Del Mar Rotary Club honors TPHS student Charlie Poole


The Rotary Club of Del Mar presented the Erik Scott Sorensen Service-Above-Self Award to Torrey Pines High School student Charlie Poole at its July 24 meeting held at Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar.

The award is presented to a Torrey Pines High School student who, though physically challenged, is an inspiration to fellow students because of his/her positive approach to life and readiness to volunteer, capturing the spirit and principles of Rotary.

Charlie’s school counselor wrote the following about Charlie:

“Charlie came to Torrey Pines as a shy, hesitant boy and has grown into an outgoing, confident young man. Charlie is well known on the Torrey Pines campus and is involved in many extra-curricular activities. He has been the girls volleyball manager and number one fan for the last four years and has done an amazing job. Charlie does not allow his disability to hold him back and has become an active member of his school and community. Charlie comes to school with a smile on his face every day which is contagious to all. He has a great sense of humor and loves to make other people laugh. Charlie enjoys life to its fullest and finds pleasure in the simplest things.”

Photos by Jon Clark.