Celebrating Exceptional Students! 

 
Meet TANISHA PIDSHETTI from
Cypress High School!
🚀 
 
Tanisha’s passion for aerospace and engineering illuminates the skies she will soon soar and conquer! 

 From diving deep into underwater robotics to the stars above, Tanisha’s tenacity knows no bounds. With her sights set on prestigious institutions like Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, or MIT, she’s destined for greatness! 
TANISHA PIDSHETTI from Cypress High School with her dad (far left) as she was recognized by the Los Alamitos, Cypress & Seal Beach Rotary Club
TANISHA PIDSHETTI from Cypress High School with her dad (far left) as she was recognized by the Los Alamitos, Cypress & Seal Beach Rotary Club
STEVEN BRAY along with his teacher (far left), parents and Club President Dave Barnes (far right)
STEVEN BRAY (second from right),along with his teacher (second from left), Los Alamitos USD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Pulver (far left), his parents and Club President Dave Barnes (far right) after receiving the Studnet of the Month recognition from the Club.
 Los Al High School Shines Bright with
STEVEN BRAY!
 
 Steven’s journey from “Walking Dead” enthusiast to aspiring EMT is nothing short of inspiring! 🩺 With a heart set on helping others, he’s blazing a trail in the medical field, following in the footsteps of his role model mom.🚑
 
From leading his peers with a positive attitude to launching ambulance simulators, Steven’s future in healthcare shines bright! ☀️ Awe inspiring individuals paving a pathway to extraordinary

CIF Southern Section Commissioner Mike West

Mike West, the CIF Southern Section Commissioner shared with the Club what’s happening in High School sports in Southern California and across the nation.

Mike has been a high school teacher and coach for his entire career, until 9 months ago when he took on the CIF Southern Commissioner. This is a “Get to Job” for him as he commutes from the Inland Empire each day. He wanted the job when ha applied and is privileged to have it.

There are 17 employees who are “in it for the kids” and he loves that. With 560 member schools in an area stretching from Paseo Robles down to Orange County and includes the Inland Empire. A very large area geographically and in population.

Over the past 10 years, the CIF has added 6 new sports, 5 of them are girls sports. The CIF now supports more girls sports than boys sports. And while there are still more boy participants, the gap is narrowing. 

CIF Southern Section Commission Mike West talks all thing high school sports at the April 16, 2024 Rotary Club of Los Alamitos, Cypress & Seal Beach luncheon
CIF Southern Section Commission Mike West talks all thing high school sports at the April 16, 2024 Rotary Club of Los Alamitos, Cypress & Seal Beach luncheon

Girls flag football is the latest sport to catch on and grow into a sport that has a “championship” each season.  It’s been a great experience to see a team sport that is being played for the pure joy of the sport rather than the higher pressure sports where club teams and scholarships become more of the focus. 

Mike also touched on the new up and coming sport of “Stunt” which is an offspring of competition cheer. It’s a fascinating competition to watch. It’s is a growing sport with about 85 schools currently fielding teams.

Another up and coming sport is Unified Sports. This unique sport joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by the simple principle that training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.  

Mike’s talk touched on how the Southern Section is changing the way that schools are ranked for league play and playoffs to help improve the competitive balance for the students athletes, and on how NIL (Name, Image & Likenss) is effecting high school sports.

And of course there there were questions. A lot of them. And, Mike was kind enough to answer them all. 

Thanks for the great information Mike!