Elks name Teens of Month

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 announced the Senior and Junior Teenagers of the Month for January. Senior Teenagers are Francesca Basil of Weirton Madonna High School and Jacob Rozmus of Burgettstown High School. Junior Teenagers are Preston Compos and Kalista Rachelle Helmick, both of Oak Glen Middle School

Basil, the daughter of Dr. John and Mary Basil of Weirton, has a Grade Point Average of 4.07. Her honors and awards include Hugh O’Brien and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and All Conference Academic Award. She lettered three years in track and field and the Madonna varsity cheering squad.

She is a member of National Honor Society, class president, Outdoor Club treasurer and Ski Club vice president.

Basil also is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Prayer Club, Interact, Drama, Jets, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Literary Magazine, Outdoor Club, Pep Club and the Madonna Travel and Tourism Club, having traveled on an international trip to Switzerland, Italy and France.

She is a minister and mass reader for Madonna High School masses, volunteers for Rosary Rally, cheering camp, Junior and Senior Prom Committee, Community Bread Basket, Serra Manor, Urban Missions, Salvation Army, Mary H. Weir Library and serves Thanksgiving Dinners to the less fortunate.

Basil has been accepted to West Virginia University, where she plans to major in Business and Economics.

Rozmus, the son of Matthew Rozmus of Burgettstown and the late Teresa Rozmus, maintains a GPA of 3.0. He received the Silver President’s Award for Educational Achievement and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Rozmus is football statistician at Burgettstown High School and is on the track and field team. He holds memberships in the Music Club, Physics Club, Youth Group, Guitar Club and Dartball League. He is Bavington Boy Scout Troop 1396 Senior Patrol Leader and Order of the Arrow Troop representative.

His community services include roadside trash cleanup, cemetery cleanup, community park landscaping and flag retirement ceremonies. He also volunteers at vacation Bible school and church picnics.

Rozmus’ future plans are to attend either Grover City College, Robert Morris College or Geneva College to study either mechanical engineering or civil engineering.

Compos, son of George and Glenda Compos of New Cumberland, is an academic scholar at Oak Glen Middle School and is in the Advanced Pre-Algebra and Pre-Geometry classes and a leader in the math class. He has earned the Principal’s Honor Roll, been nominated for the National Young Scholars Program, People to People Program and elected to Student Council. Compos was a member of the school’s football, basketball and track team that won the BMC championship.

Compos likes to build things with power tools and helping his father build shelters for outside animals. He wants to be an architect.

Helmick, daughter of Kevin and Debbie Helmich of New Cumberland, is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and is a “Star Student.” She also is in the Gifted Class at Oak Glen Middle School. She participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest, winning first place in the competition sponsored by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.

Her community services include picking up trash at the swimming pool, volunteering at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, visiting and singing at retirement homes during the Christmas season.

Helmick’s plans after graduation are to earn a degree to teach second grade or kindergarten students or to become a college professor.