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.
Elijah Bugg has participated in extracurricular activities at Oberlin High School throughout his high school career.
An active member of the varsity football team for four years, he has played many positions. He earned All-Ohio recognition as wide receiver, achieving a long-term goal.
For the past two years, Bugg has been a Ninde Scholar, which has opened his eyes to the resources available to him for college and, more importantly, he has realized that college is obtainable. Bugg learned the importance of grades, community involvement, time management, and how to write effectively.
During his junior year, Bugg, Jack McMillian, and Abi Tacket co-founded Phoenix Representing Oberlin, a community service group for athletes. This club is a cooperation between Langston Middle School athletes and high school mentor athletes. Bugg counts this as one of the greatest achievements of his high school career.
Outside of school, he is a member of the newly founded Oberlin Youth Council, sponsored by the Oberlin city council, which is helping him understand local government. He is very excited that this council hopes to bring together student groups from the schools and Oberlin College for greater collaboration.
Bugg is an academic honor/merit roll student and works with the 100 Men of Lorain County.
After high school he plans to attend a four-year university and possibly strive afterward for a master’s degree. He intends to major in sports management and minor in philosophy. He also hopes to play college football. Although he has been accepted to 11 schools, he is still undecided as to where he will continue his education.
Bugg’s chosen charity for a donation from the Oberlin Rotary Club is Oberlin’s Backpack Program, which provides much-needed food to area families.
Dakota Friedl is a senior at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in the heating and ventilation and air conditioning lab.
His accomplishments and activities illustrate a passion for service, learning, leadership, and self-improvement. Friedl is a member of the Vocational Youth Club, which participates in various service activities, including raising money and collecting items for a holiday giving tree and toy drives. He has also taken children shopping for clothes and school items through the Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-a-Child program. He volunteers at the Animal Protection League in Elyria and assists elderly members of the community.
Friedl served as the SkillsUSA regional vice president during his junior year, representing his school’s chapter at meetings and national events. SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves students enrolled in trade, industrial, and health programs.
He also served as the president of the local 4-H club, as well as a Junior Fair board member and assistant chairman and chairman of swine. He earned the title of supreme showman at the Lorain County Fair, as well as grand champion for showing hogs in different classes at the Lorain County Fair and reserve champion at the Ohio State Fair.
Friedl was in Youth for Youth as a freshman and sophomore. He was camp counselor at Lorain Clover Bud camp and junior camp, working as a volunteer with children.
He is active with the Explorer program (fire and rescue) for Spencer, Ohio, enjoying opportunities for public speaking through both the Explorer and 4-H programs.
Friedl is also part of the Principal Advisory Club at the Lorain County JVS, working with staff and students to help make decisions for the school.
He plans to either study business at Lorain County Community College with the goal of owning a business in agriculture, or attend the University of Northwestern Ohio for its diesel mechanics and agricultural mechanics programs.
Friedl’s chosen charity for a donation is the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Courtesy photo The seniors for January were Elijah Bugg of Oberlin High School, Dakota Friedl of Lorain County JVS, and Samantha Lyons of Keystone High School, who will be honored in another publication.