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Rodline is a seventeen-year old Boston native. Presently, she attends the Boston Latin School and is a rising senior. Rodline is the daughter of two Haitian immigrants who came to the United States in the early 1980s. She is the youngest of four girls. She currently lives in Hyde Park with her parents Robert and Marie as well as her sisters Elmane, Kenthia and Ruthzee. For the first few years of her life Rodline was raised by her grandmother; since her grandmother could only speak Haitian Creole, Rodline was forced to learn Haitian Creole, thus, she became a bilingual speaker. This prompted her love of foreign languages and she can now speak Haitian Creole and French and recently finished her first year of German.
Even when she was a child, her parents taught her the importance of public service. Whether it was helping out in their church or giving to those in need, Rodline’s parents were always great examples of public servants. Her own interest in public service began when she joined City Year’s Young Heroes program in sixth grade at the William Barton Rogers Middle School. Since then her parents have played major roles in nurturing her commitment to public service.
During the school year Rodline is involved in many extracurricular activities. She is a member of numerous clubs such as Student Council, TAG, and American Red Cross Society; while serving as president of the Caribbean Club, manager for the Girls Basketball Team, a tutor for the Saturday Success Program, and Junior Prom Coordinator for Junior Prom 2006. Her favorite activity is serving as a tutor for the Saturday Success School Program because she gets to work one on one with children who are having difficulty learning French and German.
Before becoming a Ward Fellow, Rodline knew that she wanted to serve the public in some form while being employed in the private sector. However, the Fellowship has helped to change her mind and she is entertaining many ideas about a career in the public sector. Through meeting with so many wonderful people Rodline has been inspired and wishes to do something great with her life too.
Someday Rodline wishes to follow William Ward’s example and become a beacon of hope for people who are surrounded by darkness. Rodline truly believes in Ward’s wisdom when he said “one must act as if one makes a difference.” She knows that in the future that she will be able to make a difference for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or anywhere in the world where she must answer her calling.
Rodline’s sponsor is the fantastic State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios