Mason High School senior Ellie Harpen was recognized as The Kiwanis Club of Mason's September Student of the Month. Harpen was nominated by MHS teacher Jeff Schlaeger.
"Ellie has one of the most infectious personalities I have seen in 15+ years here at Mason. Every type of student is drawn to her positive energy - which is evident in her recent selection as an emcee for the Homecoming Pep Assembly next month," shared Schlaeger.
"She is an elected Senior Board member of Students Involving & Befriending Students (SIBS), and was instrumental in raising more than 17,000 for the Mason Food Pantry last year. She will lead that campaign this year, and is also on the homeroom planning committee. She is a wonderful role model to all students!"
Along with her work with SIBS, Harpen is a reporter for the school's broadcast media station, MBC, member of the cross country team, and plays club soccer. Ellie also volunteers at Western Row as part of the Future Teachers of America Program. She wants to study broadcast journalism, and is considering several out-of-state and Ohio universities.
On September 15, the Kiwanis Club presented Harpen with $50 and a certificate commemorating her achievement. Harpen's mom Fran Harper, grandmother Pat Schroeder, assistant principal Dion Reyes, and nominating teacher Schlaeger joined the Kiwanians in recognizing Harpen's accomplishments. The Mason Kiwanis Club meets weekly on Thursday at Noon the Houston Restaurant in Mason.