By Jake Doll, Director of College Counseling
Each year, YCDS names two “Students of the Month” from the junior class. This honor is sponsored by the Rotary Club of York, PA. This year’s honorees are Amelia Macek and Nicholas Edris. Amelia and Nicholas, family members, advisors and members of administration all attend a special “monthly” meeting of the Rotary Club of York. Though the meeting handles some business-as-usual, the event is marked special by the engaging speeches each honoree is asked to share. Students receive certificates commemorating their award, and are offered further opportunities through the Rotary.
Amelia and Nicholas were chosen from their junior class for the contributions they have made to YCDS and based on their interests and passions. We are truly proud of their accomplishments, and thank the Rotary Club of York for this avenue of showing that appreciation. The opportunity to speak at the club’s meeting is an incredible way for these students to engage with a professional audience, and allows for networking with some of York’s best companies and firms.
Speaking to her love of diversity and care of others, Amelia impressed the audience with her desire to improve opportunities for others, and allow for greater understanding of differences.
She shared, “One of the things that I thought was extremely unique about YCDS was that they had such an accepting community. This is still my favorite thing about our community, because I consider acceptance a huge part of what I believe in.”
Nicholas shared his passion for robotics and engineering, speaking to how and why he is invested in this area for his future. Leveling out the speech, Nicholas also charmed the audience through sharing his love of food, cooking, and making others happy through the culinary arts.
He stated, “By taking this adventurous path I’ve learned countless lessons in mathematics and spatial reasoning… Looking back on it now it’s remarkable how that young kid just a few years ago was able to develop this passion from two simple objects, a tape measure and a marble, into a full-fledged career direction.”
As an add-on, each year’s honorees receive fully paid sponsorship to the 5-day “Rotary Leaders Conference” held at Messiah College each June. It is intended to provide informative, challenging, and skill-developing experiences within a comfortable environment shared by other exceptional young people with highly visible leadership qualities. Additional opportunities through the Rotary’s exchange program are also available to honorees and other students.
YCDS is proud to share this good news about our students, and is grateful to the Rotary Club of York for its continued support of these programs of recognition and leadership building.