High school juniors strive to help change the world
Date: 6/16/2010June 16, 2010
By Katelyn Gendron
Reminder Assistant Editor
SOUTHWICK -- Two juniors at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School are trying to save the world one cause, one donation, and one step at a time.
Courtney Carr and Ellen Contois have been chosen by the Southwick Rotary Club and the District 7980 Rotary, respectively, to represent the region at the 33rd World Affairs Seminar at Carrol University in Waukesha, Wis., later this month. The conference titled, "The Global Freshwater Challenge," will unite students from as many as 30 countries to discuss the impacts of globalization, climate change, water technologies and privatization, global security and human rights.
"I hope to gain a new view on life and think of new ways that I can help the world," Carr said of attending the seminar.
Carr is president of Southwick-Tolland Regional High School's Interact Club, which acts as a junior Rotary club, raising money for various causes.
"It gives you a chance to do something," she said of her participation in the Interact Club. "You're helping on a national and worldwide level and [can] really make a difference."
Carr noted that with the help of others in the Interact Club, including Contois, they were able to donate funds to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Red Cross on behalf of Haitian relief.
She explained she was most enthusiastic about raising funds for animals and would like to pursue that in the future with a focus on endangered species. "I just want to be able to help animals ... [and] prevent animals from suffering," Carr added.
Ellen Miles of the Southwick Rotary Club explained her organization chose Contois to represent them at the World Affairs Seminar in part because of her powerful essay on the meaning of "service above self," the Rotary motto.
She said she hopes Carr and Contois will return from Wisconsin with "a better understanding of cultures ... and some kind of base for their future."
Miles added, "Students are our future leaders and the more exposure they have to local and global issues the better." Contois could not be reached for comment by press time.