• Oxford Rotary Club October Seniors of the Month

    october rotary seniors of the month Oxford Area High School students Kaitlin Bell and Finn Warren were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for October. From left are David, Tiffany and Kaitlin Bell; Rotary Club President Dr. Raymond Fischer; and Finn and Kevin Warren.

    Oxford Area High School students Kaitlin Bell and Finn Warren were recently honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for October.

    Kaitlin, daughter of Tiffany and David Bell, is a member of National Honor Society and president of the high school’s chapter of Future Farmers of America. Beginning in her freshman year, Kaitlin has been a member of the second cohort of students to be enrolled at Cecil College as part of the high school’s Early College Academy program.

    The program gives students the opportunity to take college credit courses taught by Cecil professors at both the high school and at the North East, Maryland campus. This spring, Kaitln and the other cohort members will be awarded associate’s degrees from Cecil College in addition to receiving their high school diplomas.

    Growing up on her family’s farm, Kaitlin has been a member of the Chester County 4H Club since she was eight years old, raising and showing Angus cattle at local and state livestock competitions. In high school she began judging cattle as well, and was a member of a 4H team that    was named Pennsylvania state champions in the livestock judging competition at the 2016 Penn State 4H State Achievement Days event.

    With this honor, the team qualified to participate in livestock judging competitions throughout the United States. After earning top three finishes at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado and the Fort Worth Stock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, Kaitlin’s team qualified to compete in the International Livestock Judging Contest at the Royal Highlands Livestock Show in Scotland, traveling last fall with over 50 other 4H members from across the United States on a trip that also included a visit to Ireland.

    This past January, Kaitlin was crowned 2018 Pennsylvania Angus Queen at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. She was eligible for the honor as a three-year active member of the Pennsylvania Junior Angus Association, and throughout this year has traveled to livestock shows throughout Pennsylvania and the United States to promote Angus cattle production.

    After graduation Kaitlin plans to attend Kansas State University to study agricultural business management.

    Finn, son of Jenifer and Kevin Warren, is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. He is treasurer of the high school’s chapter of Interact, a community service club of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club.

    Finn is president of the high school’s chapter of Aevidum, a youth empowerment initiative that promotes conversation and awareness about mental health issues and suicide prevention. Formed by a group of students at Cocolico High School in Lancaster County in 2003, Aevidum has grown to include over 150 clubs in elementary, middle, and high schools and colleges throughout Pennsylvania and other states.

    Finn is student liaison to the Oxford Educational Foundation and a voting member of its Board of Directors. He serves on the organization’s Special Projects Committee, which reviews and awards enrichment grants to Oxford Area School District teachers for classroom projects and materials.

    Finn was recently named an AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken or 3 or higher on five or more AP exams. After graduation he plans to attend Swarthmore College to study psychology.