Doane, Rider, Ocheltree are Rotary seniors of April


By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz



<p style="text-align: right;">Courtesy photo Jillian Doane, Ben Ocheltree, and Shannon Rider are the Oberlin Rotary Club’s seniors of April.

Courtesy photo Jillian Doane, Ben Ocheltree, and Shannon Rider are the Oberlin Rotary Club’s seniors of April.


The Oberlin Rotary Club honors high school seniors 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 and the Lorain County JVS. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25 to a charity or project in each student’s name.

The seniors for April are Jillian Doane of Oberlin High School, Shannon Rider of the Lorain County JVS, and Ben Ocheltree 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 Sterk’s of Oberlin.

Oberlin senor Jillian Doane has been involved in many enriching extracurricular activities during her time at Oberlin High School. In ninth grade, Doane auditioned for the Up From the Ashes a cappella choir and has performed music from a wide array of genres. The four years singing with the choir has been a highlight of her high school career.

As an author for the Ohio Model United Nations, Doane presented her group’s resolution at the state conference in Columbus both in the 11th and 12th grades.

An avid hurdler and sprinter, Doane has participated on the outdoor and indoor track and field teams since 10th grade. This past year she qualified for the indoor state meet in the 400-meter dash and the outdoor state championship in the 3,000-meter hurdles. She was also a 2015 regional championship qualifier for cross country.

Honored for her service, character, and academic excellence, Doane has been an inductee of the National Honor Society since the 11th grade.

Doane is a founding member of the OB Jump Rope Team. In fifth grade she joined the team and began giving local performances and competing in Ohio and Michigan. She was promoted to captain of the team. Some or her favorite memories from OB Jump are performing in the Oberlin College Annual Circus, OCircus, and qualifying for Junior Olympics in New Orleans in eighth grade.

Doane was also a member of the Rope Wrappers, an intramural group for children in third through fifth grades. As a middle school student she continued in sixth grade as a coach to the younger jumpers at Prospect Elementary. She has helped the young jumpers prepare for competitions and tryouts for OB Jump by teaching them double Dutch and single rope skills.

Some of Doane’s accomplishments include Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators Top 10 Percent and Honor Role Award. She is also an Academic All-Ohio (Students who qualified for the outdoor track and field state championship with a 3.5 GPA or above), All-County in cross country after qualifying for the regional meet, and MVP for the outdoor track team.

Doane will attend Oberlin College with a full tuition scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics or a similar science-related field. In graduate school, she plans to continue her math and science education by obtaining a master’s in engineering.

Doane’s charity of choice was the Interact Club’s Backpack program, which supplies weekend food to families in need.

Shannon Rider is a senior at the Lorain County JVS in the allied health science program.

Rider excels academically and has been on the honor roll for three years, served as a teacher aide for three years, and has also received an award from the National Academy of Future Physicians. She is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and is certified in both CPR and advanced first aid training. She is a regular blood donor and a member of Health Occupation Students of America.

Outside of classwork, Rider has been a member of orchestra for three years and soccer for two years through her home school district of Oberlin.

Living Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” Rider has volunteered at the Zero Proof Mix-Off, a Lorain County Community College event designed to create awareness of the importance of offering non-alcoholic drink options at gatherings.

She also assists with her church’s daycare services and works at Subway in Oberlin.

Rider plans to attend a partnership program at LCCC to study emergency nursing.

Rider’s charity of choice was Mercy Corps, which provides emergency food and support and aims to build peaceful and thriving communities.

Courtesy photo Jillian Doane, Ben Ocheltree, and Shannon Rider are the Oberlin Rotary Club’s seniors of April.

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Courtesy photo Jillian Doane, Ben Ocheltree, and Shannon Rider are the Oberlin Rotary Club’s seniors of April.

By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz