January 2012 Atlas Butler Awards Winners

Thursday February 9, 2012 11:20 AM

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling, White Castle, College Advantage and ThisWeek Community Newspapers are recognizing exemplary students who represent their school and community by demonstrating hard work and strength of service.

Throughout the 2011-12 school year, Atlas Butler’s panel of judges will select 10 monthly nominees, who are featured in their respective ThisWeek communities. A $250 award will be provided in the student’s name to a local classroom of the teacher of the nominee’s choice.

All selected monthly nominees are featured on ThisWeekNEWS.com. Over the course of the ninth-month school year, 90 nominees are selected. Each nominee becomes eligible for an annual prize: three Atlas Butler students of the year, $2,500; five first-place winners, $1,000 each; and 15 honorable mentions, $500 each. To read other students’ profiles or to nominate your student, visit www.AtlasButlerAwards.com.

Nominations close on the 15th of each month. Help our panel decide winners on Facebook from the 17th to the 23rd of each month.

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Caleb Beck
Senior at Grove City High School
Nominated by: Wendi Beck
Class with A: English
Teacher of winning classroom: Rolla Beach
Caleb has done an amazing amount of things for our church. He goes to the Ronald McDonald house every month with our youth group to help out where needed. He has been on at least 2 mission trips. He went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help with the clean up. He leads our Sunday night worship with the teens, playing the guitar and picking out the music they play every week. He has even preached a few times for the Teen Worship service. He teaches Sunday school occasionally and is planning on going into Youth Ministry. I am so proud of my son and the things he has accomplished.

Olivia Small
Sophomore at Big Walnut High School
Nominated by: Angie Stooksbury
Class with A: English
Teacher of winning classroom: O'Reilly
Dedicated to being the best person she can be, and helping as many people as she can is what Olivia Small is all about. She is the first to volunteer to help a classmate with homework or an elderly person with chores. I am nominating her for the Atlas Butler Award because of her determination to make a difference in Big Walnut's “Be the Change” program. As a sophomore, Olivia has stepped up to run the “Be The Change” program at the high school. Twice a month Olivia comes in early and runs a meeting to promote our school’s zero tolerance to bullying campaign. Olivia organizes activities that the group does within the high school to promote acceptance among our student body. It is her commitment to reaching out to others and determination to make our school a safe and welcoming environment for all students that deserves recognition. Olivia works selflessly to help others. I am so proud of her. Please show her that her hard work matters by choosing her for this award. She is the epitome of what we are looking for in our young adults.

De’Von Jennings
Senior at Beechcroft High School
Nominated by: Antonia Mulvihill
Class with A: Physics
Teacher of winning classroom: Cathy Huller
De’Von worked very hard this summer on the 7th Annual Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Families Program. He helped recruit volunteers and he participated enthusiastically in helping rehab a house. This year he has continued to encourage other students to participate in community service (he himself has helped with The African American Wellness Walk as a volunteer as well as helping organize and run a blood drive at our school. De'Von will tell you that working as a volunteer for the Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Families Program was an uplifting experience because he could see what many hands can do and because he and the other volunteers knew well they were changing lives. He is determined to continue volunteering and helping change other's lives and he is also determined to encourage others tirelessly to get involved to help change the world for the better a little at a time.

Rebecca Joseph
Senior at Hilliard Davidson High School
Nominated by: Annalese Joseph
Class with A: AP Literature and Composition
Teacher of winning classroom: Daniel Owens
Over the summer, Rebecca volunteered her time as a Student ENT assistant at the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital. She worked so hard escorting patients to various parts of the hospital, sorting charts for the doctors and nurses, and keeping the waiting room chaos-free. She constantly interacted with the patients, hoping to dissipate the anxiousness that often accompanied themselves and their families. She always stayed longer than her required shift just in case the nurses needed any help or if patients needed directional assistance navigating around the hospital. Rebecca has such a bright, friendly personality, one that i know she took with her every time she went to volunteer at the James. She always puts 100 percent of her effort into every service project she does, and this experience was no exception. I would highly recommend her for this award not just because I am her mother, but because I have seen her enthusiasm for community service and I know how much she has worked to deserve this.

Mitchell McClellan
Freshman at Dublin Scioto High School
Nominated by: Lisa McClellan
Class with A: Geometry
Teacher of winning classroom: Sarah Olson
Mitchell is a special needs child who has continued to overcome this potential obstacle cheerfully. His neighbor left town for several months to attend to a sick parent. Mitchell stepped in to cut the neighbor’s lawn during the summer without expecting anything in return. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have been very important to him since the first grade. Recently, he worked at the Camp Lazarus day camp several days in 2011. He is presently working on his Eagle rank, which is a project to build a permanent, lighted trophy case at Chapman Elementary, his former grade school. For the scout annual fundraiser, Mitchell has sold over $12,000 worth of popcorn door-to-door over 7 years. He earned a college scholarship fund the first year in which he earned $2,500. A portion of the sales is placed into the fund each year. This year, he sacrificed his own sales and subsequent contribution to the fund in order to work with his little brother. He developed a sales plan and earned his Salesmanship merit badge in the process. They went out at least 10 hours to try to reach the $2,500 number so Spencer could start his own college scholarship fund. They exceeded their goal. I am so proud of Mitchell for being a good brother, citizen and helpful young man.

Rease Johnson
Senior at Pickerington Central
Nominated by: Margaret Kuebler
Class with A: choir/chorale
Teacher of winning classroom: John Long
Rease Johnson is a young man who experienced a difficult home life in the past and a total of seven years as a foster child (now in our legal custody). In spite of this he has succeeded academically, musically and socially. He has a 3.8 GPA in AP and honors classes, attended Buckeye Boys State, has been one of just a few four-year members of both band and choir, will participate in the OMEA All State Choir in Feb., will be a third year member of the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and two-year member of Cardinal Chorale and participates in theater productions at school. He has also been a member of a church hand bell choir and sang with the Pickerington Community Choir. He runs the slide projector at our church for the song service. As a member of the National Honor Society he and other members Trick or Treated for canned goods for the local food pantry. He also organized members of NHS to make and collect shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. As a younger child, Rease spent many summer sessions at a Big Brother, Big Sister camp. Since he became too old to be a camper, he has volunteered as a counselor the last two summers. He thoroughly enjoys working with the campers and “giving back”.
Rease wants to share his love of singing with young people in the future and his dream is to become a vocal music teacher. I believe he is most deserving of this award to help make that dream come true.

Nicole Rule
Junior at Dublin Coffman High School
Nominated by: Karen Brothers
Class with A: Peer Collaboration
Teacher of winning classroom: Mychal LeCaptain
Nicole has taken a strong leadership role in a course and after school club for peer collaboration. She is a strong advocate for her peers, especially those with special needs. She is signed up for a class that provides support for her peers one period each day. She is an A+ student in this class and she extends this support after school and on the weekends. She is a strong advocate for positive school community that accepts all students. She's been critical in organizing outings for special needs students to the pumpkin patch, Zoo Lights, and much more. Nicole was featured/interviewed on NBC 4 with Cabot Rae for her work in this wonderful program. Ms. LeCaptain works closely with Nicole and is extremely excited about her maturity and ability to understand and help others.

Lindsay Spragg
Senior at Olentangy Orange High School
Nominated by: Joanna Burcham
Class with A: Physics
Teacher of winning classroom: Didio

Lindsay is a remarkable young woman who truly cares about her fellow students and is willing to give unselfishly of her time and talents. She has many volunteer positions on her resume (coordinating blood drives for the red cross, raising money for Invisible Children, serving as a Big Sister for a middle school student, and as a mentor for the Special Olympics, and organizing an annual multicultural fair for the school), but the most representative of the positive, welcoming person Lindsay is, is her work with the special needs students in our high school. She volunteers every day in the adaptive PE class. She encourages the students to participate and exercise every day using her positive, can-do attitude. The students consider her a friend they can count on in class and outside of class. For example, on a school outing, Lindsay chose to accompany one of her special needs friends, rather than spend the time with her core group of friends. Her compassion, warmth and accepting attitude are truly inspirational to the adults as well as the kids she comes in contact with. Lindsay is an honors student and athlete who finds time to make a significant difference for her fellow students.

Emilee Murphy
Senior at Reynoldsburg High School
Nominated by: Mrs. Kristi Calkins
Class with A: Orchestra
Teacher of winning classroom: Mrs. Kathy Vansant
Miss Emilee Murphy has volunteered in numerous community and school activities over the years. She is a self-motivated servant and a great asset to her school and community. In high school, she excels in her classes with a perfect GPA all while having a heart for serving others. If someone needs help, she sees the need and willingly helps without questions. She is involved with behind-the-scenes setup for orchestra assemblies and events. She just didn’t start with helping; she has been for over four years now. In serving in her community, she volunteers in a fourth grade classroom assisting students with assignments and helping the teacher with school activities. Emilee continues to voluntarily support the directors at her church with musicals and summer Vacation Bible Schools since she was in junior high. Her strength in service isn’t something new, it continues to grow the older she is and will blossom in the future. I nominate Miss Emilee Murphy for the Atlas Butler Strength in Service Award.

Samantha Schroeder
Senior at Hilliard Darby High School
Nominated by: Joseph Palazzo
Class with A: English Lit and Composition
Teacher of winning classroom: Brian Tonti
Samantha Schroeder is an outstanding young lady who excels in the academic, athletic, co-curricular, and leadership realms while balancing the demands of all of those activities with extensive community service and part-time employment. Sam has volunteered many hours for Habitat for Humanity, the Columbus Soup Kitchen, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Kids Club House, and OSU Medical Hospital Nutrition Center; and knits baby blankets for Touching Little Lives. Sam has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school in a most rigorous and advanced course of study, but has also tutored other students for the past three years. She is honest, compassionate and friendly. She is nice to everyone. Her peers know that Samantha will support and encourage everyone without judgment. Samantha’s heart is always in the right place, and she gives her all in everything she does.
 

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