Rotary sending 15 Windsor High School students to RYLA
June 3, 2017
Emilee Bauer, a junior at Windsor High School, says her dream is to be a doctor. As she prepares to attend Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Bauer said she hopes the 5-day leadership conference will help prepare her for her career.
"This camp is going to help me be more confident in myself," she said. "It's especially important in the ER because you have to know what you yourself are doing so others know what they're supposed to do."
The Windsor Rotary Club sends about 15 Windsor High School students to RYLA each year, according to Ann Kling, the president of the club. The RYLA camp brings students from the surrounding area – including Wyoming and Nebraska – together to learn leadership skills, and Kling said the students often return enthusiastic about their experience.
"When they come back they say it's a life-changing event," she said.
“This camp is going to help me be more confident in myself. It’s especially important in the ER because you have to know what you yourself are doing so others know what they’re supposed to do.” Emilee BauerJunior at Windsor High School
Anna Sorzano, a senior at WHS, hopes she will gain insight into how to be a role model for her future students. Sorzano plans to be a teacher.
"When you're a teacher you have to be a leader," she said.
Kling said the camp encourages students to spend time with those from other high schools, so even though some students may go reluctantly, the come back with friends from "all over the district."
"They do all kinds of teambuilding activities and give them leadership training," she said.
Although sending a student to RYLA costs nearly $500, Kling said the investment is with it.
"I think it's important for our future," she said. "We need leaders from all walks of life."
Students also go through an interview process before the rotary club chooses them, and Kling said the club works to send a wide variety of students with a variety of interests.
"Sometimes it's the kid who is already a leader, and sometimes it's the kid who just needs a little help to become a leader and get those skills," she said.
Kling said one rotary member, Ron Clark, said his grandson went to RYLA and he just graduated from the Air Force Academy.
"So it makes a difference," she said.
Junior Addi Bowman said the conference could help her be a leader to younger students.
"I'm really looking forward just to getting to go out there and learn something new to bring back to my school and community," she said.