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Central High West senior is Superintendent's December super star

Tia Ratzel spends her free time helping the homeless

This month's Fresno County superintendent super star is a Central High School senior who is determined to help the homeless.

Tia Ratzel is a straight "A" student who still finds time to hand out care packages to the less fortunate. Ratzel is an AP student at Central with a 4.14 GPA.

She's also student body president and a four year swim and water polo athlete. But her parents also instilled in her that giving back to the community is just as important as the 3 R's.

"We need top give back. There are people that are less fortunate than us. It's just something that has really tugged at my heart over the past year that has made the biggest impact on me."

When she's not leading at Central, Tia volunteers at the Poverello House and the Fresno Rescue Mission. But to her, that wasn't enough. It caught the attention of Superintendent of Fresno County Schools Jim Yovino.

"Then she decided that wasn't enough so she would do a fundraiser and go out and raise money so that she could go and help the homeless on the streets and go to them and bring them the essentials that they need."

Ratzel responded, "You don't know what people are going through in an everyday situation so being able to put a smile on their face for the day is something that warms my heart."

Her dedication to community service is why Yovino named Tia his December super star. "It feels like a little exclusive club. It's really exciting knowing that out of all the students in the district that they watch over that I got picked for it."

Superintendent Yovino considers Tia Ratzel a true angel in our community. Ratzel plans to student medicine when she goes to college next year.

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