Owen Phillips: London Rotary’s Student of the Month for Madison-Plains

Owen Phillips

(Posted April 16, 2020)

The London Rotary Club is pleased to honor senior Owen Phillips as Madison-Plains High School’s April Student of the Month.

Students of the month are selected by school administrators based on their academic and extracurricular achievement and positive character.

Phillips has a 3.8 grade point average. His favorite courses are College Credit Plus Western Civilization and Cultural Diversity. He is president of Spanish Club and Chess Club and is a staff member of Aquila (yearbook) and the Eagle Editorial.

Phillips is a four-year member of Drama Club, including serving as stage manager for the 2019 winter production.  He is a four-year member of Key Club and has served as Student Council president. He is a member of Madison-Plains’ chapter of the National Honor Society. This past fall, the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center recognized Phillips as a S.T.A.R. Student.

When asked to name a staff member who inspires him, he named Spanish teacher Señora Victoria Opalla.

“I find her to be one of the most inspiring people I have ever met,” he said. “She has taught me so much about the world, about language and culture, but also about kindness, respect and how to learn about others and ourselves.

“Señora never has a bad attitude. She rarely gets discouraged and is truly interested in her students as people, not just as students. I truly believe that who I am today is a much smarter, more well-rounded, more open-minded person than before I met her.”

About Phillips, Opalla said, “Owen’s academic and extracurricular achievements are very impressive. However, what impresses me the most is his sense of wonderment, his ability to assess situations critically, and to connect and respect other people’s cultures and different point of views.”

After graduation, Phillips plans to attend The Ohio State University. He is the son of Tim and Barb Phillips.

The London Rotary Club has a proud history dating back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build good will and peace.

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