Lawrence high schoolers develop leadership skills at Rotary summer academy

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The noon Lawrence Rotary Club selected three promising student leaders to attend its 2021 summer Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. Chosen from Lawrence Public Schools were senior Gabe Oliveira and sophomore Luca Osborn, of Free State High School, and sophomore Kaelyn McClorey, of Lawrence High School.

The three were recognized by the Lawrence school board during its meeting Monday. 


Cindy Johnson, chairperson of the RYLA Committee, told the board Rotary launched the leadership camp more than 30 years ago to facilitate the international service club’s commitment to youth leadership development.

RYLA is cosponsored by the University of Kansas and held on the KU campus annually. Student attendees engage with local business leaders and the Dole Institute of Politics, work in small groups, volunteer with local nonprofits, conduct self-assessments of leadership qualities, and participate in games and other activities, Johnson said.

Incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors qualify to participate in the written application and selection process. “Our noon Rotary Club carefully selects and sponsors highly qualified students each year to attend RYLA,” Johnson said.

Luca told the board RYLA was a highlight of the summer. “I had an amazing time.”

Tricia Masenthin (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at tmasenthin (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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