GREEN DISTRICT — Smithville High School seniors Brooke Aukerman and Trent Shane ought to be getting used to the limelight. As juniors last year, they were selected as prom court prince and princess, where, as part of the royal court, they traveled to Smithville-Western Care Center to crown the center’s own royalty.

"That was so much fun," said Aukerman of the evening in May of 2017. "I have a picture with our prom court posing with theirs."

Something else the two teens have in common is their willingness to help others. Shane, who plans to major in occupational therapy at Walsh University, is a caregiver and mentor to those with special needs.

"Last year, one of my teacher’s sister-in-law that works at Akron Children’s Hospital came to the school to talk about her work there," he said. "That really touched me and it helped affirm my major."

Shane said that participating in sports helped him stay focused and positive outside of competing. "I have seen what having a positive mental attitude can do," he said. "That outlook also translates into academics."

He has participated in football, basketball, track, FCA, student council and was a junior class treasurer. He plans to continue running track at Walsh.

Aukerman, who will attend Youngstown State University as an economics major, has dedicated much of her free time tutoring and guiding others. She has served on mission trips to Chicago, Atlanta and twice to Philadelphia. She credits her teachers and school administrators with instilling in her the desire to help others.

"The teachers are so nice and so encouraging," she said. "They are always saying, listen up, you are going to need to know this for college. They seem to honestly care about our future and where we go once we leave here."

Aukerman has participated in athletics, as well as other extracurricular activities. Those include volleyball, ski club, FCA, foreign language club and the NHS.

Both students are looking forward to attending their respective colleges and being involved in activities and meeting new people.

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