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By Pat Doody 

Students share leadership camp experiences

Rotary Club of Tehachapi


May 25, 2019

Pat Doody

From left: Sam Morelos, Daisy Andrade, Brandon Birka, Steven Whelan and Rotary President Chris Naftel.

Four high school students from Tehachapi, recipients of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), told the Rotary Club about their adventures and experiences at RYLA Leadership Camp.

Daisy Andrade, Brandon Birka, Steven Whelan and Sam Morelos explained how the weekend will affect their future leadership abilities.

Whelan said he, "learned how to bond with a person he had never met before." Andrade called the weekend a "game changer." All four referred to their camp experiences as life changing.

Andrade, Birka and Whelan are from Tehachapi High School. Morelos is from Valley Oaks Charter School and is a USAg Academic All American. Unable to attend the Rotary presentation was RYLA recipient Brady Campbell from Tehachapi High School.

The Rotary Club of Tehachapi meets on Thursdays at noon at The Shed, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd. If you are interested in learning more about the club, please check out or contact Tim Trujillo, membership chair, at (661) 821-0086.


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