|Ensign (jg) Nathan 'Banjo' Benoit|
|Name:||Nathan Longstreet Benoit|
|Height:||5 foot 10|
|Skin Color:||Off White|
|Current rank:||Ensign (jg.)|
|Current Position:||Asst. CSO|
Nathan is of average height and weight. He has brown hair which is a bit messy and a little on the long side. He also sports a big bushy mustache.
Nathan Longstreet Benoit was the youngest child of Rhett and Melanie Benoit. His father was a geologist working for Tulane University. His mother was a circuit Judge who worked in the parishes of south Louisiana. Both sides of his family, have Cajun ancestry. The family has the distinction of having many ancestors who fought in various wars throughout the past several centuries. Typically, they fought on the losing side. Notable among the ancestors’ lost causes was the Civil War. Nathan’s middle name comes from his distant ancestor, the Confederate General James Longstreet.
Loyola University, New Orleans; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Starfleet Academy, San Francisco.
Nathan, or “Banjo” as almost everyone calls him, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the youngest of four siblings. His parents were both very career oriented and as a result he was mostly reared by his Grandfather who lived deep in the bayou. It was his grandfather who taught him about his Cajun heritage and taught him Creole French. His family came from a long line of Cajun ancestry, of which Nathan and his Grandfather, but not his parents were quite proud. Cajun French sometimes slips into his vocabulary. This sometimes gets him into trouble, like when he starts referring to women as “Mon cher”. He did inherit his fathers interest in geology, but differentiated himself by also having a strong interest in Physics and Astronomy. He got his undergraduate degree in Geology and Astrophysics at Loyola University in New Orleans. He then went on to get a Masters in both disciplines at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He goes by “Banjo” to his friends, as he has a strong interest in the instrument. (See below Hobbies.) He was only the second member of his family to enlist in Starfleet. However, he was the first to graduate from the academy. His father, Rhett Benoit, attended Star Fleet Academy for 2 weeks until he had to drop out due to acute agoraphobia. (Obviously incompatible with Space Travel.)
He is currently a 4th Year Cadet at Starfleet Academy, studying to be a Science Officer. (SciO)
He is basically healthy, unlike his father, he does not suffer from agoraphobia. Because he grew up in the humid swampy deep south, he has never quite gotten used to the dry sterile constant temperature aboard starships. This however, causes him no discomfort, as it is only a personal preference. He is somewhat allergic to cat dander.
As mentioned above, he is a world class banjo player. He was at one time ranked by the Bluegrass Preservation Society as the fifth best Bluegrass 5 String Banjo player on Earth. Because of his devotion to this somewhat obscure instrument, his nickname is “Banjo”. Pretty much everyone calls him by that name. He loves playing Bluegrass/Country and some Folk. Generally, he plays in his quarters or on the holodeck. But, he has been know to pull out the banjo in the lounge. If anyone asks him to play, he is very obliging. He is a fan of Rugby, and played on an amateur team on Earth. Onboard ship, he normally plays this in the holodeck by himself, or with anyone he can talk into playing with him.
He is quite skilled in Astrophysics and Navigation. He is also very learned in the Planetary Sciences, notably Geology. In fact, he has a chunk of Obsidian, which he uses as a paperweight on his desk. Through Starfleet Academy, he studied and was certified in several engineering disciplines as well as astronavigation. As such he is a competent engineer. However, Science Officer, is his primary discipline. In addition, he is a world class Banjo Player. (See hobbies.) Although he is a decent shot with a weapon, his one weak area would be as tactician. During his time in the Academy, the joke going around the class was the only time you would want “Banjo Benoit” as TO, would be if your ship were being attacked by the Grand Ole’ Opry!
Banjo speaks French and is proud of his heritage. Although not obnoxious, he will verbally defend the honor of his Ancestors, should anyone make disparaging remarks about the “American South”, “Bluegrass/Country Music”, or the French. However, when people make those kinds of remarks, he generally rebutts people with good humor.
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