Teens of the Month named

By: Donna Alexander Published:

The Portage County Teen Board has selected Rena Meadows of James A. Garfield High School, Andrew Bonecutter of Waterloo High School and Michael Downey of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent as Portage County Teens of the Month for December.

Selection is based on academic excellence, leadership, and school and community involvement.

Rena is the daughter of James and Claudia Meadows of Garrettsville. Rena carries a 4.0 grade point average and ranks first in her class of 114. At James A. Garfield High School, Rena serves as a Teen Board representative, president of French Club, team captain of Quiz Bowl and captain of Flag Line. She is also active in Band, Portage County Pre-Professional Academy for Medical, National Honor Society, and Interact and Ohio Academic Decathlon.

In her community, she is involved in community blood drives, Camp Fitch counselor, candy striping, youth group, and community projects with Interact. Rena has been recognized as student of the month for three years, member of National Honor Roll, Whos Who Among American High School students, Presidential Leadership Nomination, Buckeye Girls State Delegate, Band and Academic letters, YSUs Ohio Summer Honors Institute and Outstanding Achievement in French and Advanced Mathematics.

Her hobbies include swimming, reading, watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with her friends. Rena believes that a Teen of the Month should take pride in their school and community, stand up for what they believe and be a role model for society. They should also use leadership skills and an open mind to make a difference in their community.

Upon graduating from James A. Garfield High School, Rena intends to attend college and become a pediatrician.

Andrew is the son of Jason and Patty Bonecutter of Atwater. He ranks first in his class of 82 and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Andrew believes a Teen of the Month should exhibit qualities of leadership, enthusiasm, intelligence, good decision-making skills, character, and organization. They should serve as a role model to other students and be respected by their classmates.

At Waterloo High School, Andrew is co-captain of the basketball team and serves as a Teen Board representative. He also is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Bible Study, Homecoming Court, Prom Committee, and Track.

In his community he coaches youth basketball, is active in church youth group, and community projects. Andrew has been recognized for Honor Roll for four years, a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program and lettered in basketball and track. Andrews hobbies include working on his car, playing basketball, and spending time with his friends.

Upon graduating from Waterloo High School, Andrew plans on attending college and majoring in software engineering.

Michael is the son of Steve and Maria Downey of Kent. He ranks third in his class of 350 and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Michael believes a Teen of the Month should consistently maintain a top rate grade point average in classes of top-rated difficulty. They must freely and regularly give of themselves to the community to the best of their ability.

A Roosevelt High School, Michael serves as president of National Honor Society and is involved in Speech and Debate, tennis, Drama Guild, Film Society, Marching Band, and Chess Club.

In his community he serves as president of his Senior Youth Group, is active in Crop Walk, Hosana Youth Choir, and church council. Michael has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar Semi-finalist, Citizen of the Month at Roosevelt, Speech and Debate State Qualifier, and Letter Winner in Tennis. Michaels hobbies include spending time with his friends, conversing about philosophy, physics or politics, watching movies or playing games, competing with friends, classmates, and family in tennis and keeping himself challenged both physically and intellectually.

Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School, Michael plans on attending college and perhaps pursue a career in teaching.

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