Below are September's winners. Congratulations!
Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling, White Castle, and ThisWeek Community News are recognizing exemplary students who represent their school and community by demonstrating hard work and strength of service.
Throughout the 2012-13 school year, Atlas Butler's panel of judges will select 10 monthly nominees, who will be 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. Eighty students will be finalists this year and will become eligible for an annual scholarship: 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 each month on Facebook from the 17th to the 23rd of each month.
Senior at Thomas Worthington High School
Nominated by: Janet Warton
Teacher of winning classroom: Eric Doolittle
Julia completed her Girl Scout Gold Award where she collected and distributed over 7,500 books to Campton, Kentucky, a community in Appalachia. The goal of her project was to increase literacy by providing books to a community where discretionary income precludes book purchases. She worked with Columbus area community organizations to collect the books which she sorted by grade level, topic and genre. She then delivered the books to the community where they were used to: provide holiday presents to children, provide very low-cost merchandise to a thrift store which provided jobs to three community residents, and enhanced the local library and Wolfe County School District with classroom sets of reading and reference materials. Along with providing books she also created a Read Around Town program where students would visit community business – understand career options and gain a better sense of the community. The project has continued as additional books were donated throughout the summer. Julia helped to distribute those books to local schools this fall.
While working on her Gold Project and into this year she also participated actively in the Thomas Worthington High School Band, Orchestra, Pit Orchestra and Marching Band providing entertainment to the community. She is a member of the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra and supported the Symphony in a Young Musician's Showcase. She has performed for the past two years in a Children Helping Children showcase concert program where funds raised through the concerts provide clothing and blankets to children in orphanages in Russia.
Junior at Eastmoor Academy
Nominated by: Bruce Green
Teacher of winning classroom: Troy Weis
Courteney Avon does it all! She will have a 4 or 5 page resume full of academic awards, community service activities, enrichment programs, theatre production, sports, and more. Courteney is the leader of the award-winning Impact Team. Last year the group completed over 50 community service projects with the main project being Faith Mission. Courteney was/is a regular at our monthly Faith Mission visits where we cook, feed, and dine with the residents. She went on a mission trip to West Virginia last spring with our group when she could fit it around her theatre schedule. She has had prime roles in The Wiz and West Side Story. Courteney was a key player at Camp EA where she and 110 others created a homeless camp on the tennis courts and spent the night outdoors. Courteney's giving spirit sets her apart from others.
Senior at Columbus Downtown
Nominated by: Shawn Mackey-Tucker
Teacher of winning classroom: Jim Pfeifer
My student has taken the initiative to start and manage a peer mediation/mentoring group at his school with another student. He helped organize, recruit and even enlisted the help of people throughout the city to help him in his cause of reducing student hostility. He is also a great help at home. When he interned over the summer he always gave me a portion of his check so that I may provide meals for some nights. Charles is a great son and an even greater person.
Senior at Big Walnut High School
Nominated by: Georgia Craig
Teacher of winning classroom: Georgia Craig
Lindsey has been instrumental in many leadership positions in the Big Walnut School Community. She is an active member of Student Council, president of her senior class, president of Leo Club (a local service organization) and president of the German Club. Through these organizations, she has participated and led many activities which focus on serving our community: food drives for our local pantry, sponsoring families in need during the holidays, mentoring incoming freshmen, working door-to-door for our school levy and raising money for Relay for Life - this is just to name a few. She has also independently raised over $2,000 for the ALS Foundation. Lindsey also excels academically. She placed fourth in a state wide Science Olympiad. She participated in an exchange program this past summer. She lived in Germany for a month with a host family to experience the language and culture.
It is hard to find a student who has excelled in so many different areas as Lindsey: leadership, service and learning.
Senior at Westerville North
Nominated by: Angel Buckley
Teacher of winning classroom: Mr Johnston
My daughter works extremely hard and has a soft spot for animal rescue. She is an honors and AP student, has been involved in varsity sports and works full time. This year she took the money she saved for her prom dress and rescued two nursing mare foals instead of attending prom. She put the needs of those baby horses before her own. She would get up every morning to feed them formula before school and return in the evening to do it again. She works to be able to provide them with everything they need. It is her goal to attend Findlay and study in the equestrian program. She wants to continue to rescue horses and combine that with therapy for kids in need. She has a big heart and not many kids would give up prom to save the lives of horses. In today's world where kids are looking for the next ipod or iphone it is refreshing when one gives up so much to save a life.
Sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne
Nominated by: Kevin Payne
Teacher of winning classroom: Larry Griffin
Sheila is worthy of this award. She is only in 10th grade and already has helped so many people. She has a big heart and at a young age rescued a baby who was falling out of a stroller into the road. Through Sheila's quick action the baby was safe. I was there when that happened and was really proud.
She is in One Leg At A Time, the anti-bullying program at her high school. She went all over to get donations of items for the silent auction. These items enabled the anti-bullying program to be shared in several local schools. Sheila went to share at these area schools and was a group leader. She is currently redesigning the One Leg at A Time Web Site and is already planning on getting more items for the auction this year. She is dedicated to this group and what they stand for.
She designed a free lunch event for WWII veterans on Memorial Day. She got donations of food, door prizes and a USO style show. She did table decorations and more. The veterans who attended were very grateful and inspired. One of their thank you notes brought tears to our eyes. Sheila was inspired to do that because her Grandfather (Papa) is a WWII veteran who she admires more than anyone.
Sheila is also a Girl Scout, a Marching Band Member, a Choir Member, a member of "Driven", a Vacation Bible School Volunteer, and a good person.
She hopes to win because she really wants to honor her choir teacher, Mr. Griffin. He is retiring this year. She feels he really pushes them to be the best they can be. She is going on a trip with choir to Branson to perform. Although sadly, Mr. Griffin lost his wife to cancer earlier this year he remains devoted to making music a part of all of the high school students life. Sheila said if she wins she wants to dedicate this win to the memory of Jane Griffin, Mr. Griffins wife and Sheila's first music teacher in elementary school. Sheila said, "she encouraged me to sing and her smile and friendly spirit reminded me that I as one person can make a difference." And make a difference she does, each day.
Senior at St. Charles Preparatory
Nominated by: Lisa McCorkle
Teacher of winning classroom: Mrs. Cobler
Eric has spent many hours in service to help others with both health challenges and socioeconomic needs. In 2011 Eric volunteered at both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital volunteering a total of 50 hours. In 2012 Eric returned to Nationwide Children's Hospital and also began volunteering at Dublin Methodist Hospital serving over 50 hours. Volunteer efforts included escorting patients and families to outpatient invasive and noninvasive testing departments, disinfecting and maintaining physical therapy equipment, cleaning and stocking food in the nutrition department and clerical and filing assistance.
In the summer of 2012, Eric volunteered as a camp counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp. Working one-on-one 24-7 for one week with a young muscular dystrophy camper, Eric provided personal care, close supervision and individual attention to mobility needs.
Eric founded and organized a Habitat for Humanity, "Spare a House of Habitat" bowling fundraiser in 2010, and repeated in 2011, and 2012. He recruited business sponsors and donors, and recruited participants raising a total of over $4,000. Eric has also offered service at the Dublin Food Pantry over the last three years sorting weekly food orders and organizing and packing over 10,000 pounds of donated canned food from the Dublin Irish Festival.
Eric serves his spiritual faith by being an alter server and Eucharistic minister at Catholic mass."
Senior at Pickerington North High School
Nominated by: Kellie Sisco
Teacher of winning classroom: Mr. Forest
When Donald heard that the Canal Winchester Food Pantry was moving from his church to a warehouse down the street, because the needs had outgrown the space, he decided he wanted to help. This past year he worked hard from planning stages to implementation as the food pantry physically moved with only a small amount of old un-sturdy shelves. Donald made this his focus for the year and his Eagle Scout project by raising $1,300 for 10 new large heavy duty shelves and then organizing and leading a work day getting volunteers from the scouts, church and high school. He clearly exhibited leadership on this day as he directed volunteers to tear down and move old shelves, assemble the new ones and restock the shelves in the end. Leadership for an Eagle project goes beyond the actual work days though. He had to carefully construct a plan, researching the needs and costs. He had to create a budget and timeline, meet with community members and present his proposal to the troop council. There were times that the time line got derailed when the food pantry's move to a new location was delayed, but Donald made adjustments and kept going. He completed the project with the organization of a food drive at Pickerington North High School. The students collected over 1,000 canned goods to help fill the new shelves at the food pantry. Every step of the way he has demonstrated maturity, organization, responsibility, respect, grace and leadership.
Senior at Buckeye Valley High School
Nominated by: Beckie Fields
Teacher of winning classroom: J. Gregory
Abbey Fields was a victim of bullying and harassment in elementary school. Even after we moved into a new school district she struggled with self-confidence and acceptance. It wasn't until her freshman summer that she decided that she wanted to make a difference and take a stand against bullying. Abbey created a program called T.G.I.F (Thank Goodness I'm Female). A teen-led and developed approach, the T.G.I.F. Initiative changes attitudes and behaviors that support or justify relational aggression amongst girls. Emphasizing the development of healthy female friendships and peer relationships through open dialogue, skill building and youth mentoring, girls continue to positively influence their community with art exhibitions, a social forming campaign and social networking
Project goals include: lessen relational aggression and make it visible to adults; help girls develop healthier relationships with themselves and others; empower girls to teach other girls core messages; and teach girls to stand up for themselves and each other
This program began at Buckeye Valley Middle and Genoa Middle school and targeted sixth grade girls. It is now in 4 additional schools and seventh grade girls are now part of GAL (girl action league) that continues to educate the community while developing leadership skills. Established on the foundation of open dialogue, skill building, and youth mentoring TGIF has expanded throughout Delaware County – gaining regional, state and national attention along the way. Abbey has not only taken a very negative experience and turned it into something positive but has also grown as an individual.
Senior at Hilliard Davidson
Nominated by: Sheryl Hardin
Teacher of winning classroom: Miss Joy Taylor
Kylie had always had a desire to help others. She has worked with our family to mentor a sister and brother for the past ten years. She is the coordinator for the volunteers on a Miracle League softball team for children with special needs. She was my right-hand helper last year when I started the Dublin Free Summer Lunch Program. She volunteers weekly at The Children's Hospital Close to Home Center with the therapists. Kylie also volunteers each year at the Special Needs Prom sponsored by her high school. She has also volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years. Kylie currently has over a 3.5 grade point average and is planning on attending either Ohio State University or the University of Cincinnati to major in pre-occupational therapy. It is her goal to be an occupational therapist working with special needs children. Kylie is very deserving of recognition for the countless hours she dedicates to helping others.