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Layla Sugden is the December Seward Rotary Club Youth Rotarian

SHS senior Layla Sugden was selected the Seward Rotary Club’s Youth Rotarian for the month of December and was recognized and honored at the weekly noon luncheon on Wednesday, December 20th at the Jones Bank Auditorium in Seward.  She was introduced by Rotarian Anita Foor.  She is the daughter of Dennis and Lacey Sugden of Seward.

Layla is an honor student with a GPA of 4.1 and been a member of the SHS Honor Roll all the semesters of her high school career.  She has also participated in multiple AP and Dual Credit classes during her high school career and is MOUS Certified.  She is a leader in the Seward High National Honor Society and a member for three years. 

Layla has been a cheer leader for all four years and Cheer Captain for two years and enjoyed working with the young students at Cheer Camps.  She lettered in Cheer for two years.  She is also a four year member of the SHS Dance team as well.  She has been in Competitive Dance for 14 years and named “Dancer of the Year!”

She is a Girl Scout and has achieved the Girl Scout Bronze Award.  She is a member of both SHS FCCLA and Key Club and a three year member of the SHS Ambassadors[C1]  program.  She is a two year member of the SHS Leadership Team (Student Council) and with the SHS HOPE Squad for three years.

She is one of the leaders in the SHS FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), serving as the club’s President and placing Second in State FBLA in Introduction to Planning an Event, and Eight Place in Social Media Strategies at the State FBLA Conference Contest.

She is an active, four year member of the SHS FFA and received the FFA Greenhand Award, 4th Place in FFA Public Speaking at the FFA District Contest and FFA Secretary for two year. 

Layla is currently employed at Ridgewood as a Dietary Aide and has a large group of families that she babysits for on a regular basis.  In the summer she is employed by Sloup-Thorell Detasseling in Seward, Nebraska as a field worker. 

She is youth leader in her church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Utica, Nebraska. 

Her “Service Above Self” volunteer projects all center on the various community service activities of the many service club’s she is affiliated with and include multiple food and blood drives, and other community projects during the year.  She has also helped with many Cheerleader Camps and was an Outdoor Education counselor and volunteers often with the Girl Scouts at the Ronal McDonald House-serving meals to the families staying at the house.  She has also volunteered with Seward SCCDP (Chamber of Commerce) and the Seward Kiwanis Club.

Her future plans tentative call for her attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in Kearney, Nebraska and major in Business, with hopes of a career at a lawyer in the future. 

She was introduced and honored at the luncheon and presented with a bag of information on Seward and Rotary and a special Rotary Club Banner and a Rotary Book Scholarship.  She will be recognized again at the SHS May Honors Night and is a finalist for the Seward Rotary Youth Rotarian of the Year scholarship.