Atlas Butler Awards November winners
Senior at Bishop Watterson High School
Nominated by: LeAnn Cantwell
Class with A: Physics
Teacher of winning class: Mr. Eberst
Celeste has worked hard throughout high school to maintain excellent grades. She has participated in a variety of service activities. She served as part of a group of students who traveled to Appalachia to offer assistance to residents of one of Kentucky’s most impoverished counties. She has volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, Mid Ohio Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Challenger Baseball Program.
She has volunteered her time to coach youth sports and is coaching her sister’s sixth grade volleyball team. She is part of senior leadership, which is a group of students, selected by their peers, to be responsible for various aspects of their senior year, including senior service. She is the senior service committee chair, making her responsible for chairing any service projects in which the group is involved.
Senior at Westerville South High School
Nominated by: Gina Crank
Class with A: Cultural studies
Teacher of winning class: Gary Howard
Alexandria committed over 1,000 hours of volunteer work for Columbus Parks and Recreation! Despite having no community service requirement to graduate she insisted on spending her time helping children at the Woodward Park Recreation Center. Alexandria’s hard work and dedication is what lead her to receive the Volunteer of the Year award at Woodward Park Recreation center. She also volunteers her time reading to small children in her community. I am very proud of Alexandria and I believe she is destined for greatness.
Senior at Delaware Hayes High School
Nominated by: Lisa Tabak
Class with A: Orchestra
Teacher of winning class: Stacy Lemke
Miriam Gibbs founded and operates Delaware Free Cakes for Kids. She began volunteering at the Common Ground Free Store two years ago with her Girl Scout troop. She now volunteer weekly and helps families give their children a birthday cake. She bakes a cake in the child’s favorite flavor, then decorates and adds candles in the color and/or theme of his or her choice. Families pick up their cakes at the store. Miriam and the Delaware Hayes Key Club, of which she is a member and sits on the board of directors, have made posters to hang in other sites so that more families may be served in the future.
Senior at Hilliard Bradley High School
Nominated by: Caryn Riggs
Class with A: English
Teacher of winning class: Mr. Matt Wolfe
Kaitlyn has a special needs brother and because of that she is very active in helping special needs children. She helps coach swimming in the Special Olympics, coaches babseball in the Miracle Baseball League and helps with fundraising for Children’s Hospital. While helping other people, Kaitlyn also maintains a 3.375 GPA and is on the varsity swim team. Because of Kaitlyn’s brothers condition the family has a lot of medical bills. Kaitlyn would like to attend college in some type of medical profession. This scholarship would help her to achieve that dream.
Senior at Dublin Jerome High School
Nominated by: Lynn Graham
Class with A: AP Biology
Teacher of winning class: Michael Castiglione
Mitchell has accumulated hundreds of volunteer hours giving to many organizations like Interact, Teen institute, National Honors Society, Dublin Irish Festival, City of Dublin, food pantries, Children’s Hunger Alliance and others. He went with Interact on a mission trip to Honduras in order to fix up an orphanage for HIV-positive children. Mitchell is an Eagle Scout. For his project he spent over 500 hours planning and executing a ‘Scout for a day’ program for boys with Down syndrome. He was awarded the Bronze Palm and he is the senior Patrol Leader. He won the award for the best youth volunteer at the Irish festival. At school, he was a CAP mentor where he helped freshmen become accustomed to school life. He won Jerome ’s ‘Celebration of excellence’ award. Mitchell also interned at Doctors’ Hospital.
Freshman at Bishop Hartley High School
Nominated by: Alyssa Muller
Class with A: Spanish I
Teacher of winning classroom: Alyssa Muller
Aaron assists the residents at the Canal Winchester Altercare during his spare time. He helps them with dinner, he talks to them, and plays cards with those who enjoy it.
Senior at Worthington Kilbourne High School
Nominated by: Debra Simons
Class with A: Zoology
Teacher of winning class: Mrs. Henderson
Victoria has completed 490 volunteer hours at the Columbus Zoo in the ZooAide/RegionAide program. Her responsibilities include educating the public about the Shores region animals, helping to run the touch pool, assisting guests and staff, and cleaning tanks and public areas. She is also a member of the Leadership Worthington Student Advisory Board. Victoria is active in many school community-service clubs. She has volunteered with the Interact Club since 9th grade and is a member of Knitting for the Needy that knits scarves, hats, and more for the homeless. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Victoria also takes AP, honors, and dual credit college courses through the University of Findlay.
Senior at Licking Valley High School
Nominated by: Julie Strohacker
Class with A: Ceramics 1
Teacher of winning class: Cheryl Risner
Kaylee has always loved animals, especially dogs. When she heard a Pilot Dogs representative speak about being an assistant seeing eye dog puppy raiser, she was determined to help. She was accepted into the program and was given an 11-week-old chocolate standard poodle. She named him CoCo and for a year, she worked to socialize and train him. After completing an obedience class, he earned his official “assistance dog training” vest and she took him everywhere. She showed him at the Ohio State Fair and the Hartford Fair. Eventually, CoCo had to return to Pilot Dogs and did become a seeing eye dog. He was so successful that he was one of the few dogs placed internationally. CoCo was paired with a blind man from South Korea and he is now part of another amazing team.
Senior at Marysville High School
Nominated by: Lindsay Welk
Class with A: Probability and Statistics
Teacher of winning class: Karen Hyland
Kiley has been volunteering with the multiple disability students in our district for nearly five years. Even though she has a very difficult class schedule with many advanced placement classes, Kiley comes into my classroom to eat her lunch with my special needs students and she volunteers helping my students learn how to cook, complete chores and improve their hygiene habits each day during her study hall in our multiple disability unit. She is a multi-sport Special Olympics coach as well. Kiley is such an amazing help to our students with the most severe disabilities. She is not only an amazing volunteer, but a great friend to the kids as well.The students call and text Kiley and she is more than happy to chat with them.
Senior at Big Walnut High School
Nominated by: Angie Stooksbury
Class with A: Contemporary Authors
Teacher of winning class: Angie Stooksbury
Kaitlyn Vazquez is the type of student who is first to volunteer, yet leads while encouraging others to follow. A teacher recently pass away due to cancer. Kaitlyn organized a campaign to honor this middle school teacher by raising funds for the Carcinoid Foundation. She purchased ribbons and had the student section wear the ribbons and collect donations during a home football game. Kaitlyn helped to collect over $1,500 in donations for the foundation and the teacher’s family. Kaitlyn is involved with freshmen in mentoring with our transition programs like Eagle’s First Flight and Challenge Day.