Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club recently sponsored area students in a SLAPSHOT program held in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.
SLAPSHOT stands for Student Leadership Award Program for Students High on Training and is organized by Rotary District 7090. It is designed to promote, honor, celebrate and nurture young leaders who are high school students 15 to 18 years old.
The weekend agenda was focused on maximizing the promotion of leadership, self-esteem and teamwork. It offers the opportunity for 100 high school students in the district to come together for a unique experience of fun, fellowship and learning. The program is founded on Rotary ideals and serves as a strong link on the continuum of Rotary's youth leadership development opportunities, which include Youth Exchange, RYLS, Early Act, Interact and Rotaract.
SLAPSHOT students who recently attended the leadership program held in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, are, from left to right: Mary Schmitz of Chautauqua Lake Central School; Jordan Boland of Sherman Central School; and Kimberly Pacy of Sherman Central School. The students visited Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club to tell of their experience.
This year's SLAPSHOT students who visited Rotary recently, invited by New Generations chai Dan Smith, were Mary Schmitz of Chautauqua Lake Central School and Kimberly Pacy and Jordan Boland, both of Sherman Central School. They told of their experience and how much they enjoyed the weekend. Also on the SLAPSHOT trip was Ashley Lancaster of Westfield Academy and Central School, who couldn't attend the Rotary meeting.
The workshop sessions and topics covered during the weekend included interpersonal skill development, teenage issues and concerns and development of personal solutions for dealing with these issues.
"The SLAPSHOT program was highly successful in its attainment of the stated goals and will be continued annually," according to Smith.