Milan High School student shares his school and community activities

Milan High School sophomore Harry Ervin is dedicated to his school and community.  That dedication was rewarded, when the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce selected him to receive the 2012 Youth of the Year Award.

The honor is given to a youth ages 13 through 18 who shows a demonstrable record of service to the community. The award criteria emphasized innovation and creativity, community involvement and school participation, “All the things I like to do,” Ervin said.

Staying busy at school may be an understatement. Ervin lettered in track and field in his freshman year.  He was invited to play in district competition promoting him to a varsity player with the Milan High School boys’ soccer team after bringing an outstanding record of 11-2-1 to the JV team as goalie and captain for the 2012 season.  Ervin was unanimously voted Most Valuable Player by his team mates.

Off the field, Ervin participates in several school clubs.  He is a second-year varsity Quiz Bowl member, an active member and treasurer of the Film Club, the International Interact Club, sponsored by the Milan Rotary Club, and the Language Club.  The language club is one of his favorites.  He recently visited Costa Rica on a church mission trip, which piqued his interest even further in other cultures.  Ervin said the club introduces you to different cultures and, “widens your view.”

The sophomore has a few honors under his belt, such as class president, student council member and student liaison to the school board, 2011 Coming Home court, and he was one of 22 students selected for the “reading buddy” program that helps struggling elementary readers. Ervin said he enjoys reading with his buddy, and he is looking forward to a special project the two will soon be doing together.

Being involved in various volunteer programs, each Saturday morning finds Ervin helping to serve hot meals, weighing  and packing groceries and delivering them to individuals cars through the Milan Vineyard Church’s compassion ministry.  He has volunteered at several childrens’ camps working as a counselor for many years.  “I enjoy volunteer work,” Ervin said, “I like to see people smile.”

What does he hope the future brings?  Several things are in his bucket list.  One is a car he hopes to get on his 16 th birthday.  He said he can’t wait until he doesn’t have to be driven everywhere by someone.  He’s also hoping for a super soccer year.  “I would like to take the lead, but I would be happy with a winning season,” Ervin said.

To prepare for that 2013 winning season, he is playing indoor winter soccer on the Sonics, a  Milan Fire Soccer club team.  He will then be playing with a travel team out of Saline before training for the Milan High School season beginning in the fall.

His favorite school subject is math.  He is taking an advanced pre-calc class.  Most of Ervin’s classes are advanced classes, and he carries a 4.143 GPA.  His father, Michael Ervin, said he is proud of his son who does everything from his heart.

Ervin hasn’t decided on a future career.  Whatever he decides, he said, “I know I will be helping people in some way.”

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