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Rotary recognizes student leaders

By Jane Williams
La Habra Journal

The last Rotary Luncheon honored an outstanding student in special programs at each of the local high school.
Rotarians first met Nathan  Casida when he was introduced by Commander Trotter, who is in the midst of his 15 year in charge of the NROTC program. With financial help from the school’s PTA group toured the Museum of Tolerance and met a 93-year-old survivor of Auschwitz whose tattoo on his arm is still obvious.
Nathan Casida was the cadet singled out to represent the La Habra Corps. Soon to be an Eagle Scout, Casida just completed building Navy Gray lockers for the students to store books and other possessions while taking part in drills and physical fitness exercises.
Casida is also a docent on the USS Iowa which is docked at the Port of Los Angeles.  When Casida and others from the Corps toured the battleship, he politely corrected the docent leading the tour.
Trotter pointed out a former member of La Habra’s NROTC went to the Naval Academy and recently shot down a missile in the air.
Sonora’ Battalion Commander, Kelly Cruz may be small in stature, but has no difficulty getting those under her command to follow her orders. It took a while for her to get over her natural shyness, but once she did there was no holding  her back.
With a 3.36 G.P.A. she has already been accepted and plans to attend Hawaii University.
A person of many talents Andres Zazueta composes songs, many of them on iTunes, plays for other professional musicians when they play for Whittier Christian High’s chapel. He is an integral part of the Chapel Team.
He has won the school’s  Louis Armstrong Award the last two year. He secured his scuba license while in Costa Rico.
Zazueta takes the honors’ track in math and science and plans to major in civil engineering.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.