The Oberlin Rotary Club honors high school seniors each month during the school year 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. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25 to a charity or project in each student’s name.
The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of May is Katlyn Hershberger.
She has been a cheerleader since seventh grade and on the varsity team since her freshman year. As senior captain, she was named Most Valuable Player for both football and basketball cheerleading. Hershberger loves Oberlin High School and feels that being a cheerleader supports a positive school environment by promoting school spirit.
Outside of school, Hershberger works in dining services at Kendal at Oberlin. She has developed customer service skills and received training in elder care. She interacts with and enjoys the residents of Kendal and the program offered additional education in dementia awareness. Working at Kendal has broadened her world view and offered her many opportunities while being her first job opportunity.
As part of the Ninde Scholar program, Hershberger has received a great deal of knowledge about the college process. The youngest of seven siblings, first in her family to attend a four-year university, she is excited about the future. Hershberger has attended many college visits with the Ninde Scholar program, exposing her to various programs of study and activities in colleges. To expand her options, Hershberger was encouraged to apply to many colleges and has already been accepted to seven.
With a 3.5 GPA and a rigorous academic schedule including International Baccalaureate diploma classes, she is well prepared for college.
Hershberger took a child development/parenting class her junior year and an independent study in education. Her senior project was shadowing teacher Kristi Walter in her kindergarten classroom. Her love of children, experience with 12 nieces and nephews, and her experiences in the classroom have led her to choose a career in education.
Hershberger’s plans are to major in early childhood education and become an elementary school teacher. She plans to attend Baldwin Wallace in the fall.