Courtesy photo The students of the month are Morality Anderson (JVS/Oberlin), Steven Mentzer (Oberlin), and Steven Speck (Keystone).
The Oberlin Rotary Club honors high school seniors each month during the school year. These young people are recognized 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 and the Lorain County JVS.
The seniors for October are Steven Mentzer of Oberlin High School, Morality Anderson of the Lorain County JVS and Oberlin, and Steven Speck of Keystone High School, who will be honored in another publication.
The students were honored at a weekly noon luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club at the Oberlin Inn.
Mentzer began his participation in marching band in eighth grade. He is a co-field commander and has assisted in writing two marching drills this season.
Mentzer has been an active member in the Oberlin High School student council for three years and now serves as vice president. His love of art has also motivated Mentzer to participate in Art Club all four years of high school, serving the past two as president.
During his time in the OHS art program he has been awarded two Gold Keys, five Silver Keys, and five honorable mentions in the prestegious Scholastic Art Show.
Last school year, Mentzer was elected junior class president and spent countless hours planning and fundraising for the junior-senior prom. He and the other officers succesfully raised more than $5,500, leaving a surplus of money toward their senior trip.
Outside of school, Mentzer has volunteered at Oberlin Weekday Community Meals for five years and worked as the Thursday night “crew chief” for four years. Mentzer has also sat on the OWCM board of executives for two years and as the OHS representative. He has logged more than 400 hours of community service with this organization in an effort to help eliminate hunger in Lorain County. Working at OWCM has also been life changing. Mentzer has become great friends with all the diners who attend on a regular basis, as well as with the other volunteers.
Mentzer believes in the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” in all the activities he is involved in. For five years he has helped the Oberlin Backpack Program, packing food for elementary children to take home on Fridays, realizing the benefit younger children and families receive from it. Mentzer has enjoyed working with Rotarians in the Adopt-a-Highway trash pick-up and at the pancake breakfast each spring.
Mentzer is applying to Stanford University, UCLA, and Case Western Reserve. While his major is undecided, he has been debating between biology, pre-med, architecture, and industrial design.
During his sophomore year, Mentzer traveled abroad to Taiwan as a Rotary International exchnange student for 10 months. This was a highlight of his high school career and made him more aware of his responsibility as a global citizen.
Mentzer’s charity of choice for a donation from the Oberlin Rotary Club is the Oberlin Backpack Program.
Morality Anderson is a culinary arts student attending Lorain County JVS and Oberlin High School activities. Fitting for his career path, Anderson works at Sterk’s of Oberlin.
Anderson has been active in athletics and has been a football, wrestling, and track team participant for six years. He has won several awards for his ability, including an All-Ohio honorable mention for football last year. He also made it to the 2015 district tournaments in wrestling and received both Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Wrestling awards for the 2014-2015 Oberlin team.
Anderson’s awards extend to academic achievement and community service as well. He has been named an Academic Athlete every semester since eighth grade, received a True Light Image Award for being a scholar athlete, and was named a JVS Character Education Student of the Month for exhibiting the outsanding character traits of “trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.”
Anderson has a strong commitment to service, particularly through his church. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Association youth group “The Sons of Wisdom.” Through this organization he mentors youth and is ready to assist elders.
He has also volunteered with the Oberlin Rec Football League, for which he earned another True Light Image Award. Anderson also played in band from fifth through 10th grades.
He intends to continue with his culinary arts training and mentoring youth.
He asked that his donation from Rotary go to the Holy Trinity Association.