CENTREVILLE — During the June 20 meeting of the Centreville Rotary Club, six graduating seniors from Queen Anne’s County were recognized for outstanding achievements. The recent graduates received college scholarships based on their impressive records and future goals, according to Tom Harlan, past president and current Assistant District Governor.
Those students from Queen Anne’s High School were: Abigail Heinz, Kierston Lancaster, Ryan Muller, Michael Hendrix, and Julia Grace Redpath. Receiving further recognition was Madison Darrah, who was awarded the annual Character Counts Award.
Redpath served as president of the Rotary Club sponsored high school Interact Club. The QA Interact Club was recently recognized at Rotary’s annual district conference in Wilmington with the Youth Service Award as the outstanding high school Interact Club in Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.
High school Interact Clubs are modeled after adult Rotary Clubs and share the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”, explained Harlan. The QA local club consists of 163 members and has completed numerous projects designed to help others both here and abroad, he said.
Clubs are expected to carry out at least two community service projects each year, including one that furthers international peace and goodwill, our club has done far more than that, says Harlan.
Some of the projects completed by the local club this past year include:
Rock Hall Triathlon: Over 30 students volunteered to run water and aid stations and provide support to the overall operation of the race.
Rotary Artisan’s Festival: Students volunteered to set up and take down displays at the festival at Chesapeake College.
Make a Difference Day: Interact members were asked to donate spare change at lunch shifts with all proceeds going to help purchase baby items to be given out to those in need. Students donated over $120 in spare change to this effort.
Interact and Acme Markets: Members volunteered to support “Turkey Bucks” and “Hunger Bags” programs which provide Thanksgiving meals and food for local food banks. This was done on weekends through the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
Operation Christmas Child: Students filled 115 shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse, a world-wide relief organization that sends essentials and small gifts to children in need around the world.
President of the Interact Club Madison Darrah added, “Most people think Interact Club is a service club ... it is that and so much more.
“Volunteering my time through Interact has taught me much about the community and others. I have been able to have fun and spend time with my friends while doing something meaningful and needed for the community.
“Through Interact I have had the chance to develop my leadership skills and hopefully inspire others to volunteer for service to the community.”