The Rotary Club of Westerville’s March 2023 Students of the Month were honored during the club luncheon March 2 at the Villa Milano.
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.
March 2023 honoree profiles
Westerville Central: Jacob Harris’ favorite subjects are Zoology and art. He is a member of WCHS’ Glimpse group and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has played on the school’s football, basketball, volleyball and track teams. He was 1st team all conference and second team all district in football and second team all conference in basketball. He has been named a scholar athlete all four years of high school. He enjoys spending time and playing games with his family, being out in nature, painting and drawing. He plans to attend Bowling Green State University to study biology and play football.
Westerville North: Melania Szawranskyj’s favorite subjects are psychology and English. She is a member of the soccer and girls wrestling teams and serves on the Warrior Athlete Leadership Team. She was a district champion and competed for a state championship in wrestling and earned an honorable mention in soccer. She is interested in attending Sacred Heart University, Indiana Tech, Ohio University or Ohio State University.
Westerville South: Alexzandria Stewart’s favorite subject is history. The senior is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Black Student Union, debate club and Key club. She has served as an outreach golfing instructor and has participated in the Pathways to Progress program, a community-based placemaking effort organized by the Neighborhood Design Center. She works part-time and serves as a caddy at the Scioto Country Club. She is captain of the varsity bowling and golf teams and has received the MVP award in both sports. Her awards and recognitions include: merit roll, honor roll, Outstanding Choir student, 1st and 2nd Team All OCC Girls Central Ohio Bowling, 3rd Team All OCC Girls Central Ohio Golf, WSHS Bowling Player of the Year, 4.0+ GPA, Division B Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference Champion, 15th Annual Central District Preview Champion, Red & Blue Classic Team 2nd Place, Pioneer Tournament Runner-Up. She will be competing in the 2023 Benjamin Parker “Pops” Wilson Omega Talent Hunt and Scholarship Recognition Program. She plans to attend Alabama State University to study bio med.
St. Francis DeSales: Caroline Reither’s favorite subject is English. The senior is the St. Vincent DeSales Class President and is a member of Student Council, the school newspaper, yoga club and core ETeam. She is a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) ambassador, volunteers for the Special Olympics and has served as a counselor for the Stepping Stones summer camp. She also helped create costumes for the school musical and assisted with athletic training. She has received a letter in athletic training and has made the honor roll throughout high school. Her family was honored by JDRF as Family of the Year. She plan to attend Otterbein University to study early childhood education. “I really appreciate you choosing me for this month’s award.”
THANK YOU to the Westerville City School District for its ongoing participation and support for our Students of the Month Program. Read more at westerville.k12.oh.us.
CAPTION: From left, Rotary Club of Westerville Students of the Month Program Chairwoman Carol Faulkner, March 2023 Students of the Month Melania Szawranskyj of Westerville North, Alexzandria Stewart of Westerville South, Caroline Reither of St. Francis DeSales, and Jacob Harris of Westerville Central, and Rotary Club of Westerville President Jim Meacham.
PHOTO BY Charlie Boss/Westerville City School District
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