Delaware Christian’s Tobin open to opportunities
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David Tobin has attended Delaware Christian School (DCS) since kindergarten.
“I can’t believe senior year is a quarter way over already,” he said. “I’m not sure if I’m here more or at home.”
He admitted he will miss the school that has been such a part of his life.
“I enjoy the school, the Christian environment. And the academics are good,” he said.
Bible teacher Steve Hovda said David’s GPA speaks for itself, as does his athletic, music and student government involvement.
“The qualities that stand out to me are his compassion for others, often less fortunate than he, his unflappable demeanor in tough situations and his obvious Christian convictions. Those are not always easy to observe, but in my dealings with David in the classroom, athletic field and class government, he excels in them all,” Hovda said.
David plays both soccer and basketball for the school. Because DCS is a smaller school, he can be involved in more activities, he said. He also likes the aspect of seeing everyone each day, from seventh grade through the seniors, and “getting to know people more.”
David is considering The Ohio State University, and Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati. While OSU is much larger than his high school, he thinks attending the larger school would be a good experience.
He plans to major in engineering, though he is still “narrowing it down.” David enjoys math and science and said whenever there was problem in his physics class, he would want to figure out how to solve it.
“I like hands-on, a mix of math and science,” he said. With all the directions he could go in engineering, he is not certain of his choice yet, but said that mechanical engineering is at the top of his list right now.
“Academics are important to me,” he said.
Science teacher Johanna McDonald has taught David in three science courses.
“He has consistently been a top student academically, a position he has attained because of a bright mind coupled with diligence and thoroughness in classroom preparation. He has always been respectful and polite toward adults and fellow students, qualities that have made him a friend to all in our small school. I especially enjoyed reading his test essays in anatomy concerning the function of specific systems in the human body. In them he revealed a great respect for the creator and designer of life.
“David has taken his personal faith and his walk with God just as seriously as his academic pursuits. We are grateful to have had him as a student at Delaware Christian, and we will miss him next year,” McDonald said.
Church and his youth group are other important areas in David’s life.
Through his church, David took two mission trips to Navajo reservations over spring break his freshman and sophomore years.
“We worked with the local church out there. I spent time at schools reading to kids and helping with math,” he said, adding, “It was a big change.”
Seeing differences in cultural lifestyles has had an impact on David’s perspective.
“We take what we have for granted — cars, clothes, food, good education. Then you see someone living in a shack, and realize it is here as well, but you just don’t see it. I realized you do not have to go to a Navajo reservation to see it,” David said.
David’s main volunteer efforts in the community have been around his school and church. He spent 40 hours last spring break working in the school court yard and has helped at vacation Bible school for several years.
“I enjoy being in a Christian school, going to church, living out my faith in daily life and serving others,” David said.
David also attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference his sophomore year and was part of the Delaware Area Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce his junior year.
“These programs challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and be a leader in my school and my community,” David said. He also received the History Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Honda Math Award.
With his final basketball season just under way, David said he is excited for his final year.
“We lost a lot of seniors this year,” he said, “but I think it will be a good year.”
He has played the sport since 7th grade, at first liking basketball better than soccer. But he admitted that soccer has “grown on me.”
He has already played his last soccer game. Playing for the last six years, he said, “It is kind of sad. It’s hard to believe it’s over. But it’s got to end sometime.”
David is class treasurer this year; in past years, he has been president and vice president of his class.
“We’re in the process of planning our senior trip,” he said. The class is unsure of where they will be going yet, but David will be the one determining the financial aspects once the decision is made.
He also plays trombone in band, starting the instrument in elementary school.
It’s been a busy year so far, operating a lawn mowing business with his dad over the summer.
In his spare time, David likes to do is watch other school sports teams and cheer them on.
His advises his younger schoolmates to enjoy the experience. “It goes really fast. Always work hard. Give your best. We’re all accountable to God to use the abilities he gave us.”
David is the son of Robert and Mary Ellen Tobin of Ostrander.