Students Attend Leadership Academy

8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Monday, June 27 2011 Jun 27, 2011 Monday, June 27, 2011 6:49:00 PM CDT June 27, 2011 in News
By: Alex Harrison

FULTON-  99 students across Missouri are attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy this week. 

The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, or RYLA, is a leadership and service academy for incoming and outgoing high school sophomores. 

The students engage in service projects and team building activities that includes a ropes course and the academy's own version of the "Amazing Race."  Each student is chosen by a local rotary club because they have exemplified leadership and a passion for service. 

Valerie Anderson is serving her seventh year as the Executive Program Director of RYLA.  Anderson says the staff, composed of counselors, teachers and rotary members are all working together to instill the value of "service leadership". 

 "If the student goes home with just a good memory then we failed," said Anderson. "Our goal is to send them home better, prepared to serve their community, and we give them the toolset to do that." 

Each respective school and rotary club chooses the students to attend the academy. The rotary club then pays for the student to attend.  The academy runs June 26th to the 29th at William Woods University. 

To find out more about RYLA you can visit their website by clicking here.

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