LIMA — Aaron Bodine won’t be at Lima Senior High School next year, but he is leaving his mark on the school and the environment.
Bodine has spent the year researching how the school could save on electricity and costs. The work has been part of his senior project, but he has taken it even further.
“I wanted my project to help the community and my school,” he said.
Bodine is making real suggestions to the school, including making posters that will hang throughout the building next school year.
The posters remind students and staff to keep fewer lights on, to close the door, and to keep lights off and doors closed when no one is in the room. He believes the school can save about $70,000 by taking these measures.
“I feel like if students go by and see the posters they will say, ‘Hey, I should do this,’” he said.
Bodine hopes the bright colors and design of the posters make them jump out at students. The posters include an animated door and light bulb.
“It makes me feel really good,” he said of the posters going up. “At least I made some kind of difference.”
Along with presenting to a panel of judges for the senior project, Bodine also took his project and suggestions to the Lima school board.
“I was a little nervous at first, but like I normally do, I just took a deep breath and started talking and I am fine after that,” he said.
Bodine, who has a solar panel at home to charge his phone and game controllers, hopes the school district will also consider solar panels in the future. He said panels last 25 to 40 years and would save money in the wake of electricity rates going up. He pointed to a school in Kentucky that sold to a utility and made a profit.
“The environment is really important to everyone and trying to preserve it as much as possible is the best way,” he said.
Bodine’s interest in the environment grew after taking an environmental science class last year.
“I have always enjoyed nature and wildlife,” he said. “This class kind of opened my mind. I knew the environment was important, but I did not know how I could really help.”
Bodine is a member of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club and is on the Science Olympiad team. He has a 3.5 GPA and tutors a pupil at Freedom Elementary School.
“It gives me a chance to meet new people,” he said.
He is on Lima Senior’s football and wrestling teams. He also plays the flute in the marching and symphonic bands. Bodine is a member of the youth program at the Lima YMCA and will travel to Yellowstone National Park with the group in June.
“I’ve done many projects on Yellowstone, so it is actually someplace I have wanted to go,” he said.
Bodine is taking a postsecondary geology class through Owens Community College. He previously took a chemistry class through the University of Findlay.
Bodine will study digital multimedia at the University of Northwestern Ohio after he graduates. He wants to go into video editing, something he is already doing for the school’s newscast broadcast in the school.