UNION COUNTY — A rising senior at Union County High School who was recently named a Rotary Scholar has been selected to attend a state leadership conference sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of South Carolina.
Mike Cassels, INTERACT-Rotary liaison for the Union Rotary Club, announced that Shreya Shah has been selected by the club to attend the Rotary Leadership Conference in early June at Erskine College.
Shah was among 16 UCHS and four Union Christian Day School students to be named Rotary Scholars by the Union Rotary Club.
A high school student is named a Rotary Scholar based on their grade point average. The club works with the schools’ guidance departments to determine which students have the highest grade average in their class. Once this is determined the students are then named Rotary Scholars and honored by the club for their academic performance.
In addition to being a Rotary Scholar, Cassels said that Shah is also a member of the INTERACT Club at UCHS, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the UCHS band. He said she is thinking about majoring in chemical engineering in college.
The leadership conference is part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the world. Participants are selected by their local Rotary Club based on their leadership potential.
The purpose of RYLA is to:
• Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth.
• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders.
• Encourage leadership of youth by youth.
• Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.
The program covers the following topics:
• Fundamentals of leadership.
• Ethics of positive leadership.
• Importance of communication skills in effective leadership.
• Problem-solving and conflict management.
• Rotary’s purpose and service to the community.
• Building self-confidence and self-esteem.
• Elements of community and global citizenship.