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Rotary welcomes Niles, Brandywine students

Published 10:06pm Monday, September 24, 2012

The Niles-Buchanan Rotary Club took on a much younger look Monday.

Five students from two schools — Brandywine High School and Niles High School — sat in on the club’s regular noon luncheon at Riverfront Cafe in Niles. They were there as part of a program designed to expose local seniors to area business leaders, the value of social networking and the Rotary Club.

“It’s a good way for students to see what service clubs are all about and, hopefully, inspire them to be involved in Rotary in the future,” said Kim Wooden, Rotary Club member.

“They also get to know other professionals and learn what it’s like to stand up in front of a group, even if your knees are knocking, and tell them who you are.”

Each group of students attends the Rotary Club’s weekly meetings for a period of three to four weeks, Wooden said.

Monday’s program included guest speaker David Steen, retiring science chair from Andrews University. He gave a brief introduction to new discoveries at the cellular level.

Students participating in the program are:

n Patience Newman, a Brandywine High School senior who plans to get into international business and hotel management.

n Alissa Gamble, a Brandywine High School senior who is the vice president of her senior class and plans to become an orthodontist.

n Gavin Croom, a Niles High School senior who has been involved in the school’s robotics program for three years. He plans to study pharmacy at Ferris State University.

n Stuart Coulston, a Niles High School senior and member of the Business Professionals of America. He plans to study business marketing at either the University of Michigan, Michigan State University or Miami of Ohio.

n Karen Bounds, a Niles High School senior who does a lot of volunteer work at local hospitals. She plans to attend Andrews University and study biology.

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