Seniors Honored for their Character and Service to the Community
By Donna Marie Shurr-Teacher Oberlin High School
Each month the Oberlin Rotary Club honors select students as “Senior of the Month.”  These young people are recognized for their good character and positive attitude.  They have contributed their time and energy to helping the school and community and are excellent role models. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25.00 to a charity or project of the student’s choosing in their name. The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of February was Abigail Tackett.
            has played volleyball for 4 years, serving as co-captain for the past two years, receiving 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 (CNC), leading worship and acting as a student leader. She currently works at CNC 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 has been on two trips in 2016 and has a trip planned for August of 2017 to minister to the children at Destiny Village, an orphanage supported by her church.
During her sophomore year Tackett’s paper titled: 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 the Ohio State University gave her highest marks. Coupled with her passion for food security for every individual and her excellent presentation and she was chosen to attend the 2016 Global Youth Institute at the World Food Prize in DesMoines, Iowa during her junior year.  While in Iowa, Abi joined over 100 students from around the world who had prepared papers and studied food security issues
            During 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 Associates 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.