Four students were named Teens of the Month during their senior year of high school by the Portage County Teen Board.
The following students were chosen:
Cali Apthorpe was a senior at Windham High School and carried a 4.0 grade point average. In all four years of high school, she took part in STAMP (helped organize and lead Kick Butts), English Festival at Youngstown State University, basketball, volleyball (captain in 12th), and Student Council (vice president).
She was a member of the National Honor Society in 10th through 12th grade, worked the basketball concession stand in 11th and 12th grade and served as a student-trainer’s aide in 12th grade.
Cali was a Garrettsville Summerfest Idol finalist in 10th and 11th grade, is a member of the United Methodist Church, and served on the Volunteer Squad and helped with Salvation Army, elementary dances, and bake sales in ninth through 12th grade.
She was a stat keeper for boys basketball in 10th through 12th grade and kept the book/?stats for baseball in 12th grade.
Her list of awards and recognitions includes:
• Nominated for Gifted Evaluation in Art (December 2016)
• Gold President’s Award (nine through 12) 4.0 all four years
• Letter — Basketball (nine through 12)
• Letter — Volleyball (nine through 12) Bomber Award and four-year letter (12)
• Attended Leadership Conference at Ohio State University to display history program
• Attended Ohio High School Athletic Association Leadership Conference at OSU (11)
• Honor roll, perfect attendance, volunteer awards for hours, Principal’s Award, Citizenship Award, Academic, Northeast Ohio Academic, Foreign Language Excellence
Cali’s hobbies include basketball, volleyball, donating to those in need, volunteering for the community, helping the boys’ athletic programs, and spending time with family.
She has earned 24-plus credit hours in College Credit Plus at Kent State University in 11th and 12th grade and has worked at Midway Grill every summer since the eighth grade.
In the future, Cali plans to attend Youngstown State University, possibly in the Honors Program, to become a physical therapist and work in a school/?hospital to help children.
Brendan Mohan was a senior at Rootstown High School with a 3.6 grade point average. He took part in soccer and was a member of Student Council all four years of high school.
He served as mascot (spirit leader) in 10th through 12th grade, took part in Student Government in 10th and 11th grade, and was on the prom committee in 11th grade.
In 11th and 12th grade, Brendan was a member of the Blu Crew, the Rover Round Table and National Honor Society. His community leadership and participation includes serving as the Rootstown Community Mascot, and volunteering for the St. Anthony of Padua spaghetti dinner and at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna.
He was the Ronald McDonald House mascot for the Tackle the Tower event and volunteered at the Rootstown Lions Club Easter egg hunt.
Brendan’s awards and recognitions include the following:
• Scholar Athlete — Fall 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Winter 2015 and 2016
• Lettered in soccer — 2013-16
• Lettered in cheer — 2015-16
His hobbies are reading, mascotting, soccer, cooking, biking, jogging, working out, volunteering, and attending Rootstown sporting events.
Brendan’s work experience includes factory work in Tallmadge, baseball mascot for the Akron Rubber Ducks and sports mascot for Kent State University.
In the future, he plans to attend college for engineering and continue mascotting. After graduation, he’d like to find both a mascotting and an engineering job.
Nicole Tacsar was a senior at Streetsboro High School and carried at 4.3475 grade point average. In all four years of high school, she was a member of the cheerleading squad (captain) and a member of Student Council (officer). She served as a class officer in ninth through 11th grade (president, vice president, secretary), and was in the Spanish Club in 11th grade.
Nicole has been a member of Actively Caring for People in 10th through 12th grade, was a mentor for freshman mentoring/?orientation in 11th and 12th grade and took part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp in 11th grade.
She worked with Streetsboro Strong for the 2013 and 2014 golf outing, did cleanup projects for the elderly, took part in Adopt-a-Spot, hosted a van art table at People’s Alliance for Streetsboro Schools fundraisers in 2012-14 and painted community fire hydrants in 2014.
Nicole helped at Campus Elementary School’s children after-care program for 35-plus hours and volunteered 100-plus hours at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna.
Her awards and recognitions include:
• Scholar Athlete Award for three years
• Varsity Letter in sophomore, junior and senior years
• Economics and Financial Literacy Award
• Rotary Student of the Month
Nicole took part in the College Credit Plus Program at Kent State University in the spring semester, worked as a hostess at Chicago Deli and Grill in Solon in 2013-14, and has been a waitress there since 2014.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, volunteering, reading and photography. In the future, she plans to attend the Ohio State University and study optometry.
Will Kulis was a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent with a 3.92 grade point average.
He interviewed and was accepted into an experiential learning program for freshmen and sophomores with an emphasis on leadership, self-reliance and the Socratic Method. Field experiences included camping trips, service projects, and history tours throughout Ohio, New York and West Virginia.
His junior year was focused on exploring careers in engineering. Lab and classroom study were paired with rotations in fields of various engineering technologies.
Senior year focused on academics in preparation for the collegiate environment.
Will’s extracurricular involvement included:
• Golf, grades nine and 10
• Swimming, grades nine, 10 and 11, three varsity letters
• Lacrosse, grades nine, 10 and 11, two varsity letters
• Assisting with Special Olympics Swim Team
• Men’s Chorus, grade nine
• Choralworks, grades 10 through 12
• Concert Band, grades nine through 11
• Kent State University All-Star Choir nominee
• Student Council, grades nine through 12
• Freshmen Mentors, grades 10 through 12
• Junior class auction and prom committee
• Inbound German Exchange
Will served in multiple leadership roles with Boy Scout Troop No. 252 in Kent including Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He attended two high adventure camps, Sea Base and Philmont Scout Rand, and earned all ranks and required merit badges to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in September 2015.
At the United Methodist Church of Kent, Will served as an acolyte and a Sunday School assistant. He was active in the youth handbell and vocal choirs, service projects, and mission trips to Mountain TOP in Grundy County, Tenn., and YouthWorks in Minnesota.
His Leadership, Honors and Recognition include:
• Roosevelt class of 2017 class president, grades eight through 12
• 2016-17 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board
• American Legion Buckeye Boys State attendee, June 2016
• National Honor Society inductee, 2015
• Roosevelt Leadership Retreat — Planning committee assistant (10), attendee (11), planning committee (12)
• Rough Rider Award, Swim Team, 2013-14 and 2014-15, Team Most Valuable Player, 2016, co-captain, 2016-17
• District Championship Qualifier, Swimming, Breast stroke, grades 10 and 11; Northeast Classic Qualifier, grade 11
• Portage Trail Conference/?Suburban League Scholar Athlete Award, grades nine, 10 and 11
• First Team, All Conference — Swimming 2016
• Lions Club Award for freshman year 2014; Rotary Student of the Month 2016
• Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow (Brotherhood) and National Youth Leadership Training participant
• Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award
Will’s employment history includes maintenance and lawn care for Delta Gamma Fraternity, 2012-16; maintenance in shop and field laborer on construction sites for Wright Heating and Cooling, 2014 to present; and coach of pre-kindergarten to elementary swimmers with the Sea Riders Swim Team, 2015-16.
His hobbies include chickens, woodworking and fishing. In the future, he plans to become a pre-law/?business major at Miami University or the Ohio State University to pursue a career that "allows me to be of service to others."