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Lions Club Student of the Month

October 2021

Student Sophia Flemister with mother and Lions Club member Bill Decker.
Sophia Flemister is the October Lions Club Student of the Month is a wonderful young lady who has her hands into a lot of activities.  
Sophia is a gifted athlete.   She was undefeated in SBC Tennis this season, and was recognized as 1st team All-Conference, team Most Valuable Player, 1st seed in Districts, and District Honorable Mention.  She was awarded the Most Improved Bowler in 9th and 10th grade, and earned the Coach’s Award and three varsity letters for the bowling team.   In Volleyball she was named Most Improved Player as a freshman, earned the Coach’s Award as a sophomore, and is a member of the 2021 undefeated District Champion Volleyball team.  She is also a member of the track and field team. 
Sophia currently has a 4.270 GPS and ranks 5th in her class.  She has earned a place on the high and distinguished honor roll every semester at VHS, and was awarded an academic letter for her achievement.  Throughout her high school career Sophia has been named outstanding department student for English, science, history, Spanish and math.  
Other activities include:  National Honor Society (president), Speech and Debate (earned a Ruby Pin), Student Council (vice-president), Marching Band (president and trumpet section leader), Theater (actress and lighting technician), Model United Nations, Art Club, Chess Club, Coding Club (founder and president), Game Club, Academic Challenge team, Principal’s Advisory Committee, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Leo Club (secretary).  The American Legion selected Sophia for Buckeye’s Girls State, where she earned the position of County Engineer. 
When she isn’t busy planning, playing, studying and rehearsing, Sophia works at Dunkin Donuts and helps tutor her peers at Vermilion High School.
Physics teacher Mr. Schneid, says, “She is a wonderful young lady with a great personality and a pleasure to have in class”.  National Honor Society Advisors Mr. D’Egidio and Mrs. Pancost both agree, “She is a tireless worker and strives to make a difference to all around her.”
Sophia is the daughter of Jayne and Mina Flemister.

September 2021

Congratulations James Jessen

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Lion’s Club begins the new school year by honoring James Jessen as the September Student of the Month.  James is a multi-talented young lady, with many great accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom.  As a student at Vermilion High School, she ranks 18th in her class and sports a sparkling 3.97 GPA.  She has been on the honor roll every quarter of her high school and middle school career.   
James is active at VHS as the 2021 Buckeye Girls State representative and Leo Club Vice-President for 2021-22.   She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and has been active for four years on the Principal’s Advisory Council, a group that helps to improve the student/school environment. 
When not excelling academically in the classroom, James is excelling musically in the band room, where she was named Section leader for 2021-22.  She is also a member of the award-winning VHS Jazz Band and Concert Band and is an active member of Art Club and the newly-formed Game Club.
Outside of school James earned the Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Contest Honorable Mention Award and was the Local Business Art Award recipient for 2020.  She also shares her talents with the community, for example, she is an active member and contributing artist for the Greater Port Clinton Area Artists Association.  James also owns and operates her own business “James and the Giant Canvas”, supporting the Ottawa County Humane Society with a percentage of her profits.  
James’ teachers say she is a hard worker and fun to have in class.  Having seen James advance through school since she was young, most teachers add that she is conscientious and dedicated to making sure she is at her best. She is a very personable and well-mannered young lady.  Without a doubt, James will be a success no matter what path she decides to take after graduation.

James is the daughter of Rebecca Jessen and the late Joseph Jessen.