Two Interact students address local Rotarians

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 2/20/19

Two local high school students who are members of the Rotary International's Interact Club each spoke during the Rotary Club of Cleveland's weekly luncheon, held Tuesday at the Museum Center.The two …

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Two Interact students address local Rotarians

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Two local high school students who are members of the Rotary International's Interact Club each spoke during the Rotary Club of Cleveland's weekly luncheon, held Tuesday at the Museum Center.

The two students, Lily Bradney, of Cleveland High School, and  McKenzie Mancini of Bradley Central High School made speeches based on the framework of the club's Four-Way Test, which is a guiding principal Rotarians use for their personal and professional lives.

Bradney, who is a sophomore, discussed a mission trip to southern Florida where she worked with latchkey kids during after school programs. 

She said the program was much like summer camp, where children participated in sports and arts and crafts.

During the programs, Bradney spent time with the children, helping them with projects such as decorating shirts to resemble sports jerseys.

In addition, Bradney said she used the opportunity to speak of her faith.

"The mission taught me that I have so much to be thankful for," Bradney said.

Mancini spoke about sexual assault and the secrecy that keeps victims silenced.

"Someone in the United States is raped every 98 seconds," Mancini said.

The high school senior listed the questions Rotarians should ask themselves each day as they go about their personal and professional lives.

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Mancini said those who are aware of situations involving sexual assault must use those principles to stop the wall of silence that surrounds such incidents, making it difficult to help those who have been affected by assault.

"It's the only way there will be truly justice for all," Mancini said.

According to Rotary International's website, Interact lets students ages 12 to 18  carry out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Clubs meet at least twice a month and are sponsored by their local Rotary club. During Interact Club activities, students can connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills and make international connections.


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