The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its April 2023 Students of the Month during its lunch meeting April 13 at the Villa Milano Banquet Hall & Conference Center.
Throughout the school year, from October through May, the Club honors four students from local high schools each month. Working with the school principals and counselors, one student each month is chosen from Westerville Central, Westerville North, Westerville South and St. Francis DeSales high schools. The students, their parents, and the school administrators are introduced and honored at a Rotary Club luncheon each month.
April 2023 honoree profiles
Westerville North: Kayla “Mac” Smith’s favorite subjects are art and math. The senior is involved in a project through boundless with the CEO to create therapy for LGBTQIA teens with special needs as well as a project with OSU that advocates for people with special needs with psychological disorders. “When everyone looks in at their reflection don’t just look on or think you are limited to something know you are unlimited to everything.”
Westerville South: Mollie Kinkead’s favorite subjects are band and physics. The senior is involved in the jazz and symphonic band as well as the marching band, where she has been a section leader for the past three years. I am a member of the theatre troupe, where she has directed, acted, performed in the pit orchestra and participated in props design. She is president of the STEAM Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of WSHS’ In The Know team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Outside of school, she is involved in her church and its youth group. During the summer, she volunteers at the Ohio Craft Museum’s Day Camp. She enjoys volunteering with one of her favorite volunteer experiences involved helping local elementary students at energy fairs, walking them through snap circuits and showing the fun side of science. Among her awards and recognitions: Kiwanis Club of Westerville’s Academic Varsity Award, Cats With Class award, four years of perfect attendance and an honors diploma. She plans to attend Ohio Northern University to study civil engineering. “I would like to thank the Rotary for this award.”
St. Francis DeSales: Elizabeth “Ellie” Reash’s favorite subjects are English and social studies. The senior is a member of the cross country and track teams, Evangelization Team, Run the Race club, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society Chapter. She has served as captain of the senior class for the canned food drive run by the National Honor Society. As a member of the Evangelization Team, she has organized retreats and led the school’s senior Kairos retreat. Outside of school, she is involved in the youth group at St. Paul and volunteers with a group called Mommies Matter. She has been on the school’s honor roll since freshman year and was nominated for the Be Who You Are and Be That Well campaign at DeSales. She was awarded the Bob Lennon Award at the end of the cross country season for perseverance, team-first attitude and leadership. She is undecided on college but plans to study middle childhood education.
CAPTION: The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its April 2023 Students of the Month at its weekly luncheon Thursday, April 13, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center. From left are Dave Read, chairman of the club’s Youth Programs Committee, Kayla “Mac” Smith of Westerville North, Elizabeth “Ellie” Reash of DeSales, Mollie Kinkead of Westerville South, Tatum Hubble of Westerville Centran, Students of the Month Chairwoman Carol Faulkner, and 2022-23 Rotary Club of Westerville President Jim Meacham.
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