• Oxford Rotary Club January Seniors of the Month

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    Oxford Area High School students Sam Blevins and Michael Walling were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for January. From left are Oxford Area School District Superintendent David Woods; Principal James Canaday; Michael and Sharon Walling; Rotary Club President Dr. Raymond Fischer; Michael Walling; and Sam, Rebecca and Christopher Blevins.

    Oxford Area High School students Sam Blevins and Michael Walling were recently honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for January.

    Sam, son of Rebecca and Christopher Blevins, is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the Choral Ensemble. This year he was instrumental in establishing a high school chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    A gifted athlete, Sam completed his third year as an offensive lineman on the varsity football team, earning All Ches-Mont League First Team and Daily Local News All-Area Second Team honors and All Eastern Pennsylvania Honorable Mention. As a junior he earned All Ches-Mont Honorable Mention.

    Sam is a four-year member of the varsity wrestling team, competing his senior year as a heavyweight. As a junior he was District runner-up and qualified for the regional championships. As a senior Sam hopes to qualify for and win a medal at the state championships, as his father did for the Hornets in 1995.

    Sam played junior varsity baseball his freshman year and as a junior joined the track and field team in javelin, qualifying for the Ches-Mont championships.

    Sam is enrolled in the Allied Health Program at Chester County Technical College High School, and after graduation plans to study for a career as a physician’s assistant in pediatrics, as well as continue his athletic career. His choices include Grove City College, where he would play football, and Messiah College, where he would join the wrestling team. 

    Michael, son of Sharon and Michael Walling, is vice-president of the high school’s chapter of National Honor Society. As head of the tutoring committee, he coordinates and participates in weekly visits by chapter members to Hopewell Elementary School where they tutor several fifth and sixth grade students.

    Michael is a two-year member and public relations chairman of Interact, a high school level community service club of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club. Last year he helped organize the chapter’s Family Game Night, which benefits a local charity, and will do so again this spring.

    In his sophomore year Michael helped organize the high school’s Ping Pong Club and has worked on club projects to raise funds to support the athletic program.

    Michael has participated in several sports during his high school career. He played junior varsity soccer for three years before joining the varsity as a senior, and served as team captain all four years.

    Michael was a sprinter with the track and field team his freshman and sophomore years and played tennis his junior year.

    After graduation Michael plans to attend college to study aerospace engineering. His choices include Virginia Tech and Purdue University.