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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 4:49 pm

Ten Coronado students were honored to receive the San Diego and Imperial County’s Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) last month. Awards were given to select high school juniors who are exceptional leaders, exude the qualities expected of a Rotary Club member, and whom are actively involved in community service. The award and conference were initially organized by Rotary International, but have since been specialized to meet the needs of the local area. The nearly thirty CHS students that applied for this award went through a stringent process that included an interview and essay. Those selected were invited to participate in a three-day leadership conference in Idyllwild, California. The camp is meant to encourage discussion and improvement in communication, leadership, self-esteem, and problem solving.

Emily Breay, CHS Junior and RYLA attendee, loved RYLA because of the people she met there. “It was so nice to leave the typical academic routine that high school inflicts on us, to get out in nature, and to be around amazing people,” she said. “The wonderful part is that everyone at the camp was there because they are known in their communities to be energetic leaders. From the constant cheering at mealtimes to the inspiring speakers and everything in between, I will forever cherish my weekend at RYLA and the connections I made there.”

Another attendee, Junior Sophia Zaller, described her time at the conference as being unforgettable. “RYLA was an amazing experience,” she said. “I've never been in an environment where it was easier to make friends.” Over three hundred students from dozens of high schools participated in RYLA. The Coronado students who were lucky enough to attend this camp seem to have a mutual appreciation of the experience and encourage rising juniors to apply next year.

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