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Local students spend week at Camp RYLA


Fort Frances area students Faical Cheblaoui and Sheri Galusha recently spent a week attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp, held at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

More than 100 students participated in the camp, which is devoted to developing leadership skills.

This was the largest group in the history of the program in Crookston, with student from 60 different high school across Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario--all of which comprise Rotary District 5580.

“The main thing I noticed when I was there is I met really good people,” Cheblaoui noted. “There are people there who were amazing--there could be presidents there, I think, terrific people.”

Camp RYLA’s mission is to provide outstanding high school student leaders with a variety of education and recreational activities. These activities provide numerous opportunities for leadership and team building.

They are designed to expand, improve, and refine participants’ leadership skills. The camp also promotes the development of active citizenship skills.

“I’m bringing back a better attitude towards my family, a better attitude towards other people,” Cheblaoui said. “I use leadership everywhere. Leadership just means [making] the best possible decision you can do to accomplish something.

“The main thing it means is to listen to what others have to say,” he said. “If you’re a good leader, you’ll listen to others.”

Galusha could not be reached for comment by press time.

Most of those participating will be high school seniors in 2000-2001. Participation in Ryla is offered to outstanding young men and women who have demonstrated leadership potential, academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, and work experience.

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