By Donna Marie Shurr
Teacher Oberlin High School
Interact Club Advisor

Each month the Oberlin Rotary Club honors seniors as “Senior of the Month.”  These young people are 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 May 2014 are Catherine Miceli-Spieker and Oscar Rosado.  They were honored at a weekly noon luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club at the Oberlin Inn. 

During her four years of High School, Catherine Miceli-Spieker has made her best effort to be involved with many different activities.  She joined Drama Club the fall of her freshman year and received the lead role of Alice in You Can’t Take It With You.  From that time onward, Miceli was involved with every drama club production.  They include: Broadway Goes to the Movies, 12 Angry Men, The Real Inspector Hound, The Scenes and Sounds of Broadway, Tracks, Father Knows Best, 13 Reasons Why, 45 Seconds from Broadway, and finally The Butler Did It.  This year she was given the opportunity to be drama club president and student director. Miceli shard that being student director of the spring show, The Butler Did It, was one of the greatest experiences of her life.

During her Junior year Miceli joined the football varsity cheerleading squad and continued her senior year as cheer captain.  She loves the coach and the squad. Miceli says, “I’m so happy I was able to be the cheer captain my senior year, it was a great way to end my cheerleading career in high school.”  Miceli received the coach’s award for cheerleading this fall.  During her sophomore and junior year of high school, Miceli also played softball for the Oberlin JV team.

Outside of school Miceli continues her love of drama by being involved in various shows through community theaters. She is a retreat team leader at her church. Miceli has maintained a number of job experiences including;  concession stand worker at Campana Park, a store clerk at Ben Franklin in Oberlin, and she is currerently a waitress at Kendal at Oberlin. Her job takes up the majority of time outside of school, but she loves the residents and the environment at Kendal.

Miceli plans to attend Kent State University in the fall of 2014.  She will be a theatre major, but will also be studying directing and film studies.  Miceli plans on minoring in Human Resources.

Believeing is service Miceli serves her church as a retreat team leader. She helps the 8th grade students along in a two day journey to finding God in others and in themselves. She is also involved with the pierogi production at her church.  During the Lenten season, people volunteer to pinch pierogis so the Church can sell them on Fridays. She has been the Easter Bunny at Lakeview Beach and has worked with the coordinator to organize a hat and coat drive for the mens’ homeless shelter in Lorain.

Miceli is very proud of her involvement with various activities and still keeping her grades high. She states, “Most students struggle to manage their time, so I am proud of myself for working to the best of my ability.”  She would like to be rememebered for her personality, her smile and laughter.  Miceli is one  of the few teenagers that actually loves school, and she hopes her positive attitude and personality are rememberd.

Senior Oscar Rosado is a member of the Oberlin High School National Honor Society. He has enjoyed participating in their events such as cleaning up around the high school and to make it look nice and presentable.  Rosado and the group take pride in the appearance of the grounds, especially the memorial garden, which was made in remembrance of Oberlin students who passed away at a young age.  Outside of school  Rosado voulunteers at the Community Weekday Meals Program at the Christ Episcopal Church, serving patrons a hot meal and helping to clean up after the dinner. He is also active in his youth group at Christian Tabernacle in Lorain.  The youth group raises money through car washes to help support those who cannot go on missions trips or to camp because of financial concerns.

Finding a love for science in eighth grade when he won first place in science fair, Rosado has enjoyed all of his science classes at Oberlin High School – Chemistry being his favorite.  He is dual enrolled at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Digital Media Arts Program.  Rosado hopes to receive similar training at college before pursuing a career in the field of Digital Media. His hobbies include drawing and writing. He would like to continue his studies in both art and creative writing. Rosado has realized that he loves being creative in his own unique way and continuing to do this will make his future bright and meaningful.

Rosado’s plans after high school are to attend Lorain County Community College (LCCC) where he will pursue an  associates of arts degree.  He will major in some form of art  (perhaps graphic design), and/or an English major (creative writing). Rosado has chosen LCCC in order to begin his college education to be close to home.

Rosado believes his greatest strength is his ability to focus in school and work.  He is able to concentrate on what is truly important for his success. Rosado states, “I know I won’t succeed if I don’t focus in school and do my best.  I would like to be remembered by my classmates and teachers as a good student who tries his best to succeed for the future – whatever the future holds.”