Dakota Liming and Nathan Brinson received the honor of April Students of the Month by the Batavia Rotary Club. The Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self,” is evident in the lives and volunteer work of both students.
Liming is a student at Batavia High School (BHS). He has participated as a member of the Batavia Soccer Team and is involved with the Upward Bound Program. Liming is a member of the Student Council and serves as President of the BHS Rotary Interact Club. Because of these two organizations, Liming has organized or volunteered at activities that include trick or treat at BHS and the Clermont Y, set-up and planning of BHS homecoming, an open house at Auxier Gas, and volunteered at the annual Batavia Rotary spaghetti dinner. Liming is also a volunteer at CASA for Clermont Kids. He devotes his spare time to projects with his church youth group.
“Dakota is a young man who has certainly evolved in his last two years of school,” said Felicia Grooms, BHS Guidance Counselor. “Anything you ask him to do, he is always willing to help. Dakota is one of those kids the teachers are thankful for having in their class.”
After graduation, Liming is looking forward to attending Ohio University where he will major in Meteorology.
Brinson is a senior at CNE. He was cast as the lead in “Shrek” this spring at CNE, and those present at the Rotary meeting teased him about how the teachers could have chosen such an ‘ogre’ as Student of the Month.
“How can we give this award to a student who spent the weekend scaring small children?” asked John Eckert, CNE High School Principal. “As an ogre on stage, he was great. As a student, he is someone who does everything full force.”
Brinson has been involved in CNE school musicals for many years. He is also a member of the high school band and participates on the Academic Quiz Team. Brinson was a member of the Look to Clermont teen leadership program during the 2012-13 school year, and has served as a mentor for the 2013-14 Look to Clermont team. He has served as a leader at the CNE Drama Camp and has assisted with several middle school plays over the years.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, Brinson was in the fourth grade. He was so upset about the destruction that occurred and people’s loss of property, that he asked his parents if he could do something about it. He started collecting donations on a small level, which became a large-scale community effort in no time at all. With the help of his parents, Brinson contacted Two Men and a Truck and prepared the load for transport to Louisiana.
Brinson’s plans for graduation include attending Ohio University. He hopes to be part of the Marching 110 Band.
“Our community is a good place,” said Ed Nurre, Student of the Month Coordinator. “This is because of you (the students) and the wonderful things you do.”
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.
Batavia Rotary meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 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.