Students Honored for Youth Leadership Course



A group of students were honored by the Hamilton Rotary Club after completing the Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Course.

Toastmasters International is a US-based nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs around the world to promote communication, public speaking, and leadership.

The students, aged 12 to 18, had to prepare and write speeches and assess their peers during the eight-week course.

The winners were Etienne Wolfe and Jack McDonnell [Warwick Academy]Emoy Holdip Lynch [Berkeley Institute]Shaniya Simmons [Bermuda College]Marli Spriggs [Bermuda High School for Girls]and Joanna Santiago [Saltus Grammar School].

Nyesa Jones [Berkeley Institute]received the Vision of Excellence for demonstrating commitment, perseverance and team spirit, while Sari Smith [Bermuda College] was named Rotary Interact Student of the Year.

Ms. Smith has coordinated several intergenerational programs, including distributing over 100 bags of adult toiletries and underwear to seniors in nursing homes, donating $1,000 in food stamps to PALS, and organizing a registration program for the elderly, where the Rotary Interactors called on senior citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The local coordinators of the Toastmasters International program were Rotarians Darnell Jones and Cathy Bassett.

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