Featured Student: Thomas Shelton

Bay High senior Thomas Shelton

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Bay High senior Thomas Shelton would like to be a doctor someday, perhaps a pediatrician. He works with many children in his role as a lifeguard at Bay Village’s aquatic center during the summer, and he is getting experience in a medical environment through his volunteer work at St. John Medical Center.

An excellent student planning to major in pre-medicine, Thomas also gravitates to the fine arts, winning numerous awards for both visual arts and writing. This year he won a Gold Key award in the region’s Scholastic Arts competition, and he has previously won prizes in the PTA Reflections fine arts competitions. 

He volunteers with a number of service groups like Bay High’s Key Club, and he works with fellow students to inform others about making positive lifestyle choices through his school’s S.A.D.D. organization. He works with his group of class officers planning this year's class prom. This past fall, he was voted by his peers to Bay High’s homecoming court.

Thomas has played the cello with Bay Village Schools orchestras for six years. He writes for Bay High’s student newspaper, the Bay Window. He has been a member of Bay High’s swim team and enjoys Ski Club. He likes to run, as well.

He participated last year in the Appalachian Service Project where he helped winterize homes for low-income families in Kentucky. He has traveled to New England and to Texas, where he has family. He also enjoyed a trip to England, where he explored the historic sites, the castles and the “great food,” noting that there are many Thai and Indian restaurants flourishing in the cities.

Thomas is not taking any chances about having a selection of colleges to choose from – he has applied to 17 schools and is hoping to get a full scholarship to at least a couple. “I will definitely miss the people I’ve been going to school with since the fourth grade,” he said.

And he leaves a great impression at Bay High. "Thomas is a positive young man who almost always is smiling,” said Bay High Assistant Principal Aaron Ereditario. “He has a fantastic future in front of him."

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:22 AM, 02.04.2014