Youth Profile: Elida’s Schiffhauer mixing business with love of dance

By Sam Shriver -

ELIDA — Haydin Schiffhauer, a 17-year-old senior at Elida High School, is hoping to get a business degree after high school.

“My mom wants to open up a domestic violence center, and if I have the background for it, I can help her with her dreams as she helps me with mine because I want to open up a dance studio, and my studio could be in her center,” she said.

Dance has been a big part of her life for the past 14 years.

“It’s my escape. when I feel stressed I dance. When I feel any type of emotion, it’s just what I do,” she said.

She’s considering going to Heidelberg University in Tiffin to study business management and is hoping to become a cheerleader and a member of the dance team there.

Schiffhauer has also been involved with cheerleading at school for both the football and basketball teams and has cheered competitively.

Schiffhauer is vice president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at Elida High School as well as involved with the FFA.

The FFA chapter at Elida recently hosted a blood drive.

“It wasn’t as successful as it normally is because everyone’s scared of the coronavirus. It (the blood drive) was completely safe. I had to change my gloves every single time a new person came in. We sanitized everything,” Schiffhauer said.

In the spring when schools were forced to go to remote learning, Schiffhauer was ready.

“I actually loved it. I would much rather go back to online right now,” she said.

Elida students attend classes in person, five days a week and have to wear masks.

“It’s so different now, and it’s kind of selfish of me to say this, but that’s not really how I wanted my senior year to go. I guess I don’t really pay attention because I wear glasses now. So they’re always fogged up, and it bugs me that I can’t see and I can’t pay attention,” she said.

Schiffhauer says her experience at Elida schools is one she’ll always remember fondly.

“I feel safe there, and all my friends go there. I’ve been there since kindergarten. I don’t think I’d want to go anywhere else,” she said.

By Sam Shriver

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