The Berlin High School Interact Club recently honored student members for excellence in community service and leadership training. The club is sponsored by the local New Britain-Berlin and Kensington-Berlin Rotary clubs and advised by Lisa Downey and Michele Imossi.
Students and family members gathered to recognize board members, Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients, World Affairs Seminar attendees, Rotary Youth Exchange Program participants, graduating senior members, senior scholarship recipients and Distinguished Service Award winners.
The club consisted of more than 150 student members this year and completed over 725 community service hours at 35 different community events, partnering with Rotary clubs, Lions Club, CCARC, Salvation Army, YWCA and Hungerford.
Students in the club volunteer at soup kitchens, gather trash to recycle at the Berlin Fair and assist at Hungerford Park events.
The highlight of the night at the recent Interact gathering was the Youth Exchange portion. Berlin hosted its first Rotary Exchange student, Camila Villagran, from Chile, this school year. Villagran said she has enjoyed her experience in America. She is sad to be going home in a few weeks but looks forward to keeping in touch with her new friends and host families.
Next year, the Interact Club will welcome Onariya Manomaiphan, from Thailand.
-- Press Release