Maumee leader isn’t afraid to speak her mindWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Addy Rothman knows a thing or two about balance.
The 18-year-old senior at Maumee Valley Country Day School is captain of the school’s field hockey and basketball teams, in addition to participating on the lacrosse team.
Rothman is also one of the school’s student ambassadors, writes for the school newspaper and is secretary of student government. She’s also in choir.
“I’m really outspoken and honestly really loud,” she said. “But I’m comfortable telling people what to do and taking control.”
She said a leadership quality is being able to speak with a variety of people.
“I get along really well with most people and also with adults … I’m not afraid to talk with anybody basically.”
Rothman has been attending the independent school, with a total of 480 students, since kindergarten.
“[Maumee Valley] helped me become who I am. That might be hard to leave — the really open atmosphere, but I can deal with more people,” she said.
Rothman has been in the school’s honor’s society since sophomore year. She is taking two advanced placement classes: calculus and literature, and two honors classes: physics and French.
Although she balances a lot, she has learned over the years how to prioritize her time and activities.
Confidence is a crucial leadership quality, too.
“I’m an extremely confident person and some people may take it the wrong way,” she said.
Rothman plans on studying international relations in the Washington, D.C., area after graduation.
If Rothman were the mayor of Toledo, she said she would focus on education, especially at Toledo Public Schools.
“Toledo Public Schools is not horrible, but some of the private schools in the area are going further,” she said.
She said she would like to see areas in Toledo restored, rather than abandoned. Downtown is one example.
“[Finkbeiner] is doing an OK job,” she said. “I think there should probably be more of a focus on Southwyck for example, instead of leaving it empty.”
If she was mayor, Rothman would also focus on girls’ opportunities throughout the world, especially girls’ athletics in impoverished countries.
“Being able to foster something like that would be a cool thing to do,” she said.