Changing the world


Members of the Interact Club pose for a group picture before the Annual Rotary District conference takes place at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Ind. Back row: Caitlyn Mavity (10) and Emily Barnes (10). Front row: Michael O’Donnell (10), Chris Zeharalis (12), Duaa Hijaz (12) and Jovana Dodevska (12) . Not pictured: Natalia Kuzbiel (12).

Sarah Bredar

Interact Club, the high school branch of Rotary International, has been a prominent organization at Lake Central for over 15 years. Throughout this time, sponsor Mr. Tom Clark, Social Studies, and club members have spearheaded and carried out numerous projects in both the local and international communities.

On Saturday, April 4, Interact Club members travelled to the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Ind., for the Annual Rotary District Conference.

“This was the Rotary District Conference, and around four other schools from Northwest Indiana, including our Interact Club, went. There were a few guest speakers who shared what they’re doing [through Rotary] around the world. They [brought] those ideas to us and we discussed them with all the other schools,” Duaa Hijaz (12) said.

At the conference, several other schools and even countries were represented from the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and other Interact Clubs within the district.

“Rotarians try to reach out to [countries] around the world and want to expose students to all those different cultures. Students [in the Rotary] Youth Exchange Program go and learn in different countries. We [as Interact members] get to learn [from them] and they get to inspire our students,” Hijaz said.

Through this conference, several other Interact Clubs coordinated with Lake Central’s to begin the inter-school fundraiser “Pennies for Polio.” This fundraiser will entail competitions against other schools to see who can raise the most money for the fight against polio.