The Rotary Club of Westerville recognized its December 2020 Students of the Month during a virtual meeting Dec. 3. 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 the Rotary Club’s first weekly luncheon each month.
December 2020 honoree profiles
Westerville Central: Julia Chambers is a sophomore with a 4.6 GPA. Her favorite subjects are science and math. She is currently involved in Westerville Central’s Spanish and Key clubs. She is helping coordinate holiday decoration efforts for a nursing home. Outside of school, she volunteers for Red Cross on a monthly basis helping people donate blood. She has also been rowing for Westerville Crew for more than a year. Awards and honors she has received include: Westerville Central’s first-year Academic Award and the Red Cross Donor Ambassador Award for doing 44 hours of volunteer service this summer. She wants to study science and the medical field in college and is still trying to determine which college or university to attend. She said that although these are strange times, she still enjoys helping out the local community in any way she can. “I think volunteering for the community and helping those in need plays such an important role in the world. I have been so lucky with everyone in my life: family, friends, teachers, local community members, and especially Westerville Central’s amazing staff to help me achieve this, and I have all of them to thank!”
Westerville North: Muna Ali is a senior with a 4.582 GPA. Her favorite subjects are government and English. She is an attorney on the WNHS Mock Trial Team, president of Students for Good Government Club, a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board, a volunteer with the Somali Community Association of Ohio and a member of Global Scholars. Awards and honors she has received include: QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship Recipient, Westerville Girls State Delegate, 10th Place at Empire Atlanta International Mock Trial Competition, Honor Roll (since freshman year), Ohio Mock Trial Districts “Best Attorney” Award Winner. She will be attending Columbia University with a full-ride QuestBridge match scholarship and will study political science.
Westerville South: Marley Jackson is a senior with a 4.7 GPA. Her favorite subject is art. She is involved in cross country, track, National Honors Society and CAS project. She has received multiple honors and awards including art awards, academic letter and athletic letter. She plans to study marketing at Ohio State University. She is thankful to the IB program where she has had the opportunity to participate in countless hours of service work and projects to better my community.
St. Francis DeSales: Mia Slanoc is a senior with a 4.35 GPA. Her favorite subjects are English and history. She is involved in multiple organizations in school and through church. Her school activities include president of the Corral For The Kids organization, vice president of the Class of 2021, Student Council Vice President, student ambassador, E-Team member, Kairos leader and president of the National Honors Society. She has also participated in school productions and serves as the secretary of the drama club. In church, she is a member of the peer ministry leadership team (Quo Vadis), crew leader for Vacation Bible School, percussionist for the adult choir and a Parish Pastoral Council youth representative. She also volunteers for her church’s summer service trips, summer middle school camp and fish fries during Lent. Awards and honors she has received include: St. Francis Desales Scholarship; Faculty Scholarship and Math & Science Faith, Family, & Tradition Scholarship. She plans to major in nursing, possibly moving onto medical school after earning her BSN. She is interested in attending Villanova, Case Western and Ohio State University. She said she is honored for this opportunity and is so thankful for her school.
Photo caption-From left, the Rotary Club of Westerville’s December 2020 Students of the Month: Westerville Central’s Julia Chambers, Westerville South’s Marley Jackson, Westerville North’s Muna Ali and St. Francis DeSales’ Mia Slanoc.
THANK YOU to the Westerville City School District for its ongoing participation and support for our Students of the Month Program. Read more about the district at westerville.k12.oh.us.