The Rotary Club of Westerville, which sponsors a Student of the Month program, recognized recipients at a luncheon at Villa Milano held on Thursday, November 2. November students are Madelyn Carson, Westerville Central High School; Leah Freeman, Westerville North High School; Michael Mansaray, Westerville South High School, and Diana Brown, St. Francis DeSales High School.
The purpose of the program is twofold: to recognize outstanding students who have distinguished themselves by serving their school and to expose them to the Rotary Club and its ideal of “Service Above Self.” Students selected join Rotarians for lunch every week for a month, and have the opportunity to interact with members.
Madelyn Carson is a senior at Westerville Central High School. She holds a 4.304 grade point average (GPA). Math, computer science and government are her favorite subjects of study. Carson is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Renaissance Club, and served as a Junior Mentor. She is a cheerleader and class officer, and also competes in track and field. She is an American Legion Endowment Fund scholarship winner, a three-year letter winner for cheerleading and academics, and a Buckeye Girls State scholarship winner. She plans to study Computer Science at The Ohio State University.
Chemistry and government are Leah Freeman’s favorite subjects of study. This Westerville North High School senior earned a 4.0 GPA. She is a senior class officer who is active in track, cross-country, National Honor Society, the Warrior Athletic Leadership Team, and the Gay-Straight Alliance. She is also a member of the Odyssey newspaper staff. Freeman volunteers at Leadership Westerville, Service Day, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Westerville Christian Church Food Bank, the Cleveland Peace Baptist Church and Dress for Success Columbus. She has won numerous academic and athletic awards, and works part time at Chick-fil-A. She plans to attend college in Florida where she will major in Game Design and minor in Psychology.
Westerville South sophomore Michael Mansaray, who holds a 3.87 GPA, enjoys studying math and English. He is a running back and safety for the Wildcat football team. He also participates in track and field. Mansaray has been on the Honor Roll for four quarters and has received academic and athletic recognition. He helped with his school’s Black History program last year, and was also named a Cat with Class.
DeSales senior Diana Brown, a 4.308 GPA student, likes calculus and chemistry. She is the National Honor Society President, and is active in the Future Medical Professions Club, Student Council, the volleyball team, Corral for the Kids and the Autism Awareness Club. She has volunteered at Rotary’s Fish Fry, has served at the Harris Askins House Christmas party, has collected canned goods for holiday food drives, and serves as a tutor. Her academic and athletic awards are numerous. Brown will attend the University of Illinois next year to study Biochemistry in order to prepare for a career in the medical field.