Interact students unite at Canadian conference

Interact clubs bring young people, age 12 to 18, together to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Interact clubs are sponsored by local Rotary clubs, and one of the most ambitious Rotary-Interact initiatives, the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention, is a new four-day conference which aims to bring together American, Bermudan, Canadian, and French Interact students to build a cross-border community of peers.

Berlin High School sophomore John Platt participated in the convention, and was the only student selected to participate from the local Rotary District.

Platt is the Sophomore Representative in the BHS Interact Club and is involved in a division of Boy Scouts called the Order of the Arrow, where he serves as a Camp Chief and Section Secretary.

Platt’s trip to the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention was sponsored by the New Britain-Berlin and Kensington-Berlin Rotary clubs.

Over the course of four days, passionate Interactors joined together in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and through interactive sessions and high-profile speakers, explored topics of resilience, the necessity of youth leadership in our ever-changing world, and the power of collaboration to tackle global issues.

“I hope others within the district and community take advantage of leadership opportunities like this not just to benefit themselves, but rather the world,” said Platt.

Using the new skills he learned, Platt is planning on developing new international and local projects for the community’s Rotary and Interact clubs.

Also, he is hoping to plan events and unify all Rotary and Interact clubs within the district.

Additionally, Platt is striving to be on the planning committee for the next Interact convention in 2024.


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