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. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25 to a charity or project in each student’s name.
The Oberlin High School senior of the month for October was Maliyah Stevens.
Since eighth grade, Stevens has been a member of the Oberlin Ninde Scholars Program, which has helped prepare her for college. Through the Ninde Scholars, Stevens also learned what it takes to plan a community service project. She and other scholars visited Welcome Nursing Home last spring and interviewed residents about their life experiences. The residents were also asked to give advice to the younger generation.
Stevens has been an active member of the Oberlin Interact Club, the community service club at Oberlin High School, which is sponsored by the Oberlin Rotary Club. This club tries to meet the needs of many nonprofit organizations in the area.
“We not only run the backpack program, where we bag food for children each week at Eastwood and Prospect Schools, but we also help get other opportunities to help various organizations, like Doggie Doo, Pancake Breakfasts, Alzheimer’s Walk and other things that our community needs,” she said. “I hope to continue this service throughout my life.”
Outside of school, Stevens enjoys her part-time job at Kendal at Oberlin, working at least 12 hours a week. She appreciates the flexible schedule around her school responsibilities and that Kendal will allow her to work on long weekends and summer vacations during the next four years while she attends college.
Stevens attends Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Oberlin where she helps younger children with activities. One of her favorite times of the year is working with the children at Vacation Bible School. With her church, Stevens has also been part of Christmas caroling for residents at Welcome Nursing Home.
After high school, Stevens plans to study nursing with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Helping people has become her passion and being in the health field is something that she has been interested in for a long time. Stevens hopes to study abroad to learn about other cultures and to visit other places in the world.
She hopes to attend Temple University in the fall.