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Superior students get Rotary leadership opportunity

Top, from left, Alex Killian, Emma Buckley, Hannah Toland, Abbie DeMeyere, Sophie Goad, Chris Correia, a Cloquet Rotarian who served as the 2014-15 RYLA chairperson, and Marty Byrnes, a North Shore Rotarian who is a RYLA facilitator, and bottom from left Terrell Wong, Alyssa Lawrence, and Creede McClellan pose for a photo. Nicole Hendry also attended RYLA but is not pictured. Submitted photo.

Superior High School Students selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp last July at the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus shared their experiences with Superior Rotary Club members at a recent meeting.

The Superior Rotary Club sponsored Alex Killian, Emma Buckley, Hannah Toland, Sophie Goad, Terrell Wong, Creede McClellan, and Nicole Hendry. Superior Sunrise Rotary Club sponsored Abbie DeMeyere and Alyssa Lawrence.

Students described their activities, projects and challenges as well as what they learned about themselves and others. New friendships were made and all agreed that participating in RYLA was a great experience.

The one-week camp features well-known speakers, group discussions and challenging physical activities. RYLA provides opportunities for participating young people to exchange ideas, opinions and plans with talented, energetic people learning how to manage and lead community service projects, discussing effective and appropriate approaches for resolving family, social and professional conflicts, becoming familiar with Interact, a Rotary sponsored service club for secondary school students, and learning about Rotary International programs and scholarship opportunities.

The book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey is the basis of the curriculum.

Typically, students selected to attend Camp RYLA have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school. The Superior Rotary Club and the Superior Sunrise Club pay all fees for the students each club selects to participate in RYLA. Students with a solid academic record and involvement in school activities such as athletics, fine arts and government as well as unrelated activities and work experience, are encouraged to apply to attend.

Information is available at and from Angela Johnson who coordinates RYLA applications and advises the Interact Club at Superior High School.

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