MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Kali Oswald has been named the Rotary Student of the Month for April.
Oswald’s life was changed; not in the United States, but in Russia. For ten days, Oswald and her missionary team from Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Briarcliff Manor traveled to three Russian orphanages to host Vacation Bible School for the children living there. Oswald was able to play games and do crafts with the children and despite the language barrier, she found that the children would watch her and copy what she was doing.
“My hope was that the young children would look up to me,” Oswald said.
Oswald found her passion to serve through her home church. She has been a youth leader for middle schoolers and a camp counselor during the summer for Vacation Bible School at the church.
“It is really fun to help out with younger people,” she said.
Working with children is just one of the many ways Oswald has given back throughout her four years of high school. Oswald has also been involved in school activities and clubs that have expanded her involvement in service. She has played JV and varsity basketball and has been a member of the Spanish club, service club, math club, the Westlake Players, and Girl Scouts. Kali’s leadership lies in Principal’s Advisory Council, where she has been an active member since freshman year.
On the academic side, Oswald is a member of the math and Spanish honor societies, as well as the National Honor Society and has been on the honor roll throughout high school. Oswald credits her mom for inspiring in her a strong work ethic.
“She works two jobs, cooks, cleans, and has time to bake cookies at 11 at night,” she said with admiration.
She plans to major in early childhood and special education at SUNY Oneonta in the fall. Oswald was honored at the April Rotary luncheon and was presented with a Student of the Month plaque.