The Oberlin Rotary Club honors high school seniors each month during the school year. These young people are recognized for character and positive attitudes. They have contributed 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 JVS.
David Carter has participated in extracurricular activities at Oberlin High School throughout his academic career.
An active member of the OHS Interact Club, Carter has a heart for service. He has been a valuable contributor to the Oberlin Interact BackPack Program, setting out the food each week for the high school students who fill the backpacks.
“I have found great value in putting other people’s needs ahead of myself. Making food bags for the youth of Oberlin City Schools gives me a pleasure that nothing else can,” he said. “Our goals are to impact the lives of these young kids and their families by taking time out of our days to come together and collaborate to package these food items and distribute them among the elementary schools.”
Carter is the student representative to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund. Working with adults on the board has been a big responsibility. He has learned to read grant requests and give input into making decisions on grant distributions to help the students of Oberlin.
As an athlete, Carter has been a member of the cross country, basketball, and baseball teams. In 2015, he received First Team All-County honors and Second Team All-Conference for baseball. During his senior year, Carter joined the Foreign Language Club, which brings awareness of cultural practices and ideas that are common to various countries in the hopes that OHS students will appreciate and embrace the cultural diversity around them to build a more peaceful world.
Carter has also joined the Youth Council sponsored by Oberlin city council. He is excited that this body brings together student groups from the public schools and Oberlin College for greater collaboration. Carter is an active participant in his church youth group; he sings in the choir, ushers on Youth Sunday, and is a member of the mime ministry.
Carter is an academic honor and merit roll student, and the Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators Award recipient. After high school, he intends to attend a four-year university and possibly strive for his Master’s degree after those four years. Although he has been accepted to Kent State, Ohio University, and Cleveland State University, he is undecided as to where he will attend. Carter is still waiting to hear from Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. He plans to major in zoology with a minor in biology. Each school has offered Carter scholarships.
Carter’s chosen charity for a donation from the Rotary Club of Oberlin is United Way of Lorain County.
Erin Hostal was selected as the senior of the month to represent Lorain County JVS.
Hostal is very active at school, serving as battalion chief in the public safety program and also president of the SkillsUSA class.
She enjoys athletics and has been a scholar athlete her junior and senior years. She participated in track for five years, including two years in varsity. She has also competed in varsity cross country for three years, advancing as a regional qualifier.
Outside of school, Hostal is very involved in 4-H, which has taken her to state and national competitions for public speaking. She also shows and rides horses for 4-H and is a member of the American Paint Horse Association. She has competed in state and national competitions, winning both the Kathy Draper and Pennington Memorial awards, being named the Ohio State Equine All-Star for two years, and a national champion for timed events.
Projects she has participated in through 4-H include cleaning up parks, raking leaves, and serving as a camp counselor.
Fitting her academic interests in public safety, Hostal plans to be a firefighter and EMT with collision repair as a side job. She chose the Metro Health Foundation as her charity for donation.
Courtesy photo The seniors for December were David Carter of Oberlin High School, Erin Hostal of the Lorain County JVS, and Chad Kerr of Keystone High School, who will be honored in another publication. The students were honored at a weekly noon luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club.