DENHAM SPRINGS – A Denham Springs High student who established a scholarship for other students who experience natural disasters and was the first to score a 5 on an Advanced Placement exam was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs.

Max Brown was the recipient of the Earle Benton Kiwanis Club Scholarship, one of three presented annually by the club, now renamed for three long-time Kiwanis Club members.

Other recipients were Cade Capena, of Live Oak High, Mike Dowty Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and Nicholas “Nico” Budde, of Live Oak High, George Driggers Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship.

“Each year, Kiwanis presents three scholarships to Key Club students who have done outstanding service to their school, Key Club and their community,” said Luderick Hidalgo, who led the scholarship selection committee.

“Part of Kiwanis is about serving children around the world and in our community.”

Speaking of Brown, Hidalgo said, “He went through the flood of 2016 like a lot of us did and he thought there was a need for that.”

Brown has a 4.20 grade-point average and scored 35 on the ACT. He scored the first 5 on the Advanced Placement chemistry exam.

He also was the founder and president of Science Quiz Bowl Team

Brown was named Student of the Year at Denham Springs High, after being named Student of the Year in 2015-16 at Denham Springs Freshman High.

Brown said he will attend Boston University and study medicine.

His goal is to work for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or with a research firm to study infectious diseases.

As a member of his school’s Key Club, Brown has worked with Mighty Moms food pantry for three years, collecting, storing and distributing foodstuffs.

He also volunteered at Spring Fling Field Day at Lewis Vincent Elementary helping with games and rides for two years and Livingston Parish Spring Fest assisting with pre-kindergarten and special-needs enrollment.

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