Oxford Rotary Club February Seniors of the Month
Oxford Area High School students Julia Gunzel and Michael Alex Schoessler were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for February. From left are Oxford Area School District Superintendent David Woods; Principal James Canaday; Rotary Club President Dr. Raymond Fischer; Andrea and Julia Gunzel and Alex, Shelly and Ross Schoessler.
Oxford Area High School students Julia Gunzel and Alex Schoessler were recently honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for February.
Julia, daughter of Andrea and Edward Gunzel, is a member of National Honor Society and vice-president of the Class of 2019. Her favorite subjects are science and engineering, and she is currently in her fourth year of the high school’s Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum with a course in civil engineering. With her junior year AP chemistry class, Julia 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 who are using the concepts of chemistry to create innovative new products.
Julia completed her third year on the varsity field hockey team, serving as captain and being named to the All Ches-Mont League Second Team and Daily Local News All-Area Honorable Mention. She was voted team MVP in her junior year. Julia is also starting her fourth season of varsity lacrosse.
Julia enjoys playing the piano and has performed many recitals throughout the area. She is also a devoted fan of the New York Giants.
After graduation Julia plans to study engineering at either Penn State or Virginia Tech University.
Alex, son of Shelly and Ross Schoessler, is a member of National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the STEM Club. Like Julia, he also traveled to Ohio State University with their classmates and AP chemistry teacher Brian Urig to share ideas with chemistry majors and instructors as well as members of the business community.
With the STEM Club, Alex was part of a team that placed fourth at the regional level of the 2018 Governor’s PA STEM Competition, designing a fingerprint scanner for authorizing access to school classrooms. He was also a member of the team that earned second place in the 2017 competition, for its design of a vest that when worn by visually impaired persons can warn them of obstacles in their path through vibrations activated by computer technology.
Alex is beginning his second year as a pitcher and catcher on the varsity baseball team, after helping the Hornets qualify for the district playoffs in his junior year. He has also played on several summer travel teams.
After graduation Alex plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering. His choices include Swarthmore College, where is being recruited to play baseball; the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, Duke and Johns Hopkins universities.