Our Students of the Month were introduced by Brian Hall.
Zenith Hedges is a student with great leadership skills. While participating in both concert band and pep band Zenith also leads the flute section in the high school marching band. She is not only a member of the Spanish (ALAS) Club, she has put her leadership skills to work as the Director of Activities. Zenith’s spare time is spent volunteering at Methodist Hospital and tutoring at Kumon. When not focused on her school activities and organizations, she enjoys baking, swimming, reading, traveling, and of course music. She hopes to attend either Rutgers University or University of Washington to pursue her interests in political science or history.
Danny Li is very active in organizations that require his leadership. He is an eagle scout, patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He is an assistant director of Base Camp International and volunteers as coordinator, translator at Arcadia Chinese School. Because he enjoys volunteering, he offers his spare time to Foothill Unity Center, Arcadia Teen Recreation and Community Services, and Lions International. He also enjoys reading, soccer, laughing, and ice cream. He hopes to attend USC to further his interest in international relations.
Philip Routa is a member of FCA Christian Club and often volunteers his time helping others. He tutors elementary students and is an active speaker for SoCal Roadrunners Youth Track Club. Philip enjoys playing indoor soccer for the Christian league and values his commitment to his Church’s Youth Group. He loves his family and photography and is currently training for a chance to be State Cross Country Champ. He feels he has a future in nursing and expects to earn a master’s degree.
Congratulations to each of the Students of the Month – – keep up the good work!
Our Teacher of the Month, Joe Franceschini, was introduced by AUSD Superintendent and Rotary member David Vannasdall and Dana Middle School Assistant Principal Jeff Hunter.
Mr. Joe Franceschini, a history teacher at Dana Middle School, has been a leader and mentor to our children for more than 30 years. Joe explained that “teaching is about making connections and developing trusting and caring relationships.” Earning his BA and MS at Cal Poly Pomona, Mr. Franceschini has been involved with teaching in many capacities including teaching Special Education for 10 years. He taught physical education, coached baseball/softball, and for 12 years, he was a LITE Tech.