Summit Country Day School requires students to perform 48 hours of service work before graduation. Sam Vessel of West Chester already has gone far beyond that as a sophomore, completing 281½ hours through April. On May 9, he’ll be honored on Fountain Square during an event planned by Public Service Recognition-Cincinnati as part of National Public Service Recognition Week.
Sam is active in 4-H and as a church acolyte and youth minister at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. His service hours report includes daylong meetings with the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, where he serves on the fundraising committee, oversight of youth projects at the Butler County Fair, cleaning his church grounds and assisting with communion, outreach among members of the Appalachian community and recruiting and welcoming new students to The Summit.
“Sam is a superstar,” Summit religion teacher and Upper School campus minister Stephanie Duggan said. “Sam exceeds our entire student body in his willingness to serve for the good of others, all the while never seeking reward or praise. He defines selflessnesss and servant leadership.”
In addition to Mrs. Duggan, Sam was nominated for the public recognition by Summit guidance counselor Mike Fee, who praised his composure and leadership.
“Sam Vessel entered our school building as a freshman and made an immediate impact. He greets you with direct eye contact and a handshake and displays the ability to connect with anyone,” Mr. Fee said. “It is now obvious that the impact extends beyond our school community and the Cincinnati community at-large. Sam leaves an impression wherever he goes. We are incredibly fortunate to have him walking our halls and interacting with anyone who comes across him during his high school journey.”
Sam is a member of The Summit’s Diversity & Inclusion Club and the school’s cross country and track and field teams. A merit scholar, he is a recipient of the Arthur and Irma Theobald Scholarship. An academic high achiever, he has been selected into the next class of The Summit’s Science Research Institute.
The Fountain Square event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9, with booths set up to educate visitors about public service. Federal, state and local government employees will be recognized along with Sam and other high schoolers.