paper bins at the school. "Basically our job is to get as much of the recycling out of the school as possible," he said.

As a junior, Scott-Bennett represented Prout at both the Rotary Club Youth Leadership Conference and the RIIL Sportsmanship Conference. As a senior he was a student ambassador for the Prout School where he helped out with several open houses and other events. "We were trying to attract new students and let them know what Prout is about," Scott-Bennett said.

Throughout high school Scott- Bennett volunteered at the Newport Art Museum, the Jamestown Junior High Robotics Program, the Jamestown cleanup and the Round the Island bike race among other things. He has also been found crossing the finish li ne at the Fool's Rules Regatta, where he took first pl ace in th e Un limited Class in 2006.

In the fall, Scott-Bennett will head to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he will play hockey and lacrosse. Although he has not chosen a major, he is looking forward to the unusual classes the school offers. "Basically you take one class for three and a half weeks and you take a final an d you are done with it. I hope it fits my learning style," Scott-Bennett said.

This summer he can be found working at Zeek's Creek, where he has been employed since 2003.

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