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“Ever since I was a child I have been a ridiculous overachiever. Combined with an immense amount of curiosity and imagination, this propelled me through school and the other activities I pursued. I was also helped, in no small part, by the support and nurturing of these traits by my parents and teachers.”
Highlights of Young Scholar Experience: Tyler has so many highlights, he has trouble listing them all but perhaps the most important one occurred a few weeks after he was named a Young Scholar in 2006. “I can still remember how utterly flabbergasted I was when my educational advisor calmly explained to me that the Foundation would be providing me with a computer and paying for its high-speed internet access.”
Profile: Tyler comes from Marion, Ohio, a mid-sized, blue-collar city in the central part of the state. It seems that just about everyone in the community knows him. Seemingly everything this young man attempts, he succeeds at, and makes friends and admirers along the way. But the resume doesn’t show another important trait, a terrific sense of humor. When the Foundation asked Tyler if there was a pivotal moment in his life that affected his academic or career ambitions, he didn’t skip a beat and responded: “I have not yet had a pivotal moment, but if someone knows where to find one please contact me!”
Inspiration: In addition to several teachers, Tyler’s main inspiration comes from his religious faith and his parents. In particular, Tyler’s dad has had to overcome serious health problems which ended his career as a professional pianist. Throughout the ordeal “he has never lost a positive outlook and his persistence is extremely inspiring.”
Aspiration: Tyler’s teachers, friends and family are sure of one thing: Tyler will be a major contributor to society when his college days are behind him. But right now, at age 18, Tyler’s still trying to determine what career path he’ll take.
Making a Difference: Pro deo et patria, is a Latin phrase translated to mean “For God and Country.” Tyler lives those words every day, either through service projects with his church, or by doing good works for society with the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, or the Humane Society in his hometown. He’s participated in service trips to poor communities in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, has helped with community breakfasts at the Central Christian Church in Marion, and volunteers with a pet adoption program.
Accolades: As sure as spring follows winter, there is one constant at Pleasant High School in Marion, Ohio and that is the fact that Tyler is always on Honor Roll. In addition, Tyler earned a perfect 4.0 in postsecondary courses at Ohio State University’s nearby satellite campus. Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society and was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Interesting fact: He’s always willing to experience or learn something new.
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
State University of New York at Geneseo
University of Vermont