Carmel’s Christian DiBenedetto Named BOCES Student of Distinction

Pictured Above: Carmel High School senior Christian DiBenedetto stands with family and BOCES representatives after being named a Student of Distinction at a Carmel Board of Education meeting on May 23. (From L to R): BOCES Board of Education President Mr. Richard Kreps, PNW BOCES Superintendent Dr. James Ryan, Sol DiBenedetto, Christian DiBenedetto. Vincent DiBenedetto and Tech Center Principal Mr. James Bellucci.

Pictured Below: BOCES Student of Distinction Christian DiBenedetto shows off his awards at a recent Carmel Board of Education meeting.

You may recognize Carmel High School senior Christian DiBenedetto from his recent stint as the co-host for the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Tech Center Honor Society Induction. But if you don’t know his face just yet, don’t worry, you probably will soon, because as his Tech Center teacher Liz Marques says, DiBenedetto, “is going places.”

“Christian is a talented young filmmaker,” Marques said. “He has really produced some outstanding projects.”

In fact, Marques isn’t the only one who recognizes DiBenedetto’s talent and ambition. On May 23, DiBenedetto, a TV Production and Digital Film student at the Tech Center at Yorktown, was honored as a BOCES Student of Distinction during a Carmel Board of Education meeting. The ceremony welcomed both BOCES and Carmel School District administrators who joined in praising DiBenedetto for his accomplishments.

The celebration opened with remarks from PNW BOCES Superintendent Dr. James Ryan, who noted the prestige of DiBenedetto’s award.

“I really want to express the exclusive nature of this presentation,” Ryan said. “We have well over 1,200 students who attend our Career and Technical Education Center, and Christian is one of a handful of students who excels at the level at which he does.”

Tech Center Principal James Bellucci echoed Dr. Ryan’s sentiments.

“If you’re ever wondering what the top one per cent of anything looks like, Christian is it,” said Bellucci.

BOCES Board President Richard Kreps then presented a certificate recognizing DiBenedetto’s “outstanding leadership skills, academic progress and community spirit,” before awarding the student a medal of honor as well.

DiBenedetto, whose love of film began when he and his older brother first started making their own YouTube videos, credited BOCES with giving him the opportunity to flourish as he proceeds into his post-secondary studies.

“It’s about learning the ins and outs of film –you get to learn all of the basic information,” DiBenedetto said. “It’s like a platform for your career. BOCES has given me a lot of experience and taught me what to prepare for. I thought I knew what I was doing in the beginning, but I learned a lot that will definitely help me in the future.”

Before the evening concluded, DiBenedetto took a moment to thank his parents and brother for their support.

“We are very proud of him, said DiBenedetto’s mother, Sol DiBenedetto, “He is very studious, and is always working at his computer when he comes home.”

“He has worked very hard,” said DiBenedetto’s father, Vincent DiBenedetto.

DiBenedetto will attend Dutchess Community College this fall, and then transfer to SUNY Purchase, where he plans to major in New Media, which embraces different mediums of storytelling, including film.