Benjamin was born September 4, 1989. He was a lifelong member of the Bengal Christian Church where he was baptized and served as a Junior Deacon. He attended Greenfield-Central High School and participated in track, soccer, football and basketball. An avid sportsman, Benjamin enjoyed hunting and fishing and exploring the woods and lakes of Michigan and Canada.
On a family vacation, Benjamin spotted the highest sand dune and told his parents he needed to climb it because a lesser man would go around. Standing on the summit, he reveled in the joy of success and life. This moment exemplified Benjamin’s approach to all things. He sought out exciting challenges and lived a drug and alcohol free life. Benjamin was courageous and never shied away from a challenge. Family and friends were very important to Benjamin. Hugs and pranks were inevitable when he was around. Despite Benjamin’s reputation for mischievous pranks, he was a focused and determined competitor. He was notorious for tweaking his coach’s instructions so that his workout was harder than everyone else’s. But no matter how exhausted he was, he would always leave the track with a friendly wave and a bright smile.
He continues to be a positive influence to all who knew him.
This scholarship is awarded to a Greenfield- Central High School senior with preference given to athletes.