The Portage County Teen Board has chosen Jake Graff of Rootstown and Sarah Mikati of Kent as the Teens of the Month for May.
The son of Greg and Janice Graff of Rootstown, Jake ranks first in his class at Ravenna High School with a grade point average of 4.0.
He has been a member of the band for all four years of high school, served with leadership in 10th, 11th and 12th grades, serving as its president in his last year.
Jake was a member of National Honor Society in his junior and senior years and a member of Student Council in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
He earned honors as a scholar athlete and bowling letter-winner in 2011 and earned an academic award all four years of high school.
His community involvement includes volunteering through leadership and NHS and being a member of the youth staff of Project PANDA, a drug prevention program for middle school students.
His hobbies include reading, camping and hanging out with friends. After high school, Jake plans to attend Kent State University and major in sociology.
Sarah Mikati is the daughter of Fetna Mikati of Kent and Fadel Mikati of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
She ranks first in her class of 300 at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent and has a 4.0 GPA.
During her high school years, Sarah has been involved with choir, French Club, Drama Club, Student Council, Varsity Women Ensemble, Advanced Choral Ensemble and Orchestra. She also was involved in swimming, tennis, independent studies, Expedition Academy and piano.
Sarah was a school representative for the Portage County Teen Board, the HOBY Leadership Seminar and Buckeye Girls State, was a delegate (choir representative) for Leadership Retreat and was a member of National Honor Society.
She was on the honor roll and received the Koby Book Award and the French Outstanding Student Award.
Sarah earned the Ohio State Provost Scholarship for $3,000 per year, the Academic Excellence Scholarship for $23,000 per year, Case Western, and the Scarlet and Gray Grant/Scholarship for $7,000 per year.
Her community involvement includes volunteering for various organizations including Safety School at the Child Development Center Daycare in Kent, Kent Social Services, the Palestine Children's Relief Organization in Palestine and Portage Learning Centers Head Start.
Sarah enjoys singing, playing the piano and guitar, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Her future plans are to double major in journalism and international relations in the honors program at the Ohio State University and become a traveling journalist (political and cultural).