Teens attend Rotary leadership program

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Rotary Club of Greencastle sponsored Sarah Jansen and Devon Houpt in a leadership conference.

Two Greencastle youths were among 54  young people ages 15 to 17 who learned about decision making, diversity, and leadership styles during a four-day-long Rotary-sponsored event for youth. Known as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), the program provides education and training for young people with outstanding leadership potential.

The Rotary Club of Greencastle sponsored Sarah Jansen and Devon Houpt, both seniors in the class of 2011 to participate in RYLA.  The students heard informative presentations and participated in such activities as a business venture competition and team-building games.  RYLA participants receive training from successful professionals, with special emphasis on the importance of ethics and community service. They often become leaders in their schools, communities, and career paths.

Sarah is the daughter of Arnold and Laura Jansen.  Sarah is a member of Peer Leaders, Student Council, Concert Band and Choir, Drama Club, Art Club, Tumani Ambassadors, Field Hockey and has received several academic achievement awards.

Devon is the son of Brian and Angela Houpt. Devon is a Peer Leader, Youth Worship Leader at Otterbein Church in Waynesboro, and has also received several academic achievement awards.    

The Rotary Club of Greencastle is part of Rotary International's global network of more than 31,000 clubs in 166 countries. Rotary International consists of 1.2 million professionals who volunteer to improve the quality of life in their home and world communities. Through service efforts, Rotary club members help promote understanding and peace throughout the world. Rotary clubs support programs that address today's most critical issues, including hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and youth development.