Denali Quionez and Jil Patel, students at Lincoln County High School, were recently selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts.
The students were selected by members of the Fayetteville Rotary Club, which also sponsored the students’ participation in RYLA.
Organized for the purpose of developing students’ skills as leaders while having fun and making connections, RYLA events are organized by Rotary Clubs across the nation. The event attended by Quionez and Patel were organized locally by Rotarians in District 6780 and emphasized leadership, citizenship and personal growth.
The one day event was held Sept. 23 in Crossville.
“RYLA was such a wonderful experience, and I got to make new friends from different parts of the state and we all had so much fun while competing challengers that improved our leadership skills,” said Denali. “My favorite part was listening to Dr. Ming Wang; he inspires me, so it was privilege to personally meet him and get my book signed by him.”
“RYLA was an amazing experience,” said Jil. “Throughout the day, I got the chance to meet several new and wonderful friends. I also got the opportunity to take part in many different activities. These activities were based on the ability to lead and conduct teamwork.
“I even than the chance to meet some wonderful exchange students,” she continued. “The different challenges bonded us together. It felt as if we had known each other for years. My favorite part of the entire day was when we got the chance to listen to Dr. Ming Wang. He was such a wonderful man, and I’m very happy to have had the chance to meet him.”