Huntington High School’s Interact Club is set for what just might be its best year ever in 2018/19.
A Rotary International program for teenagers, Interact strives to carry out hands-on projects and offers members a chance to make international connections, develop leadership skills and have fun while making a positive difference in the world.
Natalie McCann will serve as president with Noah Morris occupying the position of vice president. Mia Nitekman will be the treasurer with Katie Stock serving as corresponding secretary and Phoebe Walther carrying out recording secretary duties. Katie Riley will be the historian and Haley Mortell will serve as the organization’s public relations coordinator. Jackson Pitti and Christiana DeLuca will be administrative assistants.
The Huntington club is open to any student in the building. There are more than 12,300 Interact chapters in 133 countries. Supported by the local Rotary Club, the high school chapter’s goal is to carry out at least two service projects a year, one local and the other aiding an international organization providing assistance to those in need.
“There are big plans for Interact this coming school year,” Ms. McCann said. “We’re going to do things that have never been done before and also keep our long standing traditions alive, including working with Washington Primary School kids and selling rafikis handmade jewelry.”
Ms. McCann is living in San Francisco with her cousin this summer, working in food kitchens for the homeless and doing a lot of reading.
“I’m interested in LIU Global and studying global history with minors in business and entrepreneurship and arts and communications,” said Ms. McCann about a future college possibility.
Huntington Interact also plans to continue participating in the WE initiative. “WE is a movement that exists for one reason: to make the world a better place,” according to the organization. “We are shameless idealists who believe that there is a version of our highest selves that comes from living a life of daily legacies. Our lives take on a deeper, transformative meaning when we impact the lives of others. I am WE.”
Amanda LoScalzo a member of Huntington’s Class of 2017 who is set to enter her sophomore year at Gettysburg College helped resurrect the long dormant high school club three years ago and it quickly took off with an energetic group of teenagers working with Ms. Tedeschi on some ambitious projects.
Contact Ms. Tedeschi ([email protected]) for more information about the Huntington High School Interact Club chapter.