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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA Conference  


2018 Attendees

L-R: Ian Whitehouse (Westbrook), Eliza Scherber (Old Saybrook), Maddy Sheahan (Old Saybrook), Andre Salkin (Lyme-Old Lyme)

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RYLA Information

Candidate Criteria

1. Demonstrated leadership in school or community organizations.

2. Ability to make moral decisions; knowing right from wrong.

3. Willing to be a participating member of a group.

4. Be informed about current events; local, state, national and international.

5. Willingness to express one's thoughts in front of an audience

Conference Details

The cost of the program includes all hotel accommodations, meals and conference materials. The sponsoring Rotary Club pays the cost of the program and may sponsor two students to attend each conference. Space is limited please apply early. Participation is open to high school students from every community within District 7980.

Conference honorees from throughout Connecticut will be attending and each participant will be assigned a roommate(s). Our program will include workshops on Leadership, Time Management, Listening and Communication, Relationships, Goal Setting, Team Building and Personal Development. Rotarians will discuss Rotary's purpose, service to the community and Rotary's role in helping mankind around the globe. Local Rotary clubs have been invited to share their community service projects, local and international projects are featured during their sessions. The honorees will actively participate in numerous sessions of the program. The dress is casual, but neat. Ample free time will be provided for socializing, networking and lots of FUN.


2016 Attendees with Advisor Amber Scherber L-R: Max Lyman (Westbrook), Mikol Jara (Westbrook), Grace Scherber (Old Saybrook), Dean Nobile (Old Saybrook), Ana Donato (Lyme-Old Lyme)


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2015 Attendees: Callie Kotzan, Old Lyme, Zach Jacobs, Westbrook, Kiwon-Paul Dionne-Jee, Old Saybrook, Keysi Java, Westbrook

The Old Saybrook Club has provided scholarships to the following students to attend RYLA:
May 2015 Attendees L-R: Rotarian Glen Anderson, Samantha Lee from Lyme-Old Lyme, Leah Madison-Cherry from Westbrook, Austin Pilgrim LOL, Samantha Aimone from Old Saybrook, and Sam Lyman from Westbrook

2014 Attendees L-R: Westbrook: Bradley Cates, Alexa Forsman; Lyme/Old Lyme: Gabriel "Gabe" Barclay, Sophia Romeo; Old Saybrook: Erin Fitzgerald, Danielle LaMay, Heather Kuang, Libby Scherber.



Left to Right:

Eric Pan, Lyme-Old Lyme
Seamus Ashburner, Westbrook
Callie Burns, Westbrook
Amanda Lee, Old Saybrook


In 2012, the following students attended RYLA (L-R):

Hudson Roarick, Old Saybrook
Alyssa Herzy, Westbrook
Jennifer Sullivan, Old Saybrook

Missing from photo: Josh Krasney, Lyme / Old Lyme
In 2011, the following students attended RYLA (L-R):

Josh Scherber, Old Saybrook
Sam Stadnick, Lyme / Old Lyme
Liam O'Donnell, Old Saybrook

Missing from photo: Lily Hartmann, Lyme / Old Lyme
For 2010, the following students will be attending RYLA (L-R):

Salvatore Fava, Old Lyme
Sara Buck, Westbrook
Jen Murphy, Westbrook
Abbi Dunlap, Old Saybrook
Briana Bardus, Old Saybrook
Emma Hartmann, Old Lyme
2009: These high school juniors came to our meeting and gave us their impressions of the RYLA conference. They are L-R: Casey Krane, Westbrook Evan Anway, Lyme/Old Lyme Rebecca Baehr, Lyme/Old Lyme Brianna Blank, Westbrook
Attendees from the 2008 RYLA Program
From Left to Right:
Aimee Reynolds, Sofia Sanches, Jason Cain
Each year, the Old Saybrook Rotary Club sends students from each of the high schools in our area to attend RYLA. For 2007, the attendees were L-R:
Stella Deng  Lyme/Old Lyme  Stephen Burke, Lyme/Old Lyme  Peter Lofton, Westbrook, Mary Burton, Old Saybrook. Brian Shenk, Westbrook, and Nicholas Alaimo, Westbrook.