Student of the Month

Student of the Month

November 2019 Student of the Month

Joshua Parsons with mother, Kim Parsons and Leo Club member Bill Decker.

Student of the Month for November is Joshua Parsons, a student who represents the hard work and dedication of many students at Vermilion High School. He is not only a solid student, but he is a highly regarded member of the student body.

As a student, Josh ranks 17th in his class of 160 and sports an impressive 3.831 GPA. He has been chosen for membership in the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. He was also chosen as the school representative for Buckeye Boys State, was named Student of the Year in French, and has been on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll throughout his time at VHS.

Outside the classroom, Josh is an active member of Leo Club, and is involved in the many community activities they sponsor.  Hh is also part of the Peer Leadership class, and participates in Teen Leadership Corp. Outside of school, Josh is member of the Student Council for the Erie County Community Foundation, a group focused on service and community involvement in hopes of improving the lives of the residents of Erie County.

Many of Josh’s teachers commented on his commitment to school work and his confident personality. Several also remarked that he was a shining example of a teenager who is going to make something of himself.

Joshua is son of Kim and John Parsons.

October 2019 Student of the Month

Emma Haber with parents Scott and Michelle Haber and Lions Club member Bill Decker

Lion’s Club October Student of the Month is Emma Haber.  She is a well-rounded young lady with many different interests and abilities.  Emma sports a 4.38 GPA and currently ranks third in her class. As a scholar, she is a member of National Honor Society and was awarded an Academic Letter.  Emma won Outstanding Department Student of Year in Social Studies, Instrumental Music, English, Science, and Foreign Language.  She was recognized with both Bronze and Silver Medals in the American Legion Local and County Americanism and Government Contests, and is an Advanced Placement Scholar as a result of classroom performance. 

When she isn’t studying and working in the classroom, she is busy with school activities. In Varsity Track, Emma has won three varsity letters to this point in her career, and also participates in volleyball and indoor (winter) track. She is a member of the Sailor Marching Band and Concert band, and has competed in Model United Nations competitions and showcases.

Outside of school, Emma spends time volunteering at Vermilion Elementary School and working on service projects for Track and National Honor Society, such as cleaning up the beach and donation drives.

Teachers and advisors say that Emma is a hardworking and diligent student, with an amicable personality and  a pleasant spirit.  One of her teachers characterized Emma as “… a good-hearted person, confident in her abilities, and determined to be a success”. 

Emma is the daughter of Michelle and Scott Haber.  

September 2019 Student of the Month

Photo of Jasmine Young with Lions Club member Dr. Bill Decker.

The first Lions Club Student of the Month for the 2019-2020 school year is Jasmine Young. Jasmine is a successful and impressive Senior who is involved in many clubs and groups both in and out if school.

As a student, Jasmine is a member of Vermilion Book Club, the Fiction Club, the Chess Club and Leo Club. She is also an active member of Model United Nations and Student Council.  Jasmine has been accepted into National Honor Society, and assists with peer tutoring and other community service events. She is also active in Vermilion High School Marching and Concert bands.

At VHS, Jasmine was awarded the Advanced Placement Scholar designation, given to students who have shown academic excellence in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. She is also a participant in Buckeye Girl’s State. To expand her education in science she attended a Zoology camp at Malone University.  Currently Jasmine is ranked 26th in her class and sports a 3.7 GPA while taking several college and AP level courses.

Outside of school, she volunteers her time working with shelter animals and assisting with her family business, Tiffany’s Flowers. She also was the President of her confirmation class while at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vermilion.

Jasmine is a great example of a young girl who has found her niche in society and has blossomed in that role. She is well-regarded by her teachers, who described her as “hard-working”, “ambitious” and “intelligent”.  Her nominating teacher echoed these sentiments and added, “She is a fine young lady, worthy of this honor. She is super creative and a unique thinker.”

Congratulations to Jasmine and her parents, Ms. Jamie Enderle and Mr. Eddie Young.

April 2019 Student of the Month

Madison Colahan with parents and Lion's Club member Bill Decker

Madison Colahan is this year’s final Lion's ClubStudent of the Month. Her selection is based on the culmination of effort and work in the classroom and on the athletic field throughout the school year.

As a student, Maddie sports a 3.587 GPA, has consistently been on the honor roll, and is currently 41st in her class. She also is actively involved with numerous school groups, including National Honor Society, Move2Stand, Student Council, Principal’s Advisory Committee, VIA social media group and Art Club.  With her academic honors, Maddie was also selected as a participant in Buckeye Girl’s State.

Despite Maddie’s involvement in numerous co-curricular activities and groups, she excels even more in volleyball, basketball and track.  As a member of the record setting volleyball team, she was chosen to serve as captain for two years. She has been awarded Junior 1st team all-Lorain County, 3rd team District 6, and Sandusky Bay Conference Honorable Mention.  As a Senior, Maddie received District 6 First Team and Sandusky Bay Conference First team.  As a basketball player, she received Lorain County Honorable in her Junior year, and first team Lorain County, District 6 Division 2 Honorable Mention and 2nd team Sandusky Bay Conference in her Senior year. She also ranks near the top in career rebounds for girls’ basketball.  

When Maddie isn’t hitting the books, spiking a volleyball or rebounding a basketball, she finds time to volunteer at various basketball and volleyball camps. She worked as a volunteer at “A Night To Shine”, which was a prom night for children with special needs. She also finds time to work at Romp’s during the summer months. 

Many teachers would classify Maddie as helpful, conscientious and positive. As her NHS advisor and teacher, Mr. D’Egidio said that she is the kind of young woman Vermilion can be proud of, who represents her school, her community, and most importantly, her family with the greatest of pride and respect.

Maddie’s family includes her parents Aimee and Brett Colahan, sisters Camryn and Kaitlin and brother Trey.

March 2019 Student of the Month

Ryan Bodeker with parents Margie and Rick Bodeker and Lion's Club member William Decker.

Lion’s Club Student of the Month for March is Ryan Bodeker, a student who really typifies the word involvement. He is involved in many activities, both academic and athletic.

Ryan is a four-year letter winner in soccer, and earned distinction as All-District 2nd team his Junior year, All-District first team his Senior year, Sandusky Bay All-Conference and 1st team All-Lorain County.  As captain of the soccer team in his Senior year, he also garnered the VHS Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Despite being busy on the soccer field, Ryan was a member of the VHS Marching Band his freshmen and sophomore year, and was chosen to serve as squad leader.  He is an active member of the VHS fine arts department, where he is a four-year member of Drama Club; a four year member of the award winning Chorale (section leader Junior and Senior year) and is a two-year member of the Soundsation show choir. Ryan earned distinction as a member of the Ohio All State Choir in both his Junior and Senior years and garnered a NAFME All National Choir candidacy.

Academically, Ryan is a member of National Honor Society, where he is treasurer/historian and actively participates in the NHS after school tutoring program.  He earned a 3.74 GPA while taking numerous college-level courses through VHS.  For the past four years Ryan has been a member and training leader for Move 2 Stand, an anti-bullying group. As recognition for both his leadership and athletic abilities, he was an Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Student Leadership Conference Attendee his Junior year.  Ryan also volunteers for Shore Thing and for PSC Soccer camps.

Many of Ryan’s teachers and coaches remark that he is not only talented, but has that special ability to be a leader. He is also gifted with humility and a sense of responsibility for those around him. Ryan is pictured here with his parents Margie and Rick Bodeker, and Lion's Club member William Decker

January 2019 Student of the Month

Sterling Benko with parents Mary and Mark Benko

The Lion’s Club Student of the Month for January is Sterling Benko, a young man who exemplifies the commitment that students at Vermilion High School have made to making our school, community and world better.

Sterling has worked as a volunteer for many sporting events. both in the concession stand and in other jobs where he might be needed. He was instrumental in setting up the first annual “Crushin’ it on the Coast” charity volleyball game between Huron and Vermilion to help raise money for cancer research and a deserving family. He has been a long-time volunteer for youth basketball and baseball camps for the past several summers.

Besides time spent outside of school helping others, Sterling is a dedicated and hardworking athlete.  He has been a member of the three-time Sandusky Bay Conference Champion Boys Basketball team and two-time SBC championship baseball team. He was voted 1st team All Lorain County Catcher and 1st team All Sandusky Bay Conference catcher.  He also is an active member of the Academic Challenge team, Peer Leadership, Teen Leadership Corp and Big Buddies group. He was selected to be a representative to Buckeye Boys State, where he was elected Director of Public Safety.

Adding to all of his activities and volunteer efforts is the fact that he carries a 4.010 GPA with a schedule full of honor and college level classes, which ranks him 9th in his class. 

Sterling’s teachers and coaches would all say he is a bright, outgoing young man, who is also a hard-working leader for other students and players. Congratulations to Sterling and his parents, Mary and Mark Benko.

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