FEATURED STUDENT: Eleni Packis
Eleni Packis, a Westlake High School senior, is making a difference one day at a time in her many activities inside and outside of school.
Last fall, Eleni helped organized the Ohio Make A Difference Day as part of her duties as northwest gubernator for the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL), a statewide Latin Club. Eleni and Allison Kao, the northeast gubernator from Shaker Heights High School, designed an Olympic day for Youth Challenge, a nonprofit in Westlake and Shaker Heights that brings together children with disabilities and teen volunteers for adapted sports and recreational activities. Eleni also volunteers throughout the year at Youth Challenge.
Eleni was appointed as a gubernator in April 2013 and acts as a liaison for her designated area through the OJCL. She also is a president of the Westlake High School Latin Club (part of a triumvirate), which has 35 students and is led by Lisa Patton.
Along with her Latin interests, Eleni is a captain of the WHS Varsity Academic Challenge team and assists the Lee Burneson Academic Challenge Team. During marching band season she played piccolo and served as a section leader and special event coordinator. Her musical talents extend to the flute, which she plays in WHS’ symphonic band, where she serves as band librarian. She also plays the flute in a local jazz ensemble that performs at local venues. She also has been a member of the WHS cross country team throughout high school.
While she is undecided about where she will continue her education after graduation, Eleni plans to pursue a law degree.