Micklo caps her high school career at TJ as ‘Elite 100’ finalist
Amanda Micklo, a senior at Thomas Jefferson in 2015-16, was one of the “Elite 100” finalists in the Trib Total Media’s Outstanding Young Citizen competition.
TJ science teacher Kathy Hannon nominated Micklo for the award, which recognizes students with exemplary character, academic achievements, leadership and community service.
Micklo, also a finalist last year, participated in many extracurricular activities at TJ.
She was a member of both the girls’ tennis and track and field programs, in addition to being a majorette for four years.
Micklo also was highly involved in the science club, serving as president for two years.
TJ head tennis coach Chuck Correll offered nothing but praise for the multi-faceted Micklo.
“Amanda’s truly special,” he said. “She was able to manage very high grades, lead as captain of the majorettes, and become one of my best tennis players.”
Micklo competed at the third singles position for the Lady Jaguars, and finished with an 11-3 individual record during her senior season.
She was a three-year varsity letter winner, which Correll said is an outstanding accomplishment for someone who has not played tennis for long.
“Amanda always gave her best effort in a match. (She) is a girl that sets her standards high in any endeavor,” Correll said.
“She will be successful at anything she chooses to do.”
As science club sponsor, Hannon worked with Micklo on many activities and events at TJ.
“Amanda has worked hard to implement and execute many of our club activities,” Hannon said.
“Her organizational skills, efficiency and hard work helped to make the science club a great success.”
Micklo plans to attend Ohio State University in the fall.
She was accepted into the honors program, and will study biology. Her intention is to go into the medicine field.
“Just like the cliché, when I visited the campus, it just felt ‘right’ to me,” Micklo said.
“I wanted to go to a big school, and I just knew Ohio State was the right choice for me after visiting (the campus).”
Hannon has no doubt Micklo owns a bright future.
“Amanda is an outstanding student, and by far one of the most gifted students I have had in my 21 years of teaching,” Hannon said.
“She is one of those students that you know will do great things in life.”
Jennifer Goga is a freelance writer.