Scottsdale students vie for Rotary Leadership honors

Committee leader Sara Crosby-Hartman gives instructions to the Youth Salute judges.

Committee leader Sara Crosby-Hartman gives instructions to the Youth Salute judges.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale and Airpark Rotary Rotarians, along with community volunteers, recently gathered at Chaparral High School for Youth Salute Leadership individual student interviews.

Rotarians Max Rumbaugh and Roger Rohrs shared interviewing best practices before students met the judging teams.

Rotarians Max Rumbaugh and Roger Rohrs shared interviewing best practices before students met the judging teams.

High school students from 11 different Scottsdale high schools were interviewed individually during a three-hour period of judging.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Committee Co-chairs Mike Savastio, Sara-Crosby-Hartman and Mary Blank along with the support of Airpark Rotary Club, celebrated another great year of turnout of judges and students.

Eight teams of three to four Rotarians and community volunteers met and interviewed 53 of Scottsdale’s teen leaders. Rotarians Max Rumbaugh and Roger Rohrs took time before each interview to share and advise each student about interviewing best practices.

Youth Salute is a recognition program for high school juniors who are leadership achievers. The program is designed to applaud young people who are good citizens, have at least a B grade-point average, and have been elected to a leadership position by their peers, in their schools and or community organizations.

All students interviewed will be introduced and semi-finalists will be announced at Scottsdale Community College April 7 starting at 5:45 p.m.

From left, Rotarians Dr. Honora Norton, Sara Crosby-Hartman, Mary Blank and Jeanette Griswold ready to greet students as they arrive for interviews.

From left, Rotarians Dr. Honora Norton, Sara Crosby-Hartman, Mary Blank and Jeanette Griswold ready to greet students as they arrive for interviews.

Rotary members, guests and parents are invited to the special evening to celebrate the community’s young leaders.

Each of the semi-finalists will be given two minutes to answer a “final question.” Four winners are then selected and announced.

The winners receive scholarships and trips to a leadership conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Visit www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

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