Bliss, Oliveros are named Rotary seniors of March

By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz

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 March are Emme Bliss of Oberlin High School, Christine Oliveros of the Lorain County JVS, and Miranda Posey 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.

Bliss is very active in school activities at OHS. Maintaining excellent grades being a priority, she has earned her membership in both National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. As a member of the marching and concert bands, Bliss enjoys playing trumpet. She is a member of the art club, student council, and Interact Club. Bliss has also served as class secretary for both her junior and senior years of high school.

Outside of school, Bliss has been involved with 4-H for 10 years and has been a 4-H summer camp counselor for three. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oberlin and has worked in the nursery for four years. She also work in dining services at Kendal at Oberlin.

During her four years studying art at OHS, Bliss enrolled in the most rigorous course, the International Baccalaureate program. She won one Silver Key and several honorable mentions for her entries in the Scholastic Art Exhibition this winter at the Stocker Center, Lorain County Community College.

Bliss’s plans for after high school include earning a double degree in architecture and interior design. She has been accepted to Kent State and Ohio State universities but has not decided where she will attend in the fall.

Bliss’s chosen charity for a donation from the Rotary Club is the high school Interact Club, which organizes the backback program that supplies food to children over the weekend.

Oliveros attends the Lorain County JVS. She has been a member of the Keystone Color Guard and Bowling Team for four years. She has won several bowling awards in the past few years, including first and second place at the 2nd Division Girls Conference.

She is a four-year letterman in both bowling and band. She has also participated on the dance team, softball team, and yearbook committee for Keystone High School. She is a two-year member of the National Technical Honor Society and the Health Occupation Students of America.

Outside of school, Oliveros is involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. Her work helping elementary school children with homework and school projects exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” She talks with the students and tries to be a mentor and role model.

Oliveros has volunteered at the LCCC Community Day, the Zero Proof Mixoff at LCCC, the Lifeshare Blood Drive, the Environmental Clean Up, and the Keystone Library Book Sale. She is also actively involved in her church youth group and has served on missions trips with them.

Oliveros has been accepted to St. Johns University at New York to study pharmacy. She hopes to someday have her own pharmacy. She is a national finalist for the Emerson Scholarship and will find out in May whether she has won an award.

The charity she chose for a donation from the Rotary Club is Big Brothers / Big Sisters.

Oliveros commented on the challenges she has faced throughout high school, including the passing of her mother two years ago, as well as the recent losses of her aunt and grandfather: “All of this sadness taught me to be strong and motivated me to go to college. I have two younger siblings, so I had to be strong. Whenever I wanted to give up, I think about what my mom wants for me. I know she’d be proud of me now.”

By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz