Tackett is Rotary’s senior of February

By Donna Shurr - Oberlin High School

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 honored for February was Abigail Tackett.

She has played volleyball for four years, serving as co-captain for the past two years, receiving the MVP and Coach’s Award. She also played basketball and ran track for the first two years of high school.

Outside of school, Tackett is involved in the youth group (Discovery Student Ministries) at Church on the North Coast, leading worship and acting as a student leader. She currently works at the church as a pastoral assistant/administrator and previously enjoyed being employed at Ben Franklin in Oberlin.

Service is a part of Tackett’s life. She volunteers at the “Joshua Kids” inner-city children’s program held once a month at CNC and a week-long overnight camp in the summer. She also works with the Love Haiti Fund, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable growth in the nation of Haiti. Tackett helps with fundraising as well as traveling on service trips with teams of volunteers. She went on two trips in 2016 and has a trip planned for August 2017 to minister to the children at Destiny Village, an orphanage supported by her church.

During her sophomore year, Tackett’s paper, “Nigeria: Adapting to Climate Change by Manipulating Water Sources to Save Agricultural Production,” won her the honor of becoming a Borlogue Scholar. Judges at the Ohio Global Institute at Ohio State University gave her highest marks. Coupled with her passion for food security for every individual and her excellent presentation, she was chosen to attend the 2016 Global Youth Institute at the World Food Prize in DesMoines, Iowa, during her junior year. While there, she joined more than 100 students from around the world who had prepared papers and studied food security issues

In high school, Tackett chose the post-secondary option, which has allowed her to attend Lorain County Community College free. She will graduate from high school with 45 college credits. She plans on finishing her associate’s degree at LCCC in the fall and will transfer to Ashland University with the college partnership.

Tackett plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in young adult education to eventually teach high school English or social studies/history.

By Donna Shurr

Oberlin High School