Frenship HS senior honored for working with life skills student

Taking a life skills student under his wing is the reason Frenship High School senior Ryan Benson was nominated for a character award at school.

Benson was nominated for the award by Wendy Rae Kerr, and was named the FHS Acts of Kindness winner for the month of December by the Parent Teacher Student Association.

Working in the workroom of the main office at FHS, Benson worked with the life skills student two days a week, taking on skills like sorting the mail and delivering papers.

“Words cannot describe the kindness Ryan Benson shows everyone, but he goes beyond what many young men and women would do when it comes to working with a young man” from the life skills classes, Kerr wrote in nominating Benson.

Kerr said Benson took the other student with him on every trip, letting the other student choose which set of papers he wanted to carry and generally doing anything to bring a smile to that student’s face. Benson made an effort to teach the student how to load the printers and separate the mail, she said.

“I am not the only person at Frenship High School to notice the extra mile Ryan has gone,” Kerr said. “Many other teachers have commented.”

For his part, Benson said he really enjoyed working in the office last semester, especially because he got to work with the life skills student.

“I just really enjoyed helping out,” he said. The life skills student “was fun to hang out with.”

Benson is not working in the office this semester because he needed another class to graduate, but he said he sees the life skills student each day during lunch and makes a point to talk to him there.

Benson is active on the FHS Bell Crew and the B-Team Ballers. Both groups support athletics programs at FHS.

Benson also enjoys snowboarding, working on his car, riding a longboard and hanging out with his friends. He attends two youth groups, including the Experience Life Lifehouse and the United Methodist Church youth group.

Benson plans to study aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University next fall. He said he loves planes and hopes to get a pilot’s license someday, but he’s really most interested in the mechanics of flying.

Benson is the son of David and Vickie Benson.

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