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Monroeville's top 5 students will miss friends, teachers

Cary Ashby • Jun 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM

MONROEVILLE — The top-five academic students at Monroeville High School will miss their friends and teachers after they graduate. 

The commencement ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Monroeville Athletic Complex. The top five students are Amelia Ruggles, Ashlyn Tommas, Morgan Ensign, Carson Hauler and Emileigh Darr. 

Ruggles, the daughter of Marc and Betsy, is ranked No. 1. Her fondest memories as an Eagle were the senior class ski trip, FFA conventions, Academic Challenge competitions and cheering at the football and basketball games.

“I will miss seeing my friends and teachers every day as well as all of my activities,” said Ruggles, whose advice to underclassmen is “take very single opportunity that is given to you.”

Her top awards, achievements and activities include: Graduating with summa cum laude honors, student of the quarter and year in various subjects, cheerleading, 4-H, FFA, Academic Challenge, Teen Leadership Corps (TLC), National Honor Society, Model UN, Renaissance Club and the Monroeville service learning committee.

“I have achieved over 500 community service hours and hold the highest number of hours at Monroeville,” she said.

Ruggles will attend Capital University in the fall, studying business administration and law.

“I have also been selected to be in the brand-new Bonner community service and leadership program at Capital,” she said.

Tommas, the daughter of Mike and Joni, is ranked second.

Her fondest Monroeville memories are related to sports.

Tommas was a member of the Eagles softball team, which had a 24-4 record this season. She said she also fondly recalled “hitting walk-off running hits against Crestview my junior and senior years.” Other softball memories being named Firelands Conference player of the year and first-team, all-Ohio her senior year and with the volleyball team, Tommas played at state her sophomore year.

“I wil miss playing sports with my teammates, seeing my friends and our close-knit community,” said Tommas, who told underclassmen “don’t wish it away because it goes by fast.”

Her top awards, achievements and activities include: Softball (first-team, all-Ohio; FC player of the year, four varsity letters; first-team all-academic; and offensive and defensive MVP), basketball (first-team, all-FC; all-district; first-team all-academic; three-point game record-holder; three-point season record-holder and three varsity letters); volleyball (all-FC, all-district, all-academic, offensive MVP and four varsity letters); National Honor Society, student council, class vice president, TLC, Renaissance Club, FFA, yearbook, Peru Patriots 4-H Club, Camp Conger 4-H counselor and senior homecoming attendant.

“I am furthering my academic and softball career at Lourdes University. I see myself as a successful nurse practicioner (in 10 years),” Tommas said.

Ensign is ranked third. She is the daughter of Scott and Elaine Bartlett and the late Gregg Ensign.

“My junior year I competed at the SkillsUSA state competition and placed second in (the) Quiz Bowl. Standing on the podium with my teammates is a feeling I’ll never forget,” Morgan Ensign said.

“I truly believe going to EHOVE (Career Center) was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The two years I spent there are near and dear to my heart and I’ll miss all the little things that made my experience there what it was.”

Ensign’s advice to underclassmen is don’t regret anything.

“It’s much easier said than done, but all of your mistakes and questionable decisions provide an opportunity to learn and to grow and to get one step closer to the person you want to be,” she said.

Her top awards, achievements and activities include: National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), SkillsUSA, becoming a licensed STNA through the EHOVE medical careers program and being accepted into honors college.

“In the fall I’ll be headed to The University of Akron as a nursing major — the first step toward my goal of working in pediatric oncology. In 10 years, I see myself doing what I consider my life’s work: supporting sick children during the fight for their life,” Ensign said.

The fondest Eagle memory for Hauler, the son of Aaron and Patty, was the senior trip to Seven Springs, Pa. and learning how to ski.

“Lots of funny memories and I got closer with some of my classmates,” he said. “(I will miss) the countless relationships I built with teachers and classmates and even people within the community. You know everyone with a class size as small as our graduating class (is) and I will miss having conversations with each and every on of them.”

Hauler’s advice to underclassmen is to “get close to all of your classmates and get involved with everything you can that may even peak your interest.”

“Never be afraid to ask for help no matter what the issue may be, someone is always willing to help,” he added.

His top awards, achievements and activities include: Two-time, first-team all-academic in baseball, National Honor Society, four-time academic letter-winner, two-time varsity baseball letter-winner and graduating with a diploma with honors.

Hauler, who will attend BGSU Firelands, said “in 10 years, I see myself supporting my family with a great job earned from my college education.”

Darr, the daughter of Tony and Amy, said her fondest Monroeville memories are the Friday night football games as a cheerleader and in the marching band. She will miss seeing her friends and “favorite teachers” every day.

“Don’t waste your time obsessing over the little things and just do what makes you happy,” said Darr in her advice to underclassmen.

Her top awards, achievements and activities include: Consistently being on the honor roll, cheerleading captain, section leader in the marching band, National Honor Society and NTHS.

Darr will attend the nursing school at Kent State University. In 10 years, she said she envisions working as a nurse and “starting a beautiful family.”

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