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 Dublin Scioto High School
Nominated by: Sasikala Sellathurai
Teacher of winning classroom:Teresa Henderly
Rathisha Pathmathasan defines herself with her service. From being involved inside and outside the classroom, she strives to touch many lives. Rathisha has always wanted to volunteer at a hospital. She got her chance August of 2010 and she has never looked back. Rathisha has been candy striping at Riverside Methodist Hospital for the past two years.
She has discharged hundreds of patients, collected IV pumps from the nurses, pushed the renowned cookie cart throughout the hospital, and administrated the Emergency Information desk. Rathisha continues to serve people at the hospital to this day.
Rathisha continues to touch lives at Dublin Scioto. She is the Co-President of Teen Institute, the Co-Secretary of Cabinet, and the Historian of National Honors Society. In all of these activities, Rathisha demonstrates a passion to serve the students.
Rathisha has been involved in Teen Institute for her whole high school career and pledges to spread the message of living a drug-free life. Rathisha helps set up the annual Teen Institute Retreat with her leadership and desire to serve others. Rathisha has been involved in Cabinet for three years and helps with fundraisers, setting up school events such as Prom and senior baccalaureate, and spreading the Irish pride. In National Honors Society, Rathisha impacts lives with her leadership and fundraising. Rathisha has left her mark at Dublin Scioto.
Rathisha Pathmathasan is the epitome of service. She always brightens up the room with her positivity. She will continue to impact lives in college and beyond.
Senior at Dublin Scioto High School
Nominated by: Matt Pittman
Teacher of winning classroom: Christian Kalix
Jessica drove to Thornapple Apartments three times a week to organize and lead a free kids camp for children of all ages. She informed all families at a community meeting of the services she would be providing for the summer after the apartment board approved her idea. The camp took place at the playground in the middle of the complex. The following is an essay by my nominee, Jessica, describing her experiences:
An underweight nine-year old girl taking care of her baby brother, a child without proper shoes; these are two of the many kids I meet in the poorest area of Westerville, Ohio.
I am sixteen. Stripped of my friends, my home, my comfort, I am planted into a world opposite from mine. I lug the few hula-hoops, jump ropes, sports balls, and chalk I manage to scrape from my house and hope that every child knows they are welcome. Each day brings a new face and local churches and the YMCA commit to providing water bottles and afternoon snacks. We play tag games, make bracelets, color, read books, play any sport imaginable, organize special contests, and do anything to keep the kids occupied. Mostly, I listen.
I am seventeen realizing the impact each child had on me is far greater than anything I gave them. Each smile gave me hope for a brighter future. Each laugh gave me life and purpose. Each child gave me reason to be a better person, to grow, and to be grateful.
Senior at Metro Early College High School
Nominated by: Kim Dascenzo
Teacher of winning classroom: Cory Neugebauer
In my 11th grade year, I was fortunate enough to be a liaison and help co-lead the MetroThon dance to raise awareness of the families of, and the individuals suffering with pediatric cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The MetroThon has been hosted at Metro since I was a freshman but last year, the school decided to take two people from each of the advisories to help create the dance for that year. The school picked individuals that would be good at creating a positive energy to unite the student body and see the importance of the fundraiser and they found that I would best fit the part.
All of the proceeds go to Nationwide Hospital in attempt to ‘stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves’. At the MetroThon, we had two amazing young men, 16-year-old Garrett Stout and 10-year-old Nick Sawchuk, and their families share their touching testimonies of having been recovered from very recent brain surgeries.
Near the end of the night, the final amount raised for the night was revealed. As the white boards were taken away to leave the amount of $23,342 on the board, there was an explosion of joy. Looking at Garrett and Nick’s faces light up as hundreds of my fellow classmates jumped around in excitement brought me so much delight to know that I helped bring this night together. That was a night to remember for everyone involved, and I am blessed to say I was a part of it.
Senior at Delaware Area Career Center
Nominated by: Pamela Clegg
Teacher of winning classroom: Josh Gallgan
During her junior and senior year at the Delaware Area Career Center, Hannah has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is presently a student blogger, a student ambassador, a member of the DACC student cabinet, and she is president of the DACC Business Professionals of America (BPA).
As student ambassador, Hannah has spent time visiting the Westerville City High Schools to promote the career center. She has also promoted DACC at various block parties and at the Delaware County Fair.
She works at Chiller Easton as a figure skating coach assistant on Saturday mornings.
Hannah also volunteers for her neighborhood by delivering newsletters, taking pictures at the social events, and serving at the annual Silver dinner. Her photography was published in the recent edition of the neighborhood newsletter, "The Herald".
She entered two photographs in the Westerville Music & Arts Festival this summer and won second and third place. She also won first place in the BPA regional competition her junior year for graphic design.
Hannah expects to graduate with honors from Westerville Central High School this May. She has been accepted to and is enrolled at the School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio.
Senior at Bexley High School
Nominated by: Victoria Getis
Teacher of winning classroom: Dr. Scott King-Owen
Hannah has been volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital from the first moment she was able to, in her 9th grade year. Every Saturday, she spends three hours caring for the siblings of children who are hospitalized.
For her dedication and constancy (she has over 400 hours of service), she has been recognized with a Presidential Volunteer Award. She maintains a high GPA in school, is in many AP classes, and is a leader at her school, but she values her Saturdays at the Children's Clubhouse most of all.
Junior at Pickerington High School Central
Nominated by: Susan Turley
Techer of winning classroom: Susan Turley
Shayna helped found The Butterfly Project last year as a sophomore. She worked with staff, students, and community members to hold a 90-minute seminar for the female students at each grade level focused on self-esteem and healthy choices. This year, she repeated the program for the incoming freshman girls.
Junior at Mifflin High School
Nominated by: Larry Farley
Teacher of winning classroom: Ms Turner-Simmons
When Michael was younger he spent three months in the burn unit after being injured in an electrical fire that killed his father and two sisters. He does not remember much except for the red wagons that he use to play with at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Last year when he applied to National Honor Society he had an idea for his application that he wanted to buy wagons. He stated that he would like to raise money to show love to patients/families ... to show love and appreciation for the doctors/nurses saving lives. The society took his idea and has made it a fundraiser. He has spearheaded this and they have raised almost $800 to date (each wagon is $100). This is his way of giving back to Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Senior at Johnstown Monroe High School
Nominated by: Sara Peterman
Teacher of winning classroom: Stephanie Stuckey
Jessica Turner is an amazing volunteer in the Johnstown community. Year after year she has volunteered countless hours with Johnstown's Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
She is part of The Pink Crusaders Relay team, and as the team captain, I can speak first hand of how many activities she has volunteered her time for to raise money. The time she has given is invaluable to our team.
Not only does she raise money to help find a cure, she serves the cancer survivors every year at Johnstown Relay for Life. I could go on and on about the many good things that Jessica has done. She is a fantastic keyboard player on our church worship team and her heart to serve Christ and her church is inspiring. She is a YES person! If someone is in need, Jessica is always there to help. Athlete, Volunteer, Worshipper, Server, Student, Babysitter, Missionary, the list goes on! Please consider this wonderful young lady for your scholarship!
Juinor at Olentangy Orange High School
Nominated by: Stephanie Archer
Teacher of winning classroom: Joanna Burcham
During the Month of December, Denny coordinated a fundraising and donation campaign at our high school that resulted in our student council being able to donate 97 adult-sized coats to Delaware County People in Need for their Holiday Clearing House. Winter coats were provided to 97 teens-in-need. The effort raised $1,300 to buy coats besides many direct donations of new coats.
As the Chairperson of the committee, Denny coordinated the efforts of two different organizations at the High School, he wrote and filmed a commercial that ran on the school news to advertise the coat drive (it was a take-off of an old silent movie with music, actors, costumes, etc.), and he coordinated a contest between all the homebases in the school (student council provided a pancake breakfast to the homebase that donated the most coats).
Denny's single-minded dedication to the effort was the single biggest factor of the success of the drive.
Senior at Dublin Scioto High School
Nominated by: Julie Blevins
Teacher of winning classroom: Gardner Watkins
Brenda is an exemplary student and model leader. As a committee chair of the Senate spirit committee, Brenda consistently demonstrates dedication to communicating and facilitating action toward solving school issues. She works diligently to foster the development of strong relationships between the students, teachers and administration at Dublin Scioto, by initiating and carrying out many school events to encourage participation in the school community.
Her most recent event included a unified celebration at the school to celebrate and promote spirit, appreciation, and relationships. Brenda supervised a committee of 10 in developing the school assembly.
She was the driving force for the assembly, from the initiation of the idea, to gaining approval, to delegating responsibilities. She then led her committee in recruiting students and teachers to participate in the celebration, as well as organized a bake sale to benefit Ohio State Medical Center and cookie donation to the Dublin food pantry. Brenda is an extraordinary student worthy of this recognition.