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Johnson and Souchek Selected as the 2022-2023 RYLA Representatives for SHS

SHS Juniors, Piper Souchek and Maryn Johnson were selected the 2022-2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) representatives for Seward High and the Seward Rotary Club.  The international leadership program, sponsored by Rotary International and each local Rotary District, hosts a RYLA event each year. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to select students from their area to attend the three day leadership program. Piper is the daughter of Dr. Russ and Rhonda Souchek of Seward and Maryn is the daughter of Brady and Dr. Jill Johnson of Seward.  Rotarian Clark Kolterman coordinated the selection process with the SHS Counselor’s office.  

This year, the students have the option of attending a summer RYLA program on July 9`13 at Maranatha in Central Nebraska or on November 3-5, 2023 at Camp Kitaki in Southeast Nebraska.  The registration and all expenses of the program are funded by the Seward Rotary Club for both girls.  The SHS representatives have not decided which RYLA event they plan to attend. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where students develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections.  RYLA programs happen worldwide in all 160 countries where Rotary Clubs meet and serve the community.  

The benefits include connecting with leaders in the state and around the world to build communication and problem solving skills, developing and discovering strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in both their schools and communities, learning from community leaders, inspirational speakers and peer mentors, unlocking the student’s potential to turn motivation into action and to have fun and form lasting relationships in other communities.  

The program lasts three days in both locations in Nebraska and covers presentations, activities and workshops on a variety of leadership topics.  It was developed by Rotary to prepared underclassmen in high school to develop and hone their leadership potential, create problem solving strategies and to learn ethical business practices.  The program also helps the students to learn more about Rotary International and the work of Rotary worldwide.

For more information on Rotary contact clark.kolterman@sewardschools.org