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Rotary Youth Leadership honors awarded

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Rotary Club handed out two Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Tuesday at the club's weekly luncheon.

The awards, given by Rotary District 6900, were given to rising juniors Chelsea Fitzhugh of Albany High School and Kavase Trappier of Dougherty High.

The local youths will join more than 100 students at a four-day RYLA conference to be held June 26-29 in Americus on the campuses of Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College.

The conference will involve team-building and leadership skills on the ropes course at GSW and other activities such as working with conference counselors and speakers.

"This is a great program for the youth of our area," Selection Committee Chair Ray Allen said. "This is an opportunity to get together in a fun, learning environment."

A RYLA Conference is unique in that young people from diverse social and educational backgrounds, religions and assorted experiences are brought together to work, learn and discuss the problems of their generation.

"I'm really looking forward to the trip," Chelsea, daughter of Verona Fitzhugh, said. "I want to learn as much as I can and take that knowledge back with me to Albany High and share it with my classmates."

The students were nominated by area high school principals, and the nominees were narrowed down and winners chosen by the Albany Rotary Club Selection Committee.

Instructors for the conference include the husband-and-wife team of Robbie and Patty Robertson, Jonathon Golden and Camper Bull.

Robbie Robertson is a former Navy Seal with more than 25 years in the field of human behavior. Patty Robertson has more than 40 years experience in child development and family relationships.

Golden is the creator of the Lifeworks Seminars and is the founder of Career Decisions Inc. Prior to forming CDI, he was a faculty member at Mercer University.

Bull, educated at Drew University in Madison, N.J., has developed and implemented several leadership training programs in business and industry as well as for high school seniors and foreign exchange students.