CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Senator Bjorge's future is mapped out.
Bjorge, a senior at Croton-Harmon High School, was honored as the BOCES Student of Distinction for his achievement in the Urban Forestry program at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES. Bjorge has already committed to attending Paul Smith College in the Adirondacks, to pursue a degree in Arboriculture and Landscape Management.
Bjorge, whose lifelong fascination with heavy machinery dates back to his early childhood, said he first became interested in the Urban Forestry program while attending a metalworking camp at the Tech Center campus. After two years in the program, he says he couldn’t be happier with the relationships he has developed and all that he has learned.
“I saw the equipment while going to camp at BOCES and thought it was all really cool,” Bjorge said. “I’m happy I joined the program. You learn so much in class, from how to operate the heavy machinery to the different diseases that plants and trees may get, and how to diagnose and save them.”
Bjorge has been involved with his local fire department since the age of 14 and is a member of the Croton-Harmon High School swim team, ski team, and tennis team, and volunteers with the Croton Senior Citizen program. He attended whale camp in Canada and works at Teatown.
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