Student Service Awards winners announced

By Nathan Pilling npilling@civitasmedia.com

May 21, 2014

XENIA — The three recipients of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Student Service Awards and accompanying scholarships have been announced. The winners, all seniors at Xenia High School, are Haley Fite, Rachel McClellan and Stephanie Williams.

The $500 college scholarships were awarded by the Partners in Education Committee of the chamber. Nominees were narrowed down based on academic records, community service contributions and overall committment to the Xenia community. The committee then made the final selections based on individual interviews.

“I think they’re great representatives of the Xenia Community School District,” said Ron Bolender, co-chairman of the committee. “Each of them showed in different ways how much they care for the community.”

The three award recipients were recognized at Xenia High School’s scholarship awards assembly on May 16.

Haley Fite. Fite has been active in the Chemistry Club, Health Occupations Students of America and the National Honor Society. Her volunteer service included over 430 hours working at Soin Medical Center and with the Greene-Soin Foundation. She has also volunteered with the United Way of Greater Dayton. She is the daughter of Scarlet Fite. Haley will attend the University of Cincinnati and will study marketing and design.

Rachel McClellan. McClellan’s activities include FFA, Student Council, Renaissance, Chemistry Club, International Club and the National Honor Society. She has also been a fixture within the athletic department as a volunteer student trainer and has completed over 1,000 hours of service. She has also helped with Safety City, tutored at Tecumseh Elementary, worked as a 4-H counselor and assisted with the Spring Valley Fire Department pancake breakfast. She is the daughter of Jerry and Susan McClellan. Rachel will attending The Ohio State University where she will study agri-science education.

Stephanie Williams. Williams’s involvement at Xenia high School included Young Life, Renaissance and National Honor Society. She has volunteered extensively at the local food pantry, Safety City, Loaves and Fishes, and the Sugartree Ministries Food Pantry. She has volunteered as an activity aid through both the Tecumseh and McKinley Elementary Parent Teacher Organizations. Stephanie has also helped at the vacation Bible school through her church. She is the daughter of Renee Ackerman and Donnie Williams. Stephanie will attend Cedarville University where she will study early childhood education.