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By Donna Marie Shurr
Teacher Oberlin High School
Interact Club Advisor

 Each month the Oberlin Rotary Club honors two students as “Senior of the Month.”  These young people are being recognized for their good character and positive attitude.  They have contributed their time and energy by helping the school and community and are excellent role models for the students at Oberlin High School and the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $50.00 to a charity or project in the student’s name. 

The seniors of the month for October 2012 are Naviya Schuster-Little and Tyler Rindfleish.  They were honored at a weekly noon luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club at the Oberlin Inn. 

After playing Junior Varsity soccer her freshman and sophomore year, senior Naviya Schuster-Little has played at the varsity level and was chosen as a team captain this year.  She has held different positions but mainly plays mid field. Last year, Schuster-Little was elected as junior class secretary and helped in planning prom and fundraisers to raise money to cover the expenses. She often worked the concession stand during the boys’ basketball games. During her junior year she was also inducted into the National Honors Society as a result of her academic standing, good character, and community service and currently serves NHS as co-secretary with Brook Sabin.

Schuster-Little has been in orchestra since third grade. During her sophomore year, she participated in the pit orchestra for the spring musical. This new experience was very memorable and taught her a lot about the commitment and work that is necessary to put on a musical production. Schuster-Little has also participated in various activities such as art club and food awareness club. During the winter, she “chills” with the wrestling team and does stats. This responsibility ranges from writing down the stats of each match to taking pictures and video.

During her time outside of school, Schuster-Little participates in her church youth group. She has enjoyed a variety of projects that have allowed her to meet people from all over Ohio.  Two times a year, the youth group gathers with other students from around the state to complete a service project together, hang out, and play games to get to know each other.  In June 2011, Schuster-Litter participated in a mission trip, EYE, Episcopal Youth Event, where she joined youth from all over the U.S.  She also enjoys babysitting and spending time with her neighbor who was adopted from India.  Schuster-Little loves spending time at Kendal, visiting her Poppa and helping him whenever she can.  She has played violin since she was four and hopes to keep it up throughout life, although she does not plan in majoring in music.

After high school, Schuster-Little plans to attend college and possibly major in the sciences to become a doctor. Since both of her parents are artists and she thinks learning languages is beneficial, she may possibly minor in art or language. While in college, Schuster-Little hopes to go on an abroad program to Italy or India.  She is applying to Oberlin College, The College of Wooster, and Case Western Reserve University.

Schuster-Little believes one of her greatest strengths is respect for others.  Her caring spirit makes her open to the needs of others. She would like to be remembered as a really awesome, hard working student because she works hard and puts a lot of effort into all she does.

Lorain County Joint Vocational School senior Tyler Rindfleish has enjoyed being in the Transportation Academy Program through which he qualified for a summer internship.  In order to participate in this experience, Rindfleish was required to have excellent grades, attendance and behavior. He worked at Worcester’s Inc. in North Ridgeville. Rindfleish’s responsibilities gave him experience in many different areas including setups, equipment check-ins, blade sharpening, and parts inventory. 

Rindfleish is involved in many activities outside of school.  He is a member of Hoof and Hide 4-H Club, where he shows pigs and turkeys at the Lorain County Fair. Rindfleish is a member of the LCJVS FFA Club, where he builds and exhibits many projects including a bolt index, an engine cutaway, and other project board displays.  He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl and squirrels.  Fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities are also a priority to Rindfleish.

Rindfleish was named Student of the Month for the whole Transportation Academy in September, which won him the honor of being at Rotary this month.  He does not know what he will do after high school, but he is exploring different careers.  Eventually, Rindfleish would like to start his own small engine repair shop.  He believes his greatest strength is his problem solving acuity.  When he sees a problem, he looks for a way out or for an inventive solution.  He would like to be remembered by his teachers and classmates as a nice guy who worked very hard.