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Rotary Club of Twinsburg honors two youth leaders

Published: August 9, 2016 12:00 AM
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"Strong leaders are made, not born! Leadership principles are learned, not inherited! Your generation is the most competitive ever. Without skilled time management and self-discipline, you may be left behind. Remember: knowledge plus action equals results."

-- 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards handbook

Twinsburg High School seniors Nick Carcione and Katie Sterling were honored at the Rotary Club of Twinsburg's July 27 meeting as recipients of the coveted 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

They were selected based on academics, character and school service.

Rotary President Philip Weiss introduced the honorees, saying Carcione and Sterling exemplified the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."

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Via a presentation that used an interactive narrative, Carcione and Sterling detailed their Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp and conference experiences in June at Baldwin Wallace College.

"I know that the lessons I learned at the RYLA camp through lectures, hands-on participation, and peer interaction will inform my future decisions," Sterling said.

Her school activities include the tennis team and foreign language club. With a passion for music, she is also a school band leader and member of the symphony orchestra and jazz bands, playing flute, piccolo and trombone.

Sterling has lived in Twinsburg since she was 5. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta as a bio-medical engineering major. She has career goals in the prosthetic field, specifically in the evaluation, fabrication and custom-fitting of artificial limbs.

"I want to make a difference in people's lives," Sterling said, " ... with an important personal impact."

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Carcione described his experience at the RLYA camp as "empowering," learning increased self-confidence and improved interaction dynamics.

"RYLA enhanced my capability and confidence in leadership roles," said Carcione.

A Twinsburg native, Carcione's school activities include the tennis team, foreign language club and peer tutoring.

He said he looks forward to attending a four-year university to focus on engineering.

RYLA is a 5-day camp. The event teaches leadership styles, communication, decision-making, diversity and group dynamics through lectures, interaction and recreation.

A premier service organization, Rotary International comprises 34,000 clubs from 200 countries. Although world-wide in scope, it operates on a grass roots, individual club level.

"We know that if we want to see [Rotary] even better ... we'll need more willing hands, more caring hearts and more bright minds to move our work forward," said Rotary International President John Germ.

With August as Rotary's membership month, the club hopes to expand to bring fresh ideas, initiative and fellowship to the local Rotary table.

For information about joining, contact Weiss at 216-536-1737 or email twinsburgrotary@gmail.com.

Article submitted by Rhoda Soclof,

Rotary Club of Twinsburg

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