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LH Rotary recognizes spirit

By Jane Williams
For the La Habra Journal

We’ve got spirit: The La Habra Rotary Club presented awards for school spirit to Rachel Plattz (left) from Whittier Christian, Daniel Rodriguez from Sonora and La Habra High’s Maddie Pothero.
We’ve got spirit: The La Habra Rotary Club presented awards for school spirit to Rachel Plattz (left) from Whittier Christian, Daniel Rodriguez from Sonora and La Habra High’s Maddie Pothero.

The La Habra Rotary Club recognized students from area high schools who show a great deal of school spirit through their activities and enthusiasm.

Rachel Plattz is Whittier Christian High’s top contributor to school spirit as a member and captain of the Varsity Cheer squad. Rachel has also been the leader of the varsity cheer competition team for the past two years.

Known as a hardworking student who never gives up, she allows faculty members to know any job entrusted to her will be taken care of appropriately. In addition she found the time to earn the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, an accomplishment equivalent to the better known Eagle Scout award.

Daniel Rodriguez is president of Sonora’s senior class and is spending his first year in ASB. That meant Daniel spent much of the summer and fall learning how the organization operates and what he needs to do to collaborate with its officers and accomplish the goals he has for the Class of 2013’s senior year. Daniel worked on Homecoming and Sonora’s epic Food Drive, and is currently setting up Sonora’s first stag dance.

He has been an Impact Mentor and is now an Impact Leader. He coached his brother’s Pop Warner Football team and works as a sales associate at JC Penney’s. He hopes to attend Cal State Channel Islands or the University of the Pacific.

Maddie (Madeleine) Pothero made the La Habra High song team as a freshman and became its captain her sophomore year. Then she moved up to the Varsity Song squad and again was named captain, a position she still holds as a senior.

In her junior year she joined ASB and this year is the ASB Spirit Leader. In addition she has worked for Meals on Wheels, and volunteered at the Interfaith Food Center. She is a member of National Charity League and has helped with Operation Santa.

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