OAHS Oxford Rotary Club November Seniors of the Month
Oxford Area High School students Jacob and Noah Hewes were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for November. From left are Rotary Club President Dr. Raymond Fischer; grandparents Jim and Kathleen Sherfesee, Jacob, Noah and parents Jennifer Kienzle and Bryan Hewes.
Oxford Area High School students Jacob and Noah Hewes, sons of Jennifer Kienzle and Bryan Hewes, were recently honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for November.
Jacob is a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and is secretary of the National English Honor Society. He is a member of the high school’s team in the Chester County Academic Competition, the Interact community service club sponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club, represents Oxford on the Chester County Student Forum and is a member of the high school’s Senior Advisory Committee to the Superintendent.
Jacob is president of the high school’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, and on a team with Noah and fellow senior Colin Lilly, competed at the 2018 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference in the American Enterprise Project event, placing sixth. He also qualified for the 2017 state competition in the Financial Math event.
Jacob is a member of the cross-country team, serving as captain his senior season and qualifying for the district championship meet, and the track & field team, in the one- and two-mile events.
Jacob is vice-president of the STEM Club and helped to establish the high school’s newly-chartered chapter of the Science National Honors Society, which inducted its first group of members in November. With his junior year AP chemistry class, Jacob participated in the Project REEL program that included a trip to Ohio State University to interact with college chemistry students and professors, as well as entrepreneurs using the concepts of chemistry to create innovative new products.
This past summer Jacob completed a seven-week internship in the chemical engineering department at the University of Delaware. Working under Dr. Norman Wagner, he assisted in award-wining research involving sheer thickening fluid, a liquid that hardens on impact with a physical force.
After graduation Jacob plans to study chemical engineering. His college choices include Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt universities, the University of Virginia and University of Delaware.
Noah is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, the Science National Honors Society and Interact, and serves as treasurer of the National English Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the STEM Club. He is a member of the cross-country and indoor track teams.
Noah has taken all honors level classes since his freshman year as well as several AP courses. As members of the STEM Club, he and Jacob were part of a team that collaborated on a project for the regional level of the 2017-18 Governor’s PA STEM Competition.
The club members designed the Echo-Vest, a vest that when worn by visually impaired persons can warn them of obstacles in their path through vibrations activated by computer technology. The project earned the club second place in the competition.
As part of a career development initiative in his junior year, Noah had the opportunity to shadow Scott Nichols of the Philadelphia Phillies, who gave Noah a full behind-the-scenes tour of the team’s operations at Citizens Bank Park. Noah was able to meet members of the team’s data analysis department and thought it was a career he would enjoy pursuing.
Based on that visit, Noah contacted the Wilmington Blue Rocks and was given permission to sit in the press box at Frawley Stadium and observe the process of compiling in-game statistics. This led to a job as the team’s DakStats operator.
At each of last season’s Blue Rocks home games, Noah sat behind home plate with a computer, using DakStats sports stats software to keep track of every play and compile statistical information to be analyzed and shared with the team’s front office, coaches, and scouts.
Noah plans to study statistics in college and his choices include the University of North Carolina and Villanova University.