Sturbridge Rotary sponsored two Tantasqua students to attend the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA) held at Fitchburg State University. Over 200 sophomore students from 50 Clubs in Rotary District 7910 attend the 3-day conference that includes presentations, activities and workshops on Leadership, Ethics, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Conflict Management, Community & Global Citizenship. These students engage in small and large groups sessions ending with a celebration and presentations on what they’ve learned from attending.
Students sponsored this year are Rebecca Mahon and Emma O’Coin. These students will attend a future Rotary meeting to share their experiences with Club members. Ainsley Maus from Tantasqua was sponsored by the Brookfield Rotary Club. Since 1993, Sturbridge Rotary has contributed $11,110 to sponsor local students attending RYLA.
Sturbridge Rotary has been awarding scholarships each year to students since 1974 with a cumulative total of $207,210. Recipients this year from Tantasqua Regional High School are Madison Porter, Thomas Goodwin, Andrew Houle, Ryan Kievra, Tyler Pourmand, Caitlyn Mills.
An additional award was presented from the Wendell Wright Scholarship Fund to Chloe Powell. This award is presented in memory of Wendell whose wife is a Sturbridge Rotarian.
All recipients were invited recently to attend a Rotary meeting at which they each shared information about themselves, their goals and inspirations.