The Oberlin Rotary Club honors high school seniors each month during the school year for character and positive attitudes. They have contributed time and energy by helping the school and community and are excellent role models for the students at Oberlin High School. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25 to a charity or project in each student’s name.
The senior of the month for March is Angela Mavrich.
She has enjoyed sharing her senior year with her new sister, Wannaharn (Ning) Suripaisanskul from Surat Thani, Thailand. The Mavrich family is hosting Ning, an AFS exchange student, while Angela’s sister Catherine is enjoying a gap year abroad as an exchange in Brazil.
Mavrich has been active in many extracurricular activities over her time at Oberlin High School. She plays center field on the Phoenix varsity softball team. She is a member of the Interact Club, the community service club of Oberlin High School sponsored by the Oberlin Rotary Club. As part of Interact Club, Angela works with the backpack program to pack food every week for elementary students. She is also a member of the foreign language club.
Mavrich plays violin in the OHS orchestra and also in a chamber group. Outside of school, she works as a cashier at Oberlin IGA and babysits to earn extra money. Like Rotarians, she believes in service and volunteered in the Appalachia Service Project over the summer. She ushers at Oberlin Community Teacher and is on the board of the Bill Long Foundation. Several of her art works have received recognition at the Scholastic Art Competition every year. Mavrich has been named to the honor roll every semester.
Mavrich has worked diligently to prepare history projects for National History Day at OHS. She has been engaged in scholarly research outside the classroom to prepare exhibits and projects. Representing Oberlin in the senior division in 2014, she worked with two other students to prepare an exhibit titled “Wyan-Don’t Steal Our Land: Wyandot Nation” for District 3 History Day at Case Western Reserve University. She was also in a group project in 2015, creating a website on the topic of the discovery of DNA entitled “Photo 51: The Untold Legacy of Rosalind Franklin.” The website won regionals, state, and went on to compete in the national competition at the University of Maryland. This project was also awarded the Oberlin Heritage Center’s Hubbard Prize. History Day requires students to be interviewed by historians and history experts to defend their work. Mavrich received the highest marks and positive comments for her participation.
She plans to attend college after high school. Mavrich hopes to major in teaching English as a foreign language or film composition.
Her honorarium from Rotary was donated to the Lakota People’s Law Project, which provides legal assistance to Native Americans who have been affected or will be displaced because of the Dakota Access Pipeline.