Their academic ambition and willingness to serve their communities made both students an obvious choice to receive this award.
Mohring is a senior at Clermont Northeastern High School (CNE). She has been intrigued with science for many years and has continued to take as many classes as she can in this field.
“Makayla is now enrolled in the last possible science class she could ever take at CNE,” said John Eckert, CNE Principal. “She has a strong Grade Point Average and is a strong student in general.”
Mohring’s love of science has driven her to choose county coroner as her career choice. She has been working with a Navy Recruiter and exploring the Armed Forces. She also plans to attend the University of Colorado to study biochemistry as she pursues classes that are geared toward Medical Examiner studies.
In addition to her interest in science, Mohring’s high school accomplishments include writing for the CNE school newspaper, participating in LEO Club, being a member of the Conservation Club, and wrestling during her junior year. She volunteers in the community by handing out flyers for local bands that play in the Newport/Cincinnati area and helps the homeless by packing lunches a local shelters.
“Makayla has a way of helping other students,” said Eckert. “She pulls others along academically, while helping herself along the way.”
Neff is a senior at Batavia High School. She is ranked in the top five percent of her class, having eared high honor roll since her freshman year of high school.
She currently maintains above a 4.0 weighted Grade Point Average while holding down a rigorous senior schedule that includes a variety of honors, AP, and post-secondary classes.
“Leah’s most recent and outstanding honor is being a National Merit Scholarship Competition semi-finalist,” said Felicia Grooms, Batavia High School Guidance Counselor. “This is a national scholarship competition in which finalists are determined by pre-SAT scores. We are so proud of Leah.”
Neff’s extracurricular activities include softball, yearbook, Mock Trial, and the Science Challenge. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is an outstanding artist. In 2011, she won the Ohio Civil Rights Commission Dr. Martin Luther King poster contest.
Outside of school, Neff is involved in her community. She is active in her church youth group and volunteers with the Christian Urban Ministry Outreach. She also volunteers with the Calico Children’s theater, Circle Tail shelter, and has served as a summer naturalist volunteer at Newport Aquarium where she logged over 100 hours.
“Leah is an exceptional student and is well respected by both her peers and teachers at BHS,” said Grooms. “She is a thoughtful, kind, caring, and generous young woman who is mindful of others.”
The Batavia Rotary Club recognizes high school students from BHS and CNE each month throughout the regular school year. Students are nominated for this award for their school work and service to their community in keeping with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
Batavia Rotary meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Hawk Building on Taylor Road, Clermont County Airport. Prospective new members and visiting Rotarians are always welcome.
For more information, visit www.batavia-rotary.org.