The Oberlin Rotary Club honors a high school senior 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 Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of March was Maddy Thompson.
She has participated in the OHS drama club for three years and serves as its president. She has worked on stage crew, hair and makeup design, and costumes. Thompson has acted in minor roles in two shows and lead roles in three other shows. She directed the spring play, “The Odd Couple.”
Thompson is a member of the Interact Club, the community service club of Oberlin High School, sponsored by the Oberlin Rotary Club. She is a faithful member of the BackPack gang, which packs bags of food for elementary children to take home for the weekend. Thompson helps fill bags, organize boxes and cupboards, and deliver boxes to each classroom.
Thompson has been involved with Ohio Model United Nations since she was in seventh grade and enjoys learning about other countries and coming up with new and creative solutions to issues that our world faces. Her group won “Outstanding Resolution” two years in a row for creative and detailed resolutions. During her junior year, Thompson led the student council in planning fundraisers, events, and dances. She has helped design pages for the yearbook.
As junior class president, Thompson had the responsibility of planning prom and, while it was rather stressful, the experience taught her a lot about organization and social skills.
Thompson has worked at Ben Franklin in Oberlin since April of her sophomore year. She works at the register, interacts with customers (casual conversation, answering questions, and addressing comments and concerns), prices and stocks products, and trains new employees.
She has participated in shows with the MAD Factory for more than 10 years, acting in comedies, dramas, and murder mysteries as well as improv classes and musicals.
After high school, Thompson intends to attend college to study early childhood education as well as forensic anthropology. She is considering minoring in theater and communication arts as well.
After college she plans to join the Peace Corps to assist people in other countries.
“I like animals and tiny humans and people in general. I love being social and interacting with friends, family, and strangers. I’m excited to involve myself in things in the future that can help to strengthen my social interaction skills,” she said.
Thompson also hopes to travel. She is excited about the possibility of seeing the world and experiencing different cultures and places.