Students receive RYLA check

Pictured from left: Phil Reed, RYLA Chair; RYLA delegates Lucas Joshi, Natalie Bolainez, Natasha Panduwawala, Katie Hammmond, Jaden Cassell, Marcello Russo and Dharti Patel; Kirk Howie, principal Easton High School. Absent from photo: Taylan Brooks, Madeline Hickey, Mina Hil Cheema, Kathleen Crouch, Tahreem Haq and Ty’Amber Stanley.

Pictured from left: Phil Reed, RYLA Chair; RYLA delegates Lucas Joshi, Natalie Bolainez, Natasha Panduwawala, Katie Hammmond, Jaden Cassell, Marcello Russo and Dharti Patel; Kirk Howie, principal Easton High School. Absent from photo: Taylan Brooks, Madeline Hickey, Mina Hil Cheema, Kathleen Crouch, Tahreem Haq and Ty’Amber Stanley.

EASTON — Thirteen students, from Easton High School, recently gathered to receive a check from Phil Reed, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Chair for Rotary District 7630. The check represented the prize they received for being the winning group at the recent RYLA Conference. As the group selected first place, they were able to select a charity for their donation to be made. The EHS group chose to have the donation made to the John Christopher Bradley Memorial Fund, with the purpose of improving mental awareness.

At the RYLA Conference, the delegates, as they are referred at RYLA, design a group community service project and create a presentation describing their project. This process is done over the weekend, from the selection of a project to the full implantation, including how to raise money and what the costs will be.

On Sunday afternoon, the 12 groups participating present their project to the group. At the end, the delegates vote on the best presentation. The Easton High School group designed a project they named “Camp Live” which would help people learn more about mental illness, including how to identify and treat the problem.

Rotary District 7630, covering the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, first started their RYLA Conference in 2013 holding it at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City the Presidents’ Day weekend. The Conference brings 120-130 high school sophomores and juniors together for a weekend of leadership training including speakers and hands on projects. The weekend culminates with each group doing their presentation to delegates, RYLA staff and guests.

This year’s delegates from Easton High School included Lucas Joshi, Natalie Bolainez, Natasha Panduwawaia, Katie Hammond, Jaden Cassell, Marcello Russo, Dharti Patel, Taylan Brooks, Madeline Hickey, Mina Hil Cheema, Kathleen Crouch, Tahreem Haq and Ty’Amber Stanley.
For more information about RYLA, contact Phil Reed, District 7630 RYLA Chair, gpreed52@hotmail.com.

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