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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:33 pm

In July, eleven Islanders went took part in an international youth leadership conference.

The Junior Optimist Club isn’t unique to CHS. Members are part of Octagon International, an organization that aims to positively impact surrounding communities. The Junior Optimists work together to influence their society with a greater goal of helping the world. The Coronado chapter specializes in beach cleanups and sponsors pool days themed around sun safety. This year, the Junior Optimist Club held its annual convention, Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI), at a hotel here in San Diego. Eleven students from Coronado High School were fortunate enough to attend the three-day conference in July.

Several current club members, including junior Victoria Rose Meek, joined the Junior Optimist Club when they were in middle school. “I got involved in the sixth grade at Coronado Middle School because I admired the idea that the youth were helping their community and making a difference in the world at such a young age,” she said.

Meek is on the convention’s international board of directors, a huge job where she is responsible for helping to plan the events that will take place at the conference. This year, the participants experienced several workshops, took a field trip to Coronado and connected through team bonding activities. “My favorite part of JOOI was the people,” said senior Olivia Angelino. “I got to make new friends from across the country and around the world.”

On the second night of the convention, guest speaker Scott Backovich inspired the students to spark change in their communities. “Scott Backovich taught me that each individual has to be an active catalyst in the process of making a difference,” said Meek. “He told us that you can’t just sit back, dream of a goal, and wait for someone else to start working towards achieving it, but that YOU have start the chain reaction that will change the world.” Junior Optimists emphasize that you cannot be docile in your community; you must be an active participant in trying to better it.

At CHS, members of the Junior Optimist Club make it a goal to positively influence all of us. They create a comfortable, happy atmosphere at school so that we can all have a little more optimism in our lives. “At JOOI, I saw people from multiple countries come together with positive attitudes,” said senior Kyla Orth. “We all had the same goal: to improve the world in any way possible.”

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