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.
Calvin (CJ) Ramsey has been a student assistant on the football team for the past two years. His responsibilities included everything from uploading film to the Internet so players could watch and evaluate themselves to coaching defensive backs and receivers.
Ramsey has also been on the baseball team all four years of high school. He was off and on the varsity team his sophomore year and played all varsity ball last year. Ramsey hopes to make this season the best Oberlin has had in a long time.
Ramsey’s academic extracurricular activities include participation in Ohio Model United Nations for three years. Learning about various nations has expanded Ramsey’s appreciation of the world. The conference held in Columbus annually has taught him about current events and problems in many countries.
Outside of school, Ramsey has worked at the Oberlin Market, which is owned by his mother. He has also been a teacher’s assistant at First United Methodist Church in Oberlin, assisting with Sunday School for kids ranging from ages three to 13.
Ramsey’s aspirations include coaching and to continue to be able to help others on and off the field just as his coaches have helped him. His dedication to athletics was acknowledged when he was named MVP of the 2015 baseball team as a junior.
He plans to attend Wabash College in the fall and major in either psychology or computer science. He also plans to help his father coach football as he is the defensive coordinator at Wabash.
Mark Woodson attends the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, where he is a member of the Vocational Youth Council.
When he attended Open Door Christian Community School, he was president his freshman year and also served on the leadership council his freshman and sophomore years.
Outside of academics, Woodson has played on the varsity soccer team all four years of high school. He was named 2nd Team All-Lorain County and 2nd Team All-Greater Cleveland. Woodson was also captain of his varsity soccer team his junior and senior years at Oberlin High School.
Woodson is a leader in the Joy Club at Calvary Baptist Church, leading song, worship, and game time on Wednesday nights. He also volunteers to help nursing home residents attend church.
He volunteered as a groundskeeper at Sky View Ranch camp in Millersburg, Ohio, for two months his sophomore summer, during which he led many children to Christ.
Woodson also helps community members with building, electrical, and yard work, and any other tasks. He is always ready to help.
Woodson works for Smink Electric in Elyria. Fittingly, he plans to attend a career-technical college and become a substation engineer. He will also continue working with the youth program at Calvary Baptist Church.
The charity chosen for his $25 donation from Rotary is Baptist Mid-Missions.
David Castle submitted his own essay for publication (edited for length):
“My name is David Castle and I am a senior at the Lorain County JVS. The activities I do at the JVS are hands-on experience in industrial electricity, which is learning how to become an electrician. Skills include wiring up houses, bending conduit, and motor controls.
“Athletics are what I do at my home school (Oberlin), including track (indoor and outdoor) and cross country. I began outdoor track in eighth grade and will continue through the end of my school year for a total of five years. I began cross country and indoor track in my freshman year of high school for a total of four years for both sports. I never really liked doing sports at first. I would always lie around with my friends, relaxing at friends’ houses and playing video games. In order to get me off the couch my parents made me do track and cross country. I was OK with track but as soon as I started cross country I hated it. But after doing both sports for a while I got used to it. I actually loved it. I wasn’t the best, maybe getting a ribbon or two for being somewhere in the middle of placing. But at least I could walk off that track exhausted and without regrets because I knew I did the best I could.
“Outside of school I work at Electrical Accents, an electrician job, when I can, such as days off of school and job placement. Job placement allows you to go to work instead of school on lab days, but only if grades, attendance, and behavior is acceptable — not that I have to worry about that.
“My church youth group called Rock and Refuge from Open Door is like the Rotary Club’s motto ‘Service Above Self.’ By this I mean we go out and help those in need from the Dominican Republic to our backyard in Elyria and Cleveland. We volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, MedWish, and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
“After school is over I was planning on going to either the Army or Navy or an engineering technical college that aligns with my electrical background, whatever comes first (probably military). I’m still undecided on what college I want to go, but I want something that isn’t easy. It’s something I know I would regret doing now, but years to come I can say to myself, ‘Boy am I glad I did that.’”
Courtesy photo The seniors for February are Calvin “CJ” Ramsey of Oberlin High School, David Castle of the Lorain County JVS, and Mark Woodson of the Lorain County JVS. Ian Schank of Keystone High School was honored as well and will be featured in another publication. The students were honored at a weekly noon luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club.