Scottsdale Rotary Clubs salute local youth student leaders

Youth Salute Nominated Students, from left, Danielle Mara, Saguaro High School; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Shoshana Dubnow, Chaparral; Amal Omar, Saguaro; Maxwell Bartlett, Chaparral; Stefen Koester, Chaparral; Amalia Frohna, Chaparral; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Michael Brinkman, Chaparral; Addie Buzas, Chaparral;  Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame; and, Amalia Frohna, Chaparral. (Submitted photo)

Youth Salute Nominated Students, from left, Danielle Mara, Saguaro High School; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Shoshana Dubnow, Chaparral; Amal Omar, Saguaro; Maxwell Bartlett, Chaparral; Stefen Koester, Chaparral; Amalia Frohna, Chaparral; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Michael Brinkman, Chaparral; Addie Buzas, Chaparral; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame; and, Amalia Frohna, Chaparral. (Submitted photo)

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale and Airpark Rotary Clubs annually collaborate to host “Scottsdale Youth Salute” to applaud the positive accomplishments of local young men and women.

In a special awards program held last Friday, 26 Scottsdale students were honored, with four chosen to represent the local Rotary clubs next fall at an national Rotary event.

Youth Salute Awardees, from left, Tim Baughman, president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale; Addie Buzas, Chaparral; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame; Dr. Nigel Drummond, president of Airpark Rotary; Mary Blank and Mike Savastio, Youth Salute Project co-chairs, Rotary Club of Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Youth Salute Awardees, from left, Tim Baughman, president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale; Addie Buzas, Chaparral; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame; Dr. Nigel Drummond, president of Airpark Rotary; Mary Blank and Mike Savastio, Youth Salute Project co-chairs, Rotary Club of Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

“Youth Salute” recognizes outstanding high school seniors and involves them in seminars and workshops specifically designed to further develop their already formidable leadership skills. Nominations for “Scottsdale’s Youth Salute” candidates are requested during a student’s junior year.

Students are nominated not only on grades, but also on leadership in school activities, religious organizations, or activities in their community.

Each student is asked to complete an application and answer three out of four essay questions.

The two Rotary clubs review the essays, interview each student and then select 12 students to compete on award night by answering an “on the spot question.” Of the 12 selected students, four students are selected to attend “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” to be held mid-October 2015 in St. Louis, Mo.

Youth leaders with diverse backgrounds from across the nation gather in St. Louis at Washington University to participate in the Youth Salute Programs, sponsored by the National Council on Youth Leadership. Town Meeting on Tomorrow inspires youth to service, excellence and outstanding performance by reinforcing active leadership as the key to meeting tomorrow’s needs.

The four winners, from left, Addie Buzas, Chaparral High School; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame High School. (Submitted photo)

The four winners, from left, Addie Buzas, Chaparral High School; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day School; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day School; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame High School. (Submitted photo)

This year the Rotary Clubs received 26 “Youth Salute” leadership nominations from six Scottsdale high schools. At the Youth Salute Award ceremonies held March 25 at Scottsdale Community College, Mike Savastio, Youth Salute Co-Chair/Rotary Club of Scottsdale member, announced the names of the all the nominated students.

SCC Head Football Coach John Avianantos spoke to the nominated students and their parents and guests. Coach Avianantos is a nationally renown speaker and Scottsdale Community College athletic director and head football coach.

As part of the Award Night program activities, Youth Salute Program Co-Chair/Rotary Club of Scottsdale member Mary Blank, presented award certificates to the 26 nominees and announced the four 2015 Scottsdale Youth Salute Award Winners going to the 2015 Town Meeting on Tomorrow in St. Louis: Jason Greenfield and Cole Dady from Phoenix Country Day School High School; Allison Yeomans from Notre Dame High School; Addie Buzas from Chaparral High School.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations visit www.scottsdalerotary.org. Call 480-945-6158.

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