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Les Tupper awardees announced

Among them are two high school students aiming for healthcare.

May 09, 2013|By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com
  • Mike Leininger, Pat Anderson, Heather Haaga, Andrea Klein, Talia Bernhard and Joel Peterson are recipients of the Les Tupper Award at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Mike Leininger, Pat Anderson, Heather Haaga, Andrea… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Two young women who attend La Cañada High School and aspire to work in the healthcare industry are to be honored with other active community volunteers at the Les Tupper Awards next week.

Honored this year are Huntington Hospital volunteer Andrea Klein; fellow high school junior and Honor Court member Talia Bernhard; school board member Joel Peterson; La Cañada Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson; Mike Leininger, La Cañada Community Center and Tournament of Roses volunteer; Heather Haaga, who helped renovate a section of Descanso Gardens; and the Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Library.

Klein and Bernhard are both juniors at La Cañada High. Klein, 17, volunteers in the Labor and Delivery Department at Huntington Hospital. After two summers at John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, she said she could see herself working in epidemiology one day.

For her Girl Scout Gold project, Klein knitted blankets and raised money for Glendale's Ascencia Homeless Shelter. Her volunteer resume also lists involvement in Girls on the Run, Temple Sinai of Glendale and the Glendale YWCA.

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"It's very exciting to be recognized for all the volunteering I do because it's such a big part of my life," she said. "It's nice to know people are noticing."

Bernhard, 16, expanded a science program at La Cañada High that pairs high schoolers with elementary-age students. She was named president of the Teach Science Initiative and took the program to the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena.

Bernhard also sees a future in healthcare policy or management and was humbled to be honored with an award for her community service. "La Cañada is pretty community-service based, so there are so many people who commit to the city and do service work," she said. "To be honored among the hundreds of kids that already do service projects I thought was pretty cool."

Peterson has served on the La Cañada Unified School Board since 2005. Over the past few years, he has also served on the boards of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, the Chamber of Commerce and the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation.

He launched an internship program at the chamber, which he said has grown into a "great success." He is happy to have been involved in an initiative that will have an "ongoing positive legacy," he added.

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