In The Halls….Marysville High School


September Seniors of the Month
Featured Senior Emily Cook
Emily Cook is one of four featured seniors for In The Halls this month. Emily is the daughter of David and Michelle Cook. She has been involved in many clubs and sports throughout her four years at Marysville High School, including golf, student council, track, and a teacher assistant.
Another hobby she enjoys is YEA: the Young Entrepreneur Academy in Union County. Through this program, she was given the opportunity to develop her business idea and present it to an investor panel.
Her favorite memory through her four years has been the van rides with her golf team. She enjoyed the bonds that were formed and the laughs they all shared. She believes what she will miss most is the wonderful friendships that were made and the fun times she had. Her plans after high school are to attend college and study engineering.
“I am thankful for the excellent teachers at MHS that have made an impact on my life and my learning,” she said.
Featured Senior Cassidy Page
Cassidy Page, daughter of Brenda Page, is looking forward to graduating with the class of 2017. Throughout her time at MHS, she has been a teacher assistant for four years, a member of FFA, holding the Sentinel position in 2015, and has also been active in 4-H.
Outside of class, she is part of the American Quarter Horse Association and has shown horses for ten years and is often busy with community volunteering and service. Her favorite memory of Marysville High School is being Mrs. Burns teacher assistant and sharing good times with friends Cameron Rufus, Blake Cingle, and Anna Rucker.
The one thing she will miss most about MHS is all of the great friends she has made and all of the great teachers she has learned from. After graduation, she plans to attend Ohio State and major in Business.
Featured Senior Cameron Rufus
Cameron Rufus, son of Dennis and Ruth Ehrenberger, is a senior at Marysville High School set to graduate this year.
Throughout his years in high school, Cameron has been involved in many activities, including the National Honor Society, Monarchs Football Scholar Athlete, Accounting Club, Student Leadership Academy, and is the finance director of DECA Club. Outside of school, Cameron can often be found volunteering at the local Hope Center and Heartland Nursing Home.
His favorite memory of MHS is when he was a teacher assistant for Mrs. Burns his 11th grade year and always having fun with friends Cassidy Page and other classmates. The one thing Cameron will miss most about MHS is the amazing teachers in all of his classes.
After graduation, Cameron plans to attend either Syracuse University or Bowling Green State University to major in finance. He will also graduate from MHS with his Business Accounting and Finance Certificate.
Featured Senior Aaron Sullivan
Aaron Sullivan, son of Scott and Melissa Sullivan, is set to graduate this year from Marysville High School. Throughout his years at MHS Aaron has been involved with the bowling team, is a member of the local cycling club and the Ohio Interscholastic Racing League, and has worked in the office in addition to being a photographer for In The Halls. Outside of school, Aaron is involved in snowboarding, running, trap shooting, and waterskiing.
Aaron’s favorite memory from MHS took place when he rode a bicycle 100 miles for Pelotonia, a local organization supporting cancer research, in honor of high school staff or family members that have been touched by cancer. Taking part in this amazing event helped Aaron to become more courageous and has a new meaning to riding his bike.
The one thing Aaron will miss most is the staff members. He has had a great experience with teachers reaching out to ensure his success.
After high school, Aaron plans to attend a four-year university for marketing management. He also hopes to continue his cycling career into college and well beyond.
Spanish Club opens year with speakers, recipes
The Marysville High School Spanish Club has kicked off for 2016 with new activities, projects, and plenty of food. The club focuses on teaching high school students about the Spanish and Latin cultures as a whole, with an emphasis on culinary and lingual education.
“This year we are hoping to do even more including more cooking, celebrating holidays, community service, and at least one trip to a Mexican restaurant in Marysville,” Ms. Seay, an advisor for the club, explained in an interview. “The students are learning about celebrations, pop culture, food, and more.”
This isn’t the first year this organization has made its way into after school agendas. Since November 2015 the club has been led by Seay and the other Spanish teachers at MHS. However, this year has proven to hold greater promises than last year, with more students than ever before.
“Last year we cooked, played games, watched videos and movies, and learned about different holidays,” Seay explained. “About 15-20 students have come to our first two meetings. So far we’ve had a good turnout, and students seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Along with a growing member list, the club has also begun hosting guest speakers from foreign countries. “We plan to have more Spanish-speaking guests come in or talk to us via Skype,” Seay said. “A Spanish Club member’s grandmother came in to teach us how to make chicken with mole, a popular sauce in Mexico. She is from Mexico and brought in all of the ingredients, which was really nice and helpful.”
In the coming weeks, enjoyable festivities are planned at the Spanish Club, including the creation of holiday crafts. At their meeting yesterday, students made decorations for Dia de los Muertos, or Dav of the Dead.
“We also plan to order Spanish Club T-Shirts soon,” Seay said.
While Seay explained that future plans are still ambiguous, she also stated that students will have a large part in how the club develops.
The organization is facilitated by Seay and co-advised by Mr. Fencil at MECHS. It is also assisted by other Spanish teachers at the high schools.
Leo Club starts with blood drive, tutoring, and community food drive
Leo Club is making big progress already this year.
On Sept. 28, the club hosted their first of many blood drives. In addition, the Leo Club has received many volunteer requests from elementary schools as well as the Hope Center to tutor children.
Looking forward, Leo Club is excited to start collecting food for the food pantry and several families in the community as this is the kick-off for the holiday season.
In the meantime, the Leo Club is busy with a membership drive to increase participation and more opportunities to give back to our Marysville community. If a current member brings in a new person to join the club, they may receive one service hour.
The Leo Club is a school and community-based volunteer program advised by Nancy White, an instructor at Marysville High School.  Those who are interested in participating can see a Leo club member about joining.

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