Oberlin Rotary celebrates seniors of November

By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz - For the News-Tribune

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.

The seniors for November are Fayza Rahman of Oberlin High School, Gregory Ford of the Lorain County JVS, and Koral Kasnyik of Keystone High School, who will be featured in another publication. The students were honored at a weekly luncheon of the Oberlin Rotary Club at the Oberlin Inn.

Rahman is currently serving as president of Oberlin High School’s student council. She has been involved in Ohio Model United Nations, Oberlin High School orchestra, National Honor Society, and varsity tennis.

Outside of School, Rahman participates in the Apollo Outreach Initiative’s film program, plays viola in the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, and enjoys summer theater camps.

The work she accomplishes for student council is considered her greatest service contribution to her community. Rahman is constantly hosting school spirit events, blood drives, fundraisers, and awareness days.

The art program at the Oberlin Schools has meant a great deal to Rahman. Her skills have developed over the years. “Fayza has always been a strong support in the OHS art program,” said art teacher Danielle Camino. “She is a high-achieving artist whose work has been awarded and exhibited locally and regionally. She is currently enrolled in the (International Baccalaureate) art program and is set to have her senior exhibition in March. It is with great pride that I have worked with such an influential student who has shown four years of dedication to her work, sharing and supporting students in her school community and taking her talents to the greater community of Oberlin through volunteer projects.”

Rahman has won three Scholastic Regional Art Competition Gold Key awards and one Silver Key throughout her high school career.

Rahman is looking forward to attending college in the fall, although she is undecided in terms of her future major. She is focusing on applying to liberal arts colleges.

Greg Ford is a senior at the Lorain County JVS in the auto technologies program.

While at the JVS, he has maintained a 3.77 GPA or higher. He is taking college-level courses in both math and English.

Beyond the classroom, Ford has participated in marching band, concert band, engineering graphics, the national Soap Box Derby, LifeShare blood drives, and various other fundraising events.

After high school Ford plans to attend Lincoln College in Indiana to further his studies in auto technology. Ultimately, his dream job is to restore classic cars.


By Donna Shurr and Liz Schultz

For the News-Tribune