2020-2021 Students of the Month

Last Updated: 4/8/2021 1:54 PM

For many years, Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School has celebrated the hard work and achievements of students by selecting an elite few monthly to be honored as "Students of the Month." From October through May, at least three students (one each from the 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 grade clusters) are selected as determined by the following criteria:

  • Citizenship: A student who exhibited or continues to exhibit dedication, unselfishness, and commitment to a class, the institution itself, and/or the people within our school.
  • Community Service: A student who unselfishly accomplished or performed an act or series of acts which, as a result, greatly benefited another person or Ottawa Hills Local Schools as a whole.
  • Extracurricular: A student who through a superior effort or outstanding ability, has performed or continues to perform in an extracurricular activity in such a way as to bring positive attention to themselves and the Junior/Senior High School.
  • Leadership: A student who exhibited or continues to display the ability to motivate others towards the betterment of themselves and of the Junior/Senior High School.
  • Scholarship: A student who has performed consistently at a level of academic achievement that is exemplary either in an individual class or at the Junior/Senior High School as a whole.

The nominations are made by faculty and staff at the building. The "Students of the Month" are selected by a committee of faculty and administration. The honorees are recognized by the Board of Education at one of its meetings and receive a special certificate from the Board president. Additionally, students are featured on the Junior/Senior High School's digital sign; in a special showcase in the building's main hallway; in the district's weekly e-newsletter; and in the Village Life & Home monthly publication.

April

Kaiden McLennanKaiden McLennan

8th grade

Parents: Nicole McLennan (Kyle McLennan) & Zachary Hubbell

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Kaiden’s activities and hobbies include soccer, basketball, robotics, Science Olympiad, Art Club, and drawing. In the future, Kaiden’s dream is to become a paleontologist. His best experience so far at Ottawa Hills has been the Science Olympiad competition last year..

Faculty nominator: Patty Dowd

"Kaiden has one of the most positive attitudes I have ever seen. He is unapologetically passionate about the things that interest him and is always willing to share his knowledge. He is kind to everyone. In robotics, he is a quiet leader. He has a great, positive attitude, no matter how stressful the situation, and he just puts his head down and gets to work. He has put in time to learn additional skills that other team members have not” 

Gabrielle SuhyGabrielle Suhy

10th grade

Parents: Andy and Keri Suhy

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Gigi’s activities include Student Council, Dance Team, cheer, OHbreathe, Challenge Crew, Environmental Club, and MAKWA. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, walking her dog, and cleaning her room. The people that have most influenced Gigi’s life since being at Ottawa Hills are her dance coach, Taylor Busch, and teachers Jessica Kozy and Daniel Feuerstein. Gigi explains that all three staff members have continuously encouraged her to reach her potential. Her best experience in high school so far has been her acceptance into the National Youth Leadership Forum, which gave her the opportunity to attend the University of North Carolina and participate in a medial program. In the future, Gigi hopes to continue in dance at the collegiate level while studying medicine. 

Faculty nominator: Daniel Feuerstein

"Gigi has helped me with MAKWA for the past two years and is consistently a strong presence to help my Junior High students. She shows her empathy and care in dealing with the issues of Junior High students, while being an incredibly diligent student herself. She is kind to everyone she meets and works harder than anyone in the district, while maintaining her presence in Student Council, Dance Team, and obviously helping me with MAKWA. We are lucky to have Gigi in our district and I hope she can continue to grow as she continues her journey at OH.” 

William BeckerWilliam Becker

12th grade

Parents: Richard and Doris Becker

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: William is involved with the Robotics Club. In his free time, he enjoys video games, reading, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. William credits teacher Patty Dowd for helping him grow as a student as well as encouraging him to realize his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer at the University of Toledo. William’s favorite experience in high school was going to states with the Robotics Club.

Faculty nominator: Patty Dowd

"William is the only member of our Robotics Team who has been involved since our very first year. His experience has been invaluable as our team has grown. He is always willing to help any of our younger students who are struggling with their robot. Besides our team, William also participates on the Cat Attack robotics team. He is also incredibly involved in Boy Scouts. I don't know about all the wonderful things he's done, but William does a great job at being a leader and is always kind and helpful.” 

Conner McCrackenConner McCracken

12th grade

Parents: Judy McCracken

Activities, interests, and accomplishments:

Conner’s activities include cross country, theater, National Honor Society, and Model UN. In his free time, he enjoys training his dogs, running, coding, and reading. The person who has had the most influence on Conner was his cross-country coach, Stephanie Egan, who encouraged him to take running seriously. Conner says her encouragement also motivated him in his role as a leader and fueled his work ethic in the classroom. 

People would be surprised to know that Conner has applied the principles from his statistics class with teacher Tony Torio to establish a running training plan that helps him to avoid injury. Conner’s best memory from Ottawa Hills was his opportunity to be a counselor for 6th graders at Camp Storer. In the future, Conner plans to attend college and study statistics and science data.

Faculty nominator: Thomas McCarthy

"Conner has been a four-year participant in my Model UN Club. Over the years, he has shown consistent dedication, preparation, and enthusiasm for the club and its conferences. He also has exhibited strong leadership in working with the newer members and helping me organize meetings. He has been an important part of the club the last four years and more than deserves to be Student of the Month..” 

March

Abby PommeranzAbby Pommeranz

8th grade

Parents: Milt and Julie Pommeranz

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Abby’s activities include volleyball, softball, Makwa, and theater. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele, singing, horseback riding, drawing, reading, and aerial skills. Her favorite class is science with Mr. Genzman. In the future Abby plans to go to college and pursue a career in the medical field. Abby’s best memories from Ottawa Hills Junior High have been winning the TAAC championship in volleyball and being a part of the “Aladdin Jr.” production.

Faculty nominator: Sean Mercer

"Abby is very bright and has a strong work ethic. She is a leader in the classroom and has a pleasant personality. She is always respectful to her peers and to her teachers. She is definitely one of the best and brightest in the class of 2025. Abby is a wonderful young lady that always gives you her best. She has a wonderful attitude and wit, which is so refreshing.” 

Sophia ClausenSophia Clausen

9th grade

Parents: Kori Clausen

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Sophia has had a successful first year at Ottawa Hills on the soccer team and in the classroom. Moving here after living in California her whole life has brought many new experiences, including her first winter! The best experience so far has been playing on the varsity soccer team and meeting new friends. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her sisters. The person who has most influenced Sophia’s life is her mom. Sophia has greatly appreciated the support from her mom through their movie to Ohio and starting a new school.

Faculty nominator: Liz Puskala

"Sophia is a dedicated student in my biology class. She works extremely hard to understand the content and truly wants to learn the material (not just memorize it). She is caring, kind and considerate to her peers. She helps others when they are struggling with a topic. Sophia asks questions and strives to do her best.”

Alex NemunaitisAlex Nemunaitis

11th grade

Parents: John and Nadine Nemunaitis

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Alex has excelled in baseball and in his free time he enjoys thrift shopping for clothes. The people who have influenced and encouraged Alex the most are his parents, especially after his transition from Texas to Ottawa Hills. He acknowledges that his parents are right about almost everything. In the future, he hopes to play baseball in college and study to become a physician assistant. Anatomy is Alex’s favorite class (while it may gross other students out). Alex loves looking deeper into an organism and finding out how it works. His best experience so far at Ottawa Hills has been playing baseball on Rob Gnepper’s team and making lifelong friends.

Faculty nominator: Liz Puskala

“Alex has shown immense growth in maturity and dedication to his school work over the past few years. He moved into the honors track in science this year and is doing well in his class. He completes assignments on time, he is a leader in the classroom and demonstrates a motivation to perform well!”

Andy NemunaitisAndy Nemunaitis

11th grade

Parents: John and Nadine Nemunaitis

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Andy’s activities at Ottawa Hills include baseball and Choraliers. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, and playing more baseball. The people who have had the most influence on his life are his parents, he attributes his success and improvement in the classroom to both of them. Andy’s favorite class is anatomy because he enjoys the dissections.  In the future Andy would like play baseball in college.

Faculty nominator: Joshua Dufford

“Andy has been a prominent leader in choir this year. His focus during rehearsals and dedication to improving his abilities as a vocalist inspire those around him to continue work harder. During first semester, Andy's positive demeanor and work ethic in Concert Choir earned him a spot in Choraliers. This semester, Andy has committed himself to learning a solo for Solo & Ensemble adjudication. I am extremely proud of his contributions to the choral program at Ottawa Hills and look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a musician."

February

Joseph DavisJoseph Davis

7th grade

Parents: Mary Davis and Rob Davis

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Joe’s activities include football, basketball, lacrosse, and 7th Grade advisory. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing outside with friends, playing sports, and watching sports. The people that have influenced his life the most have been his coaches (Boadin, Neuendorf, Carter), as well as his Uncle Tim. In the future, Joe hopes to attend college and study finance. Joe’s favorite junior high experience so far has been getting to play sports with his friends. People would be surprised to know that Joe has two kittens, Luna and Parker. People would not be surprised to know that Joe is a huge Ohio State fan. Go Bucks!

Faculty nominator: Nicole Silvers

"Joe is a kind-hearted and hard-working young man. He has an inclusive personality which earns him both the respect of his peers and his teachers. Joe should be the student of the month because he is a wonderful example to his peers."

Elle HopkinsElle Hopkins

10th grade

Parents: Tom & Megan Hopkins

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Elle’s activities at Ottawa Hills include student counselor senator for the sophomore class, volleyball, lacrosse, and Choraliers. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and eating food. The people who have most influenced Elle’s life have been her parents because they have taught her the value of a strong work ethic. Elle’s best memory from high school so far has been her volleyball victory over rival Toledo Christian. In the future, Elle plans to attend college in the South to get away from Ohio weather.

Faculty nominator: Joshua Dufford

"Elle has risen above and beyond in choir this semester. Her focus in class, team spirit, and leadership by example have been exceptional. I appreciate Elle's hard work and positive energy, and believe her participation in choir is worthy of recognition"

 

Eliana DiesenEliana Diesen

11th grade

Parents: Kevin Diesen & Sandra Ruth

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Elly’s activities include basketball, soccer, and track. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and bullet journaling. The people who have had the most influence on Elly’s life so far have been her parents because of their encouragement and support. In the future, Elly plans to go to college and study engineering. People would be surprised to know that Elly has lived in five different states. Elly’s best experience so far at Ottawa Hills was her rock climbing Agora trip.

Faculty nominator: Mary Kate Hafemann

"Elly is an amazing student! She takes on a full load of Honors and AP classes and excels in all of them. Elly is a straight-A student and she is one of best as far as academics go. What makes me think Elly truly deserves this award is how incredibly kind and thoughtful she is every day in person. She is a person of integrity. She works hard, yet is willing to help others. Elly is that student that everyone in the class wants to work with. She understands the concepts so well, yet she never looks down on others who are struggling. I nominate Elly Diesen for Student of the Month because she is an awesome person of excellent character who gives of herself unselfishly each and every day"

Victor TavtigianVictor Tavtigian

12th grade

Parents: Rich & Elizabeth Tavtigian

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Victor’s activities include football and lacrosse. In his free time, Victor enjoys chess, music, cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends. The people who have influenced him the most throughout his time at Ottawa Hills have been his football teammates and coaches over the last eight years. His best experience off the field has been excelling in junior English with Mr. Broadway. In the future, Vic plans to attend college and study business and communications. 

Victor’s thoughts on Ottawa Hills are best summed up in his own words: “What makes Ottawa Hills stand out is the fact that every single teacher excels at connecting and working FOR their students, every single day. They are the backbone to the tradition of excellence.”

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

"Victor is a constant participant and fearless too. He goes into every English IV class with an open mind and a willingness to engage to the point that he forces his peers to participate as well. He recognizes the beauty of having awareness of multiple perspectives and listens so that he may understanding his own vie points that much better. He is a true asset to the class"

January

Samantha BrandstatterSamantha Brandstatter

8th grade

Parents: Brian & Tina Brandstatter

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Samantha’s activities include basketball, Makwa, 8th grade leadership, and softball. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and hanging out with friends. The people who have had the most influence on her life have been her older sisters. She is looking forward to following in their footsteps. In the future, Samantha would like to go to The Ohio State University and study engineering.

Faculty nominator: Cheri Palko

"Samantha is a leader in the classroom and within her 8th grade class community. Samantha shares her ideas in classroom discussions as well as her questions. When Samantha participates through meaningful discussion and questioning, her classmates learn from this level of engagement. Samantha also participates in leadership activities for the 8th grade class from brainstorming ideas to bringing the class together in the planning process and implementation. Samantha is a leader, a helper, and a positive role model for all!"

Danny AssiDanny Assi

10th grade

Parents: Zakaria & Susan Assi

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Danny’s activities include soccer and Quiz Bowl. In his free time, he enjoys making beats and playing soccer or basketball with friends. His favorite classes are English and pre-Calculus, and he specifically appreciates Mr. Kinkaid’s teaching style. Danny’s dream is to become a professional soccer player. In the future, he plans to go to college and study engineering.

Faculty nominator: Sam Abbott

"Danny has demonstrated leadership skills this semester beyond his years and experience. As I led the discussion in the classroom, I heard Danny in the AirPod in my ear facilitate a discussion with maturity and pedagogical knowledge beyond his years. He would move from student to student, making sure to engage every student who was also online, leaving them with a positive classroom experience as their voice was heard. These instances are just a snapshot into what I see out of Danny every day. In these moments, I see Danny as a selfless leader, focused on bettering the people around him. I can imagine that Danny exudes similar qualities as a heavily involved varsity athlete on campus as well."

Addison CarterAddison Carter

11th grade

Parents: Robert Carter & Lindsay Webb

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Addison was new to Ottawa Hills this year and quickly got involved with cross-country and track. Through multiple challenges during the season, Coach Tyler encouraged Addison and she had a great experience. In her free time, she enjoys running and coloring. In the future, Addison plans to go to college and study architectural design.

Faculty nominator: Hannah Lehmann

"As a new student during a very strange year, Addison has worked hard to take advantage of new opportunities. Her work always goes above and beyond what is expected in class. She recently participated in an area wide "Doodle Dash" sponsored by AIGA where she shared her creative knowledge and abilities with local design professionals and students from other school districts."

December

Jace NeuendorfJace Neuendorf

7th grade

Parents: Greg & Amanda Neuendorf

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Jace’s activities include football, basketball, and baseball. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, reading, and working out. His favorite book series is Hunger Games. Jace’s best experience at Ottawa Hills so far has been playing on the junior high football team and having his dad for a coach.

Faculty nominator: Hannah Lehmann

"Jace is not only a creative artist, but he is also a team player. He is always happy to help other classmates who may need him. He is very enjoyable to have in class."

Alayna SarverAlayna Sarver

10th grade

Parents: Katie Merx

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Alayna’s activities include Art Club, Diversity Club, and GSA. In his free time, she enjoys archery, painting, and writing. Her best experience so far at Ottawa Hills has been Agora 2018. Alayna’s favorite class is French because of the use of fun, entertaining tactics to learn the language. In the future, Alyana hopes to travel abroad.

Faculty nominator: Tony Torio

"Alayna has exhibited selflessness and commitment to our class as well as the school and community as a whole by helping me to remember to take temperatures of students and clean desks in the COVID-19 era. It is nice to have a cheerful and responsible student willing to help me keep everyone more safe and do it in a helpful and kind way. I enjoyed hearing about volleyball as well, and Alayna would keep me informed about the team's goings on even though I was unable to attend any games in person this year, a year they had unprecedented success. In class, she is very dedicated to excellence. Her input is always of top quality, her discussions are poignant and insightful, and her work is of high caliber. All this with a cheerful and kind demeanor during a time when people are stressed and overwhelmed. She brings positivity everywhere she goes, and we need more people like this in the world."

Hannah ShariffHannah Shariff

12th grade

Parents: Afser Shariff & Naheed Chinwalla

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Hannah’s activities at Ottawa Hills include Speech and Debate, Quiz Bowl, and The Arrowhead. In her free time, she enjoy reading and watching Netflix. Her favorite class so far has been The Arrowhead with Ms. Eisenbaum and her favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Hannah’s best experience at Ottawa Hills has been the trip to Washington, D.C. 

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

"Hannah is a crusader for justice. She has a great passion for learning and not just that which is prescribed to her in school. She often goes above and beyond and brings her knowledge to Arrowhead and AP Lit to spark conversation and critical thought. I appreciate her perspective on the world around her because it's based in experience rather than just opinion. Outside of enjoying her as a student, she also has a sharp wit that is incredibly engaging!"

November

Nina ClarkNina Clark

7th grade

Parents: Sara and Rick Clark

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Nina’s activities at Ottawa Hills Junior High include soccer, softball, basketball, theater, Student Council, and Junior Chorale. In her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, biking, and rollerblading.

Faculty nominator: Darcy Brown

“Nina is an incredibly well-rounded student. Nina is conscientious in doing her research when asked to be part of a committee. Nina also is kind and considerate to all of her teachers and peers. She has a strong work ethic and is able to manage all of her activities and also be supportive of others. Nina is involved in a bunch of activities, including MAKWA and Student Council. Caring is the best one word title for Nina. She is a leader for her classmates!”

Iman BadrIman Badr

9th grade

Parents: Abdelhalim and Amal Badr

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Iman’s activities include reading, drawing, and singing. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and her favorite class is history. Iman is most thankful for her parents who are always supportive and pushing her to succeed. Attending Ottawa Hills High School has been one of the best choices that her family has made and she is very grateful to be here.

Faculty nominator: Jennifer Nagy

“Iman demonstrates a strong curiosity and is not afraid to ask questions. She seeks a deep understanding of what she is learning and always maintains a positive attitude. She is a great role model. We are fortunate to have her as a student in our building.”

Shiraz HasanShiraz Hasan

12th grade

Parents: Shahzad and Aaliya Hasan

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Shiraz’s activities include Choraliers, Student Council, and theater. In his free time, he enjoys sleeping, hanging out with friends, singing, and listening to music. The people that have influenced his life the most during his time at Ottawa Hills have been his friends. His favorite class has been AP Language because although it was incredibly challenging, it forced him to improve and grow. Shiraz’s best experience at Ottawa Hills was his trip to New York with the Choraliers.

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Shiraz stepped into the role of a leader in English IV during our work on narrative writing. He gave up his free time to run SLAs on “Good writing” to help many of our seniors who are currently stressed out about the college application process. Students were able to identify the myriad ways he helped them improve their writing!”

Grant DavisGrant Davis

12th grade

Parents: Kirk and Stacy Davis

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Grant’s activities at Ottawa Hills include football, French Club, and band. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time outdoors, playing sports, and weightlifting. The teacher who has most influenced Grant has been Madame Hanlon who has taught him French for five years, emphasizing the importance of learning other cultures as well as the power of language. His best experiences in high school were the band trip to Toronto and the playoff run in football this year. In the future, Grant plans to go to college to play football and study medicine. 

Faculty nominator: Noreen Hanlon

“Grant is an incredibly driven student who excels on the football field, in the marching band, and in the classroom. This exemplary scholar athlete is consistently positive, kind, and hard-working. He leads by example, demonstrating integrity and respect at all times.” 

October

Olivia BridgesOlivia Bridges

8th grade

Parents: Jonathan & Angelita Cruz

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Olivia’s activities at Ottawa Hills include Junior Chorale, soccer, GSA, and theater. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele and working on special-effects makeup. The teacher who has most influenced her life at Ottawa Hills is Darrin Broadway through the Acting Out! program. Olivia’s best experience so far has been the production “Aladdin Jr.” In the future, she dreams of going to Brown University to study political science.

Faculty nominator: Cheri Palko

“What I love about having Olivia as a student in the classroom is her level of engagement and sharing of her thoughts and ideas. Olivia’s classmates learn from her thinking and through her process because she is open to sharing. I also enjoy her dedication to staying the course when she is faced with challenging material. Olivia’s passion adds energy to the classroom community.”

Ben BurkeBen Burke

9th grade

Parents: Lisa Burke and Hal Burke

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Ben’s activities at Ottawa Hills include football and basketball. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games. The teacher at Ottawa Hills who has the most influence on Ben’s life is Coach Greg Neuendorf. Winning the TAAC in football two years in a row has been his best experience so far. People would be surprised to know Ben did not get a perm; instead, he let his hair grow out during quarantine and it came in curly. In the future, Ben hopes to graduate from Ottawa Hills and attend The Ohio State University.

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Ben has been a real standout in “Public Speaking.” He takes research seriously, is comprehensive with his metacognition, and willingly participates in order to demonstrate decorum to his peers. He also made the transition from distanced learning to in person appear seamless. He is a model student leader!”

Petar IsailovicPetar Isailovic

12th grade

Parents: Dragan & Slavica Isailovic

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Petar’s activities at Ottawa Hills include The Arrowhead (student newspaper), Spanish Club, and Student Council. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer for the Heat, spending time with friends, flying drones, editing videos, and reading. In the future, Petar plans to go to college and study international business. Petar’s favorite class at Ottawa Hills has been The Arrowhead. That class has provided him with the opportunity to write freely, learn about different topics from classmates, and use graphic design. 

Faculty nominator: Thomas McCarthy

“Petar is always prepared for class, does great on assessments, and most importantly, adds to class discussion every day. He is well versed in a variety of areas and uses this knowledge to respond to questions in class with great intellect and analysis.”

2019-2020 Students of the month

March

Hutchinson CarterHutchinson Carter

7th grade

Parents: Jeni and David Carter

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Hutch’s activities include robotics and theater. Outside of school, he is involved in Pacesetter Soccer and ROAD to Mars. Hutch’s favorite class is STEM with Patty. Dowd, because he enjoys coding and building things. In the future, he hopes to attend MIT and become an aerospace engineer. The best experience so far at Ottawa Hills has been the robotics trip to Kalahari.

Faculty nominator: Patty Dowd

“I have Hutch both in class and as a participant in my robotics club. He has been a wonderful leader in both settings. He helps keep his team on task, he devotes an extraordinary amount of time to his team, and is willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. He is also almost always in a wonderful mood and cheering everyone else up, no matter what is bringing them down. He is willing to help and work with any other students. He's also not afraid to ask for help when necessary, but not until after he's tried to figure things out on my own. He is one of the hardest-working and happiest students I have ever had in my club and I'm so grateful he's only in 7th grade so we'll have him on our team for many more years.”

 

Antonia BazzoliAntonia Bazzoli

9th grade

Parents: Nikki Bazzoli and Brian Bazzoli

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Annie’s activities include soccer and basketball. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, and spending time with friends and family. Annie’s favorite class is Honors Biology with Jeremy Nixon, because she enjoys the content and appreciates Mr. Nixon’s teaching style and environment. In the future, Annie would like to play college soccer and study to become a chiropractor or a chemist. The best experience at the Junior/Senior High School so far has been cutting the net with the basketball team after winning sectionals.

Faculty nominator: Jeremy Nixon

“Annie Bazzoli is an absolutely wonderful student to have in class. She has a genuine love for Biology and it shows in everything she does in my class. Annie also has an amazing desire to learn and get better every day. She is a true role model for students in our school that want to succeed in all that they do.”

 

Meredith RandallMeredith Randall

11th grade

Parents: Laura and Kyle Randall

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Meredith’s activities include the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), theater, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Quiz Bowl. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, painting, drawing, making jewelry, and reading. Her favorite class is Government because she enjoys learning the details of the American government and how it affects the daily lives of citizens. The person who has most impacted Meredith is Madame Hanlon due to her support as the GSA advisor and always providing a space for students to find and use their voice.

In the future, Meredith plans to study visual design in theater and film. The best experience so far for Meredith in high school has been the band trip to Toronto.

Faculty nominator: Liz Puskala

“Meredith is an Honors Anatomy student placed in the general anatomy section. She is diligent about learning the Honors content beyond what she is exposed to during the general class. She has been proactive in reaching out to me about questions she has and shows dedication in learning beyond the classroom. Meredith is kind and considerate towards her peers and offers to help them often.”

February

Race KowalczykRace Kowalczyk

7th grade

Parents: Julie and Tod Kowalczyk

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Race plays on the undefeated 7th grade boys’ basketball team. In his free time, he enjoys water skiing and playing basketball. Byron Schwartz, his coach at Ottawa Hills, has had the most impact on Race in Junior High. His most memorable experience so far has been winning the TAAC championship after an undefeated basketball season.

Faculty nominator: Nicole Silvers

“Race is a very kind and compassionate young man. He always listens, and always strives to do his best. I really appreciate how attentive and cooperative he is both with me and his classmates. It is a pleasure to be his teacher. Though I've only worked with Race for a semester, I've many reasons to nominate him for Student of the Month. Race arrives daily with a positive attitude and willingness to learn. He accepts challenges to further his knowledge, even within a subject that he has to work hard at. While I don't know nor see Race in the rest of his academic world, one period of instruction has proven evidence of the type of human being he is: thoughtful, respectful, and mindful to and of those around him. I couldn’t be more proud of his transition to OHJH, and the person he strives to be each day.”

Sophia HeidenreichSophia Heidenreich

10th grade

Parents: Amy Jerome & Trevor Heidenreich

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Sophie’s activities at Ottawa Hills High School include Dance Team and Teen PEP; she also is currently running for “Student of the Year” honors through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Outside of school, she is a dancer at Toledo Ballet. In her free time, Sophie enjoys spending  with family and cooking. Sophie’s favorite class is chemistry and her favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry. People would be surprised to know that she has lived in North Carolina and California before moving to Ohio. In the future, Sophie plans to go to college and travel. Sophie’s favorite experiences at Ottawa Hills so far have been her involvement in Dance Team and other school-related activities.

Faculty nominator: Jeremy Nixon

“Sophie is one of the hardest working students I have ever taught. She has a great desire to not only learn the material, but to also thoroughly understand it. Sophie is also a very nice and approachable student that has great relationships with both her peers and teachers.”

Deepta ParamasamyDeepta Paramasamy

12th grade

Parents: Bhuvaneswari Paramasamy and Paramasamy Karuppuchamy

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Deepta’s activities include field hockey, Teen PEP, AFS club, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, Tamil Cultural Group, Model UN, Quiz Bowl, and French Club. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as playing her guitar. In the future, she plans to go to college and eventually earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry. The person who has most impacted her during high school has been Jeremy Nixon, helping Deepta grow in the scientific community and as a researcher. Deepta’s most memorable experience at Ottawa Hills has been her Agora trip to Costa Rica.

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Deepta is engaged in the art of learning. Seeing her face light up with insight, whether from her life-changing research with siderophores or her literary acuity, she shines. Knowing that she will attend college, she has been tireless in her quest for scholarships. Writing many, many essays above and beyond her school and extracurricular responsibilities. I don’t know where she finds the time, but I think it’s further evidence of her dedication to education.”

January

Jack PerozekJack Perozek

8th grade

Parents: Joy and Ed Perozek

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Jack’s activities include football, basketball, and baseball. In his free time, he enjoys being outside and spending time with friends and family. His favorite class in Junior High is life skills because he enjoys cooking. In the future, Jack plans to attend college and go on to become an orthodontist. The person who has had the most influence on his life has been his dad. His most memorable experience in Junior High has been being a part of the football team. 

Faculty nominator: Noreen Hanlon

“Jack is consistently conscientious, positive, and kind in class. He leads by example, and is quick to reach out to others who need help. I appreciate Jack’s participation in class and also the contributions he makes to our classroom community.”

Stella CooperStella Cooper

10th grade

Parents: Lana and Matt Cooper

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Stella’s activities include cheerleading, field hockey, OHbreathe team, and Spanish Club. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. Stella’s favorite class is AP Biology because she enjoys the material and appreciates Mr. Nixon’s engaging strategies. Her favorite experiences in high school so far have been the SnowBall Dance and the Homecoming Dance. The people who have most influenced her life are her parents. They have taught her how to be independent, yet ask for help when she needs it. Stella believes that these life lessons are also reinforced at Ottawa Hills High School. 

Faculty nominator: Patty Dowd

“Stella is a very hard worker in robotics, as well as her other extracurricular activities. She’s also very kind and willing to help other students.”

Sradhanjali McGrathSradhanjali McGrath

11th grade

Parents: Michelle and Tom McGrath

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Anjali’s activities include cross country, track, ice hockey, Marching Band, Pep Band, Teen PEP, and SLA. In her free time, she enjoys running, doing puzzles, playing video games, and watching movies. People would be surprised to know she is adopted. Anjali’s favorite class is French with Madame Hanlon because of the strategies Madame uses to engage students in her classroom. Anjali’s best experience in high school so far has been joining the cross-country team. Cross country has transformed her running, her friendships, and her own personal growth. In the future, Anjali plans to attend college and hopes to work in the medical field. The people who have impacted her life and encouraged her the most are her parents. They have shaped her as a person and taught her to be proud of who she is, not being discouraged by how others define her. 

Faculty nominator: Mary Kate Hafemann

“Anjali is a positive force in our class! She always has a smile on her face and is so willing to help out in any way. Her kindness and concern for detail make her a great friend and team member! Academically, she works very hard to always give 100 percent effort. She’s an awesome person inside and out.”

Abdul MaaiehAbdul Maaieh

12th grade

Parents: Jaouni Raniah and Mohammed Maaieh

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Abdul’s activities include basketball, cross country and track. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball with friends, exercising, board games and spending time with friends and family. His favorite class is AP Physics with Mr. Adkins. He claims it is the most challenging class, but also the most relatable to real life. In the future, he plans to attend college and study computer engineering. Abdul’s most memorable experience in High School has been his time on the basketball team, both on and off the court. People would be surprised to know that Abdul started a youth group at a local mosque during his freshman year that is still growing and thriving today. 

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Abdul is a kind and caring individual. Having him for public speaking and English IV lets me see how consistent he is no matter what course he is in. He participates in class, cares to listen to his peers, balances his job, his passions, and his community involvement.”

December

Anthony Packo Anthony Packo 

8th grade

Parents: Ali and Tony Packo

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Anthony’s activities include swimming, golf, and theater. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and baking. His favorite class is art because he likes to create things. During his time at Ottawa Hills, the person that has had the most impact on him was Mrs. Palko in 6th grade because of her welcoming classroom and her kindness. Anthony’s favorite experience so far in Junior High has been Agora 2018. In the future, he hopes to go to Miami to study business and University of Michigan for law school.  

Faculty nominator: Sean Mercer

“Anthony is a bright, hardworking young man. He has a wonderful demeanor and sense of humor. Anthony is a role model and leader of his peers.”

Erin KadrovachErin Kadrovach

12th grade

Parents: Michelle and Eric Kadrovach

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Erin’s activities include varsity soccer, Model UN, and Mesasa. In her free time, she enjoys working and writing. Her favorite class is math with Mrs. Keckler. Erin’s most memorable experience in High School was advancing to the soccer tournaments for the first time ever in the history of Ottawa Hills High School.  People would be surprised to know that she has camped on the beach in Hawaii. 

Faculty nominator: Lauren Hurst

“Erin couldn't have been more helpful as a junior member of our Mesasa staff, which made the decision for Editor-in-Chief an easy selection. Erin has been conscientious, has made logical suggestions, and has implemented a mature attitude in her senior position. Other than Erin’s academic endeavors, she excels on the soccer field and works a part-time job after school and/or weekends. Erin is the type of young lady we can rely on due to her maturity and attention to detail!”

John KightJohn Kight

12th grade

Parents: Joy and Daniel Kight

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: John’s activities include varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and Choraliers. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, eating food, playing with his dogs, video games, and spending time with his family. His favorite class is economics with Mr. McCarthy. In the future, he plans to study business at either The Ohio State University, Indiana, or Georgia. The people who have had the most impact on John during his high school career were his coaches: Coach Nate and Coach Lindsay. They taught him the importance of working hard and competition. He is very grateful to them. John’s most memorable experience was having the opportunity to play in the state finals at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

Faculty nominator: Liz Puskala

“John is a respectful, conscientious student who comes to class daily prepared and ready to learn. John is honest, hard-working, and a great role model for his peers.”

November

Amalia RybarczykAmalia Rybarczyk

7th grade

Parents: Nicole and Ronald Rybarczyk

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Amalia is very involved in AAA hockey which takes up most of her time. When she does have spare time, she enjoys practicing hockey, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her dogs. In the future, Amalia plans to attend University of Wisconsin and play Division I hockey. Her dream is to play for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team. Amalia’s favorite class is science with Mrs. Silvers. Mrs. Silvers has impacted her greatly this year, caring about Amalia in both her academic life and her life outside of the classroom. Her favorite experience in Junior High so far has been listening to the guest speaker Rodney Walker, who shared about his personal and professional life, growing up in foster care, and making it to Harvard University.

Faculty nominator: Nicole Silvers

“Molly is delightful to have in class. She comes to class with a smile on her face and is always ready to learn. Molly makes teaching fun! She is interested in learning new topics, and always puts her best foot forward. She is kind, cooperative, and is a leader among her peers. I believe she exemplifies all of the characteristics of a future leader.”

Celia MillerCelia Miller

9th grade

Parents: Patrick & Lydia Miller | Katie Miller

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Celia’s activities include cross country, speech and debate, GSA, and track. In her free time, she enjoys making YouTube videos and playing the guitar. Celia’s favorite class is biology with Mrs. Puskala and her best experience since coming to Ottawa Hills was attending the Homecoming Dance.

Faculty nominator: Liz Puskala

“Lia is quiet and very hardworking. She comes to class prepared every day and her work is very thorough. She is pleasant and wonderful to have in class.”

Yale MillerYale Miller

12th grade

Parents: Carla and Kevin Miller

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Yale’s activities include cross country, Quiz Bowl, eSports, Model UN, and band. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, listening to music, and playing video games. Yale’s favorite class is graphic design because of the creativity and problem solving that it requires. His most memorable experience in High School was his Agora trip to Spain. In the future, he plans to go to college and study graphic design.

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Yale is a leader in AP English and he does so with calm and a determination to dive into interpretation of any text he is given. He consistently puts forth sincere effort and engagement in his writing and reading and he thrives when given feedback. His revision process is impressive and doesn't entail a focus on the negative but a willingness to grow.”

October

Caelan ReaCaelan Rea

8th grade

Parents: Michelle and Matthew Rea

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Caelan is very involved in hockey in the area as a member of the Sylvania North Stars AAA Hockey Club. He also plays junior high soccer. Caelan’s favorite class is science. People would be surprised to know that Caelan has played violin since he was 4 years old. His favorite memory from Ottawa Hills so far is the Junior High Agora experience.

Faculty nominator: Paul Genzman

“Caelan is an extremely nice kid and a great student. Very organized, engaged, respectful to all students and teachers. He exemplifies the idea of quietly being great. I have a lot of respect for that.”

Libby HagenbuchLibby Hagenbuch

9th grade

Parents:  Julie and Craig Hagenbuch

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Libby’s activities include lacrosse, Student Council, Environmental Club, Choraliers, and theater. In her free time, she enjoys singing, spending time at SIP Coffee, and playing lacrosse. Her favorite class is history because it pushes her to think deeply. In the future, Libby hopes to graduate and attend University of Michigan. People would be surprised to know that she loves fashion design. Libby’s favorite experience at Ottawa Hills so far was performing in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Faculty nominator: Laurel Underwood

“Over this past month, Libby has shown a passion for charity and a determination to reach her goals. She doesn’t let obstacles stand in her way and she inspires others to become their best selves as well.”

Henry McQueenHenry McQueen

12th grade

Parents: Matthew & Sally McQueen

Activities, interests, and accomplishments: Henry’s activities include golf, tennis, Speech and Debate Team, Science Olympiad, Arrowhead, and Quiz Bowl. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, spending time with his friends, and tailgating. His favorite class is AP US History because he appreciates Mr. Bobak’s stories and teaching.

Faculty nominator: Sara Eisenbaum

“Henry shows dedication to outstanding citizenship on a daily basis in AP Literature and as one of the editors of the Arrowhead. He pursues community respect and engagement, drives discussion towards multiple vantage points, and engages in the learning process. He is highly motivated and motivating towards those around him.”

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