Athletics


Position
Primary Position Coxswain
Rowing Additional

2018-2019 (freshmen year):
Competed at local and state sprint regattas (OARS Invitational, Miami International Regatta, Florida Novice race);
Coxed the Varsity Women's and Men's 4+s and 8+s;
Coxed the Novice/Freshmen Women's and Men's 4+s;
Earned Varsity Crew letter;
Attended session 1, UCLA Rowing Camp

2019-2020 (sophomore year);
Competed at head races (Head of the HOOCH, men's youth 4+, women's youth 4+);
Raced at Fall Sprints (Varsity Men's 8+, Varsity Men's 4+, Varsity Women's 4+, Novice Men's 4+, Novice Men's 8+)

Academics


GPA
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SAT Writing
SAT Math
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High School
University School of Nsu
School City
Davie
School State
FL
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Major Category
Law and Legal Studies
Major
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Other Academic Information
Nationally ranked in Congressional Debate (attended national tournaments and placed in top 5%), Secretary of NSU No Kid Hungry, a student-run school club focusing on ending child hunger in America, on the board of NSU Politics Club, a non-partisan student-run club focusing on current events affecting the younger generation. National Junior Honor Society member; received Honor Roll every semester since 6th grade; Co-President and Founder of Kids Against Gun Violence, a student-run school club raising awareness for gun violence; President and Founder of NextGen Talks, a social media outlet for children and teens to discuss politics and work together to combat social issues; Ran Cross Country (5000 meter) and Track & Field (200 and 400 meter) 8th grade and freshmen year; AP STUDENT; Current 4.17 unweighted GPA
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Personal


First Name
Rita
Last Name
Shuster
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Gender
F
Height
5'2"
Weight
105
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Personal Highlights
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Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

From the instant I sat in the coxswain seat, I knew that I had a deep passion for crew and wanted to further that to the collegiate level. Trying many different sports, activities, and clubs, I never found something that I enjoyed until trying crew. My freshmen year wouldn’t have been nearly as pleasurable, or memorable, without joining the crew team and I believe that without crew, I won’t have the ability to make the best out of my college years. Coxing in college would be a dream come true!

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

A leader, defined as “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country” by http://dictionary.com. This definition perfectly describes me, in and out of the water. As a coxswain, it is vital to take leadership and steer my boat to the finish line safely and victoriously.  However, my leadership does not end there.  Whether it be for my boat or teammates, I am always willing to give a helping hand, advice, or to lift their spirits.  I believe that positivity is key in life, so I am always wanting to spread motivation and happiness. Out of the water, I am a leader, as well. I take leadership in debate, always aiding in those wanting to try the club. I am a board member of two school clubs, always ensuring the clubs are functioning at their best potential. Lastly, I use my leadership skills in my daily life, which I think is the most important.  If I see someone doing something wrong, I am never afraid to stand up to the person and tell him to stop. I am not a bystander, and I encourage those around me not to be bystanders either. If all my friends decide to take the misguided path, I help them out, and if they don’t listen to me, I do what I know is best to do. Being a leader is my nature and I always bring my leader qualities with me anywhere I go.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

The common quote, “you are what you eat,” is my motto in life. My body is like a car engine - the good gas revs my engine, and the bad does the opposite. I use this analogy to ensure that I pursue a “healthy athletic performance” as a student-athlete. As a coxswain, staying light is key. I make sure that my diet is as clean as possible. Not only do I focus on healthy eating habits, but I focus on a healthy lifestyle, too. As coxswains don’t get the same workout rowers do, I make sure to work out on my own time, whether it be before school or after practice. I also don’t believe in the “I’m a coxswain” excuse. During land training, I’m never afraid to step in and complete the workout aside my teammates.  With a healthy diet and lifestyle, pursuing a “healthy athletic performance” as a student-athlete is easy!

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the feeling of giving back in my community, I was even the community service president of my lower school! Community service is second nature to me- I am always willing to help others in need! Currently, I am the secretary of the NSU University School No Kid Hungry club. Our club’s mission is to ensure food stability for all children across America. As food insecurity is one of our country's greatest issues right now, it is crucial that everyone steps and assists. This club actively goes to food banks, holds can donation drives, fundraisers, and more to help achieve our mission. I am also very active in politics and have a deep passion for changing our world. I am on the board of the NSU Politics Club. This club’s mission is to focus on current events affecting younger generations. We put a big emphasis on community service and just recently, we helped over 200 students register as voters! Being involved in community service is very important to me. I have been very fortunate in that I have been guided towards the stepping stone of what I needed to succeed, however, I know many do not have the same foundation.  I believe it is my mission to step in to guide those who may otherwise not have had the same exposure as me.

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