Alumni Focus: Jeff Benoit

Newsletter issue: 
June 2014
News item date: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Andrew Hyrcza (THP Volunteer)   

2013 graduate Jeff Benoit is excited to be back at LCS.
 

    Jeff Benoit, 2013 Louverture Cleary School (LCS) graduate, has found ways to return to LCS. Whether to celebrate the Moynihan’s 25th anniversary or help with basketball and soccer teams, Benoit always enjoys coming home.     

    On one trip back, Benoit took a new look at the freshly re-painted motto on Claire Heureuse: “Nou pare poun reabti Ayiti, e ou?” (“We are ready to rebuild Haiti, are you?”) As an alumnus, he sees the quote’s relevance in a new light, “After you graduate you have something you ought to do. If you want to do something, go by the motto.” He added optimistically, “Every time I see an LCS student, I see change in Haiti.”

    Benoit currently spends his time rebuilding Haiti by studying Computer Sciences at Infrotonique d’Haiti. He is grateful for the opportunity to realize a life-long dream. The differences in his new life are obvious. Now he has to take five tap-taps (buses which make up the informal public transportation system in Port-au-Prince) each way between home and his classes. Also, with increased freedom comes increased responsibility. In his words, “The decisions and consequences are my own.”

    The alumni are often challenged to fill the areas of support, which were so freely given to them while at LCS. Benoit does not have to look far: “My parents. They have always been there for me.” Having strong role models, especially in his family, was instrumental in Benoit’s development as a leader.  

    Past Volunteers and Staff have commented that Benoit has always been a role model to others. He became Super Guide (class president) during his Philo (U.S. senior +1) year and enjoyed offering advice to younger students. His example moved the Office of External Affairs to award Benoit the JFK scholarship. OEA Director, Jean Roger Polidor, attested to Benoit’s, “good attitude, academics, and leadership.”   

    Benoit wants to remind future Philo students that they, “cannot do what they do for themselves, they must do it for their school.”