Posted by John Halbleib on May 18, 2017
Each year the Rotary Club of McHenry and the Rotary Club of McHenry–Sunrise offer Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to high school students who exhibit leadership qualities. Generally, three students from each of McHenry Community High School – East, McHenry Community High School – West, and Johnsburg High School are selected to attend a weekend of leadership training.
 
At the Rotary Club of McHenry Noon meeting on May 18, 2017, Jeff Batt (RYLA coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of McHenry–Sunrise) and Amber Bowgren, Assistant Principal of McHenry Community High School – West, brought three Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients who attended the RYLA weekend of leadership training.  These included Breanna Banker, Denise Beyer, and Rowan Coon.
 
Jeff Batt explained various aspects of the RYLA program.  Each of the three students shared memorable aspects of their experience at the RYLA weekend of leadership training, as well as how each felt it helped them become more refined and effective leaders.  As they continue their postsecondary education, each believed that the RYLA weekend of leadership training has provided meaningful preparation for future leadership.  Assistant Principal Amber Bowgren shared how RYLA has positively impact students at her school.
 
Pictured from left to right are Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients Breanna Banker, Rowan Coon, Denise Beyer; Amber Bowgren (Assistant Principal of McHenry High School West Campus); and Jeff Batt (Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry - Sunrise)
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