Atlas Butler Awards December winners

Saturday January 19, 2013 7:50 PM

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.

 

Jillian Battiste
Junior at Eastmoor Academy
Nominated by: Bruce Green
Teacher of Winning Classroom: Seth Harms

Jillian Battiste is truly hooked on community service and is the ultimate ambassador for the youth of today. Over the past 12 months Jillian has helped with over 20 different community service projects and she leaves a lasting impression with the less fortunate with her bubbly personality and smile. Some of her projects have been Camp EA 4, Salvation Army Bell Ringers (Jill’s picture was featured on www.salvationarmycolumbus.org), Faith Mission (several times), Mission Trip, Poverty Simulations, 104.9 Phon-a-thon, ToyBox Project, Miracle on Long Street and several more.

Jillian received the Inspirational Youth Award and received a letter from President Obama. The Bexley/Whitehall Rotary and the Columbus Rotary have recognized Jillian for her extensive community service efforts.
She is able to do all these wonderful things and still starred in the theatre production of For Colored Girls. Jillian will be the Student Director for the spring production of Colored Purple.

Jillian's giving spirit is contagious!"

 

Hannah Wolansky
Senior at Hilliard Davidson High School
Nominated by: Ruth Anne Wolansky
Teacher of winning classroom: Dan Owens

Hannah has been a caring, involved member of the community from her earliest days. An experienced and versatile volunteer at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, her involvement began as a potato scrubber at age 7 and extends to today as a substitute catechist.

Through the years, she has also organized Valentine Care Packages for homebound parishioners and assisted in organizing the annual Advent Cookie Bake that has donated nearly 10,000 homemade cookies to charity.

At Hilliard Davidson High School, where she maintains a 4.18 GPA, she has clocked many hours as a Spanish tutor and also enjoys volunteering at the Special Needs Prom and many other events. Hannah helps others without thought of recognition, quietly working to better our community.

 

Keagan Lipak
Junior at DeSales High School
Nominated by: Linda Crandall
Teacher of winning classroom: Molly Barrett

Ian Lawson
Junior at DeSales High School
Nominated by: Linda Crandall
Teacher of winning classroom: Steve Ulry

This past summer Keagan was talking with his fellow classmate and student council leader, Ian Lawson, about the fact that both of them have family that has been impacted by breast cancer. Keagan’s mom and Ian’s mom and grandma have both recently been affected so they wanted to do something to help. They spoke to the principal, and due to the fact that he too has family impacted by breast cancer, he gave the boys his full support.

They wanted to raise money and awareness during the month of October. The planned a “pink out” during the school day and football game vs. Cincinnati LaSalle. Every participant was given a pink wristband that states “Stallions United”.

This was the schools theme for the school year and they thought that this fit in with the idea that our students are united in everything that they do. They were able to raise over $1,200 for the Stephanie Spielman Fund.

They plan on continuing this awareness campaign next year by expanding and making it even bigger, with the hopes that it will become a tradition of the school after they graduate.

 

Tyler Moon
Junior at DeSales High School
Nominated by: Danielle Polemeni
Teacher of winning classroom: Antonella Iacobone

I have known Tyler for two years, and he is an exceptional young man. He was first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was 9 years old, and instead of becoming a victim to his illness, he has become an advocate. He is an ambassador with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and he is a member of the Central Ohio Chapter Committee. As an ambassador, he speaks to groups large and small to educate patients and the public about the disease.

He was invited to speak to Congress on behalf of the Foundation in 2011 and 2012 to raise awareness of this growing health concern and to help raise funds for more research. In 2011, he led a campaign at DeSales High School. He organized an assembly and spoke to the entire school community.

Through the sale of wristbands, he was able to raise over $2,500 for the cause, and the community showed their unified support at one of our athletic events. Despite his illness, he excels in school and inspires his peers. Tyler Moon is the model of service, and he finely represents our tenets of faith, family, and tradition.

 

Cara Shaver
Senior at DeSales High School
Nominated by: Andrea Pore
Teacher of winning classroom: Donna Kuhn

Senior Cara Shaver was “once that child who had needs.” Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Cara lived in the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage located in Zone 1, the most dangerous part of the city. She lived at the orphanage for three years before joining her family in Ohio. In 2007, Cara went back to “where her life began” on her first mission trip to Guatemala City. Her mission work included helping in the nursery, teaching in the school, feeding the babies and playing with the older children at the orphanage. “These are happy children who need to be loved,” Cara stated.

As she continues to go back to the orphanage, Cara tries to come up with project ideas that directly benefit the children and their needs. During a trip in 2009, one of the nuns at the orphanage told her that their funds were low due to the hardships that heavy rains, mudslides and volcanic ash had caused. Cara was inspired to start the Beads of Hope project. She creates rosaries, bookmarks and bracelets, with all profits from sales going to the children at Hogar Rafael.

Cara continues to fundraise to help the orphanage, which is currently building a new school in a safer area of Guatemala. She also volunteers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the occupational therapy department so that she can learn skills that she can use when she goes on mission trips.

 

Nina Hoyt
Senior at Thomas Worthington
Nominated by: Judi Galasso
Teacher of winning classroom: Judi Galasso

Nina has been instrumental in creating our Welcome Home Project. This project helps families coming out of area homeless shelters and furnishes houses and apartments for them. All of the furniture is gently used, but refinished or repainted by the students. We are currently working with our third family.

 

Michaela Simpkins
Senior at Thomas Worthington
Nominated by: Lori Povisil
Teacher of winning classroom: Judi Galasso

Michaela is a member of our anti-bullying group, One Leg at a Time. She is a leader among her peers encouraging them to stand up for others and to lead by example. Michaela challenges her group to make a difference in the lives of others! High school has not always been easy for Michaela, as she has been the victim of classmates’ taunts and ridicule. Michaela actually transferred to Thomas Worthington because the bullying at her old school became too difficult to handle.

When Michaela joined our group last year, she slowly began to find her voice and learned how to stand up for herself. When our group goes to other schools to do presentations, Michaela shares her story of being bullied with the audience. Through a poem she wrote, she explains it was easy to come to the defense of others when they were being bullied, but she could not find the words or way to defend herself from the bullies.

After joining One Leg at a Time, she has found her voice and wants everyone to find theirs by standing and being heard. In the hallways and classroom, you can see Michaela smiling and reaching out to others. She is there for her peers who need support and understanding. She makes a difference in the lives of others, and leads by example. Michaela is an amazing person!

 

Donnie Tong
Senior at Tree of Life
Nominated by: Karen Tong
Teacher of winning classroom: Trevor Tolley

Donnie is a senior at Tree of Life Christian School. He is a self-motivated and driven young man. He has worked extremely hard to maintain a high grade point average while being a three-sport athlete for his school.

Donnie strives to be a positive role model for younger students. During summers for the last three years he has spent time volunteering for youth sports camps for his school. He has volunteered his time teaching younger students life-skills through his love for the sports of baseball, soccer, and basketball.

Additionally, Donnie has spent time volunteering in various activities for his church including spending time with residents at a local nursing home where he enjoys talking to the residents and learning what their life stories have to teach him.
Most recently, Donnie's senior class visited Arizona for their senior trip. I expected him to be excited about visiting the Grand Canyon and was surprised when the most impacting

memory he had from the trip was of volunteering at a Drug Rehabilitation center called the Dream Center. He was very touched by working with the children there whose lives have been affected by their parents drug use.

Donnie has plans to attend college for engineering, hopefully compete in collegiate athletics, and continue to participate in community service.

 

Kelly McGee
Senior at Fisher Catholic H.S
Nominated by: Tiffany Wade
Teacher of winning classroom: Virginia Read

Kelly McGee is a wonderful young lady and study leader. She maintains a 3.84 GPA while being involved in many activities. I am nominating Kelly for her wonderful work she did with our local Red Cross to organize a Veterans Day Blood Drive.

Kelly did all of the planning, advertising, and sign ups. Due to all of her hard work Fisher Catholic exceeded its goal to collect 38 pints. We collected 44. Without all of the work Kelly did, our Blood Drive would not have been the success it turned out to be!

 

 

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