Rod Rinta, Class of ‘85 Memorial Scholarship
Rod Rinta spent all of his school years in the Chehalis School District. Rod graduated from W. F. West High School in 1985. Rod competed in football, basketball and baseball. He was an accomplished drummer, and was a true Bearcat.
At the age of 43 Rod was killed in a plane crash along with two co-workers. Rod never met a stranger. He loved to tell a joke or play a practical joke on his friends and co-workers. Rod always strived to be a genuinely kind person.
The Rod Rinta, Class of ‘85 Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who is a hard worker at what he or she does, which is reflected by more than GPA. The scholarship recipient is involved in the Bearcat athletic program and is a good citizen both at school and in the community. This memorial scholarship is a way of honoring Rod’s love for life, athletics and people.