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The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills honored Lakeview Elementary fifth-grader Juliette Geney at its Feb. 11 meeting.

“She’s such a wonderful student,” Principal Judy Chance said. The teachers and staff like her so much, they don’t want to let her go to middle school next year, Chance joked.

Juliette enjoys art and math and is a kind student who “demonstrates the deepest respect to her peers and her teachers,” said fifth-grade teacher Roxanne Simmons.

The 10-year-old has overcome more challenges than most children her age.  Several years ago, the community rallied behind the Geney family when young Juliette was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought hard to beat her illness and has never forgotten the love and support she received. Wednesday morning she walked to the podium and spoke after receiving her award, thanking her teachers, school officials and most especially her parents “for always being there to support me through the highs and lows.”- Story by Rotarian Noel Stack, Editor Village Life Newspapers