Senior Sofia Rothenberg continues her class presidency for the fourth year in a row


Carolina Ochoa Lozano

Senior Sofia Rothenberg has served as class president for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

Brynn Schwartz, Associate Editor-in-Chief

Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. Andrew Jackson. Ronald Reagan. Bill Clinton. Barack Obama. They all served two terms. Sofia Rothenberg served four.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Sofia Rothenberg was elected as Class President for her fourth year in a row. Rothenberg presided as the Class of 2022 President her freshman, sophomore, junior and now senior year.

Class presidents lead meetings involving their fellow officers, which can include class vice president, class secretary, class treasurer and class senators. They raise money and plan events and special days for their graduating classes.

One event the Class of 2022 board faces is the difficult task of successfully putting on an in-person prom, especially this year with the unknowns of what the future will hold in regards to COVID-19. The Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 were both unable to have an in-person, “regular” prom.

This 2021-2022 school year, homecoming was a success for the Student Government Association as a “normal” homecoming was held indoors at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I hope that we have a really great prom,” Rothenberg said. “I’m really excited because for the past few years, they haven’t been able to have prom, so I’m really excited that we get to plan [one].”

It is unclear what the Class of 2022’s plan is to safely conduct prom this year and the rules that will be enforced on attendees, but with the recent lifting of mask mandates in high schools, Rothenberg hopes to make prom fun for all attendees.

“Douglas is great. I’ve had a great experience here,” Rothenberg said. “I hope to be able to help everyone have a great experience by planning spirit events and a prom that everyone can enjoy.”

Outside of school, Rothenberg co-owns a company named 3 Heart Strings that sells bracelets, face masks and bumper stickers. Rothenberg, Stacey Gringauz and Hanna Guttentag started the company in 2014 with the goal of making the world a better place.

“I would say my proudest accomplishment in high school is my company 3 Heart Strings and being able to raise money and donate it,” Rothenberg said. “We’ve donated $350,000.”

The company donated over $180,000 to MSD victims and families after the Feb 14, 2018 tragedy, over $1,000 to Oceana, over $4,000 to Not my Daughter…Find a Cure Now and several other charities. People can purchase 3 Heart Strings’ products on their website.

Rothenberg’s goal with the company一to spread kindness一is what she credits her success in her campaigns for the last four years to.

“I don’t think I really had a strategy to win,” Rothenberg said. “I think I’ve always just talked to everyone and been nice to people. I wouldn’t call it a strategy.”

Whatever Rothenberg pursues this year as senior class president, she plans to make any events or activities memorable for fellow students. She hopes her message of kindness will carry through her plans for prom, spirit weeks and fundraisers for the graduating class.