Trio of Eisenhower students headed to leadership camp

Eisenhower High School students (from left) Josef Bauer, Aniela Gesing, and Lydia Giannini will attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in June.

A trio of Eisenhower High School juniors will attend a prestigious leadership camp this summer.

Aniela Gesing, Lydia Giannini, and Josef Bauer were nominated and selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at Westminster College from June 10 through 15.

The international camp was started in 1971 and is “designed to demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth, provide and effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders, encourage leadership of youth by youth, and to recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities,” according to a Rotary release.

“We are honored to be nominated and selected to attend the RYLA camp,” Bauer said.

There is no cost to the students.

“We cover all expenses,” Dr. William Clark of Rotary Club of Warren said. “We’re looking for leadership potential, good citizenship, and a desire to attend the conference and scholarship.”

The camp brings together about 100 students, all of whom are entering senior years of high school, from the region.

They will spend time in “workshops that challenge them to sharpen their leadership skills, daily small-group discussions, and structured social activities each evening,” Demorest said. “It’s a great experience.”

Clark said two Warren County School District students are typically selected, but there was some money carried over when one did not attend last year.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find students who have time. “Most of your leadership kids are working, or doing SAT prep, or making college visits” after their junior years, Demorest said.

“It’s good to see our kids participate and succeed,” Demorest said.

“We’re proud of our achievements.”

The camp is a benefit to the students who attend, but also to the schools they return to.

“They get some leadership skills now and hopefully during their senior year they’ll be able to emulate those,” Clark said.

Demorest said the school climate will improve from having Giannini, Gesing, and Bauer attend the camp. “They’ll come back and they’ll apply it,” he said.

“We hope to hone our leadership skills and bring that back to Eisenhower to improve both ourselves and our school community,” Bauer said.