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Alhambra resident and Alhambra High School student Claire Rodarte was recently awarded the “Maxima Goleadora” award as the leading goal scorer in her team’s bracket in the Costa Daurada Cup soccer tournament, held in Salou, Spain, June 25 – 29.
The Costa Daurada Cup is one of the largest Youth International Futbol Tournaments in the world, with teams from various countries competing on the east coast of Spain. Claire is a member of Baldwin Park United’s U19 girls’ club team, which placed second in the “open” bracket (no age limit) against mostly older and stronger women — quite a test of the team’s skill and resiliency. The weather was hot and the games tightly contested as these ladies represented the U.S. with class, enthusiasm, and a well-earned second place finish in the tournament.
Claire has played on the girls’ varsity soccer team the past three years, earning team Most Valuable Player and Almont All-League First Team honors this past season. As she enters her senior year at AHS in August, Claire will continue on the soccer team, while also participating for the second year in the Lady Moors’ tennis program. She will serve as this year’s Web Master for the Moor Weekly newspaper, while putting the final touches on her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts.
Claire is an honor student and will continue taking Advanced Placement classes as she focuses on her next step after high school: college. The college and major are still to be determined, as this will certainly be a busy year for this Alhambra resident.