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Way to Go!: Ryan Parmegiani, of Port Jefferson

Ryan Parmegiani was recently honored for accruing 850

Ryan Parmegiani was recently honored for accruing 850 hours of community service. Photo Credit: Port Jefferson School District

A Port Jefferson Middle School student has been honored for putting in more than 850 hours of community service — much of it by helping out in the district’s schools.

Eighth-grader Ryan Parmegiani, 13, volunteered for such tasks as working on dance-floor lighting schemes for the high school’s senior prom to installing new computers throughout the system during the summer.

The Port Jefferson Board of Education recognized his efforts last month with a certificate citing his “exemplary spirit of selflessness.”

“I mostly just love doing it,” Parmegiani said. “It makes me feel good.”

His volunteerism has included helping direct parents to classrooms during back-to-school nights and doing lighting work for the middle school and high school’s stage productions and concerts. In December, he assisted with the lighting of the winter concerts.

He also has helped with office tasks at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School, assisted with cleanups at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches and volunteered at the Port Jefferson PTA’s Scraggy Olympics.

“Throughout his tenure as a middle school student, Ryan has devoted a great deal of energy to making a difference in the lives of so many,” Port Jefferson Middle School Principal Robert Neidig said.

Parmegiani is a member of his school’s stage crew and technology crew, and National Junior Honor Society.— Michael R. Ebert

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