4 Students of the Month in late 2019 early 2020

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 January 2020 is Daria Martz. She is  a senior at Oberlin High School, is a very engaged student in her school and community.  She is president and a founding member, of the Oberlin High School Eco Club, helping unite and motivate students to care for the environment and create sustainable change within Oberlin High School and the community. This year Martz was a speaker at the Oberlin College 2019 Climate Strike in Tappan Square. Along with Eco Club, she is a member of Sunrise Oberlin, an organization that works on a national scale to unite youth and communities around climate change legislation. 

Martz participated in Ohio Model United Nations for all four years of high school, winning multiple awards for her group’s resolutions addressing various issues such as the climate crisis and government corruption. She participated in the National History Day Club and competition. Through this club, Martz, along with her peers, created a website on the first group of women to attend and graduate from Oberlin College during her sophomore year, as well as a group documentary during her junior year on the rise and fall of the steel industry in Lorain and Cleveland. This documentary won the Early Settlers Prize at the annual NHD competition. 

Martz worked with Community Services to help tutor elementary and middle school kids in math and reading. She has been a member of Interact/Backpack Club, sponsored by the Oberlin Rotary Club, since her sophomore year of high school. This club provides small weekend meals to supplement over 150 kids across the Oberlin City School District. Every Thursday, Interact students along with many of her peers, Martz helps bag and deliver food to Eastwood and Prospect. 

Throughout high school, Martz has been a member of the volleyball team and marching band. She plays cello in the high school orchestra and has been a member of Oberlin High School’s Drama Club all four year of high school. Martz acted in several productions and was a part of the tech crew. This year she serves as President of Drama Club, helping to create an environment where new and old members have a creative space to feel safe and welcome. Martz  is a member of the Oberlin High School IB Art program and has received three Scholastic Keys for her artwork entered into the Regional Scholastic Art Competition.   

An Honor Roll student, Martz is a student member of the National Honors Society and is a Full IB Diploma candidate student meaning she is taking the most rigorous program offered at Oberlin High School. Martz plans to attend a four-year university to study Environmental Studies and Sustainable Design.  She would like to thank everyone in her life (past and present) for getting her to where she is today! 

 

The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of December is Megan Dobos.

Living in Oberlin has served senior Megan Dobos well. She has been proactive in taking advantage of every opportunity our town and school community offers. Realizing that learning the Chinese language would benefit her future goals, Dobos enrolled in Mandarin Chinese in middle school. The summer before her freshman year, she applied and was accepted to the summer abroad study program in Beijing and Kunming through the Confucius Institute and also passed the HSK I and II tests (Chinese Standardized tests) in 7th and 8th grade.  She has shown remarkable progress over the four years of high school in Mandarin Chinese with a wide understanding of the culture.

Besides being an excellent student at Oberlin High School, she is excelling in the College Credit Plus Program at Lorain County Community College. Dobos is already taking very challenging college courses to ensure she obtains the most meaningful education possible. She is a committed athlete participating in tennis, cross-country and track, earning varsity letters in all these sports. 

Excelling in trumpet, Dobos is currently in OHS Concert Band, Marching Band, and the Oberlin College Arts and Sciences Orchestra, a full orchestra for college students and community members. She has been involved with the marching band and pep band since her freshman year of high school.  This year, Dobos played trumpet and was a Squad Leader and Drill Captain in the marching band.  She just finished her cross country season as Senior Captain and has begun her second season of Indoor Track. As a junior, Dobos was awarded "The Instrumentalist Magazine Musicianship Award" for Concert Band.

 

Outside of school, Dobos enjoys playing tennis and has been attending clinics and lessons at Oberlin College’s Philips Gym. She is a member of the Rotary Interact Club, which is the community service club of Oberlin High School, whose motto is “Service above Self”.  Megan serves as the membership chair, she regularly informs students of upcoming events and packs food every week for 160 elementary children in the BackPack program. Dobos has a great sense of empathy and truly wants to serve her community. She already possesses many of the qualities of a successful college student. Personally, Dobos also provides financial support for and exchanges letters with a girl in Ecuador through Compassion International. 


 

 
    

At the 2016 Senior Ohio Model United Nations, Dobos and her group were recognized for having an “Outstanding Resolution.”  In 11th grade, she received Honorable Mention at the Confucius Institute's Chinese Speech Contest at Cleveland State University.  At cross country conference meets in 10th through 12th grade, she placed in the top 20. She has earned Marietta College’s Distinction Scholarship.  She is also eligible to receive a Trustee Scholarship Award at Lorain County Community College for two years of study.

Before she starts college after high school graduation, Dobos hopes to study abroad in China for an academic year.  She has already been selected as a semi-finalist for the NSLI-Y (The National Security Language Initiative for Youth) program.  Since she has been attending classes at LCCC full-time since 11th grade and is close to receiving an Associate of Arts and/or Science, Dobos plans to attend LCCC for at least another year after high school.  She is currently considering taking advantage of LCCC’s partnership program with the University of Toledo to study computers and business. She is also considering a transfer to another four-year college where she can focus on studying Chinese and mathematics. 

 

The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of November was Greta Arbogast.

Greta Arbogast has a commitment to participate fully in her academic life. She is a conscientious student, while being involved in many extra-curricular activities and community service. Arbogast has been a member of the Rotary Interact Club all four years of high school. Interact is the community service club of Oberlin High School (OHS), whose motto is “Service above Self.” She currently serves as president, leading the club in many community service activities. Each week Arbogast, along with other OHS students, packs food every week for 161 elementary children enrolled in our BackPack program. She and a few other students spend their last period class organizing the food to be ready for packing the backpacks. She has a great sense of empathy and truly wants to serve her community. 

At a young age Arbogast learned what hard work and responsibility mean. Besides being an excellent student at Oberlin High school, enrolled in rigorous courses, she is also taking challenging courses at Oberlin College through our school partnership. To ensure that Arbogast  is receiving the most meaningful education possible, she is also a member of the Drama Club, Marching Band, Ohio Model United Nations, Eco Club, and Ski Club. Her keen sense of time management and organizational skills have benefited her ability to manage the rigor of coursework, a challenging extra-curricular program and working part time. 

Outside of school, Arbogast is involved with the Appalachian Service Project and has been a volunteer with them for 2 years. She has worked at the local Ben Franklin for a little over a year and enjoys meeting people while gaining life skills. At the Ohio Model United Nations conference in 2018, her group won Outstanding Resolution. Arbogast also received an honorable mention award in the scholastic art show in 2019 for an art piece she submitted. She is also a member of the National Honors Society at her school. 

Arbogast plans to attend a four year small liberal arts college. She is interested in the field of American studies, as well as gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Arbogast hopes to continue her study of studio art. 

 

The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of October was Noelle Ignagni.

Growing up in Oberlin, Noelle Ignagni has attended Oberlin District Schools since pre-school. She has been a member of the marching band since her freshman year and currently holds the position of Spirit Captain.  Ignagni has been a member of Interact Club, the community service club of Oberlin High Schoo,l since her sophomore year and is currently CoVice President. For the past two years Ignagni has worked during 8th period study hall once a week to set up the BackPack program, getting it ready for the food distribution for our elementary school children. Since her junior year she has been a member of World Language Club and has participated in the National History Day contest, where she was awarded the Early Settlers Award at the District 3 contest at Case Western University.

Outside of school, Ignagni stays active in many community projects. She is a member of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as a Second Level Dressage Rider.  She is also part of the USEF High School Lettering Program and has been riding Dressage since she was nine. Ignagni has won numerous equestrian awards, including level championships, and is currently working toward her USDF Bronze Medal.

Ignagni has been a board member of the Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA) since 2018. The mission of SEPA is to support Mayan refugees in Guatemalan villages by providing them educational scholarships, teacher salaries, and human rights workers. She is an altar server at Sacred Heart Church and has gone to West Virginia as part of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) since 2018 to repair and build homes for the communities there, making them warmer, safer and dryer. Like Rotary, Ignagni believes in Service Above Self.

Ignagni plans to attend college and double major in International Studies and Public Policy.  She is applying to nine colleges and among her top choices are Stanford University, American University, and The Ohio State University. Ignagni is currently enrolled in the most rigorous courses at Oberlin High School and is working the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. She also takes courses at Oberlin College.  Ignagni is proud to be the daughter of Peggi and Anthony Ignagni.