GRANVILLE, Ohio (April 7, 2017)—The Rotary Club of Granville is proud to announce that it has awarded the prestigious Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to three high school students, Anna Baltisberger, Cecilia Reinhardt and Sydney Bednarski, all of Granville High School, Granville, OH.  The scholarships, valued at over $24,000.00, cover room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend for one academic year.  These scholarships are awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Rotary Club of Granville.
 
          
Photos (left to right):  Anna Baltisberger, Cecilia Reinhardt, Sydney Bednarski
 
 
 
 
In August 2017, the students will begin their role as a global ambassador when they depart for their year-long exchange.  Anna’s exchange will be in Brazil. Cecilia’s exchange will be in Hungary and Sydney’s will be in Slovakia.  Between now and their departure date, they will be involved in extensive language and cultural training and preparation to be immersed in their new culture provided by Rotary.
 
Annually, 8,000 students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 years old participate in this program worldwide.  The program began in the 1920s and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding the world.  Rotary Youth Exchange is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a non-profit organization committed to setting standards for international educational travel and monitoring compliance with those standards.  It is also approved by the U.S. Department of State.
 
The Rotary Club of Granville
The Rotary Club of Granville was chartered in 1949, has a dynamic membership of more than 80 men and women actively dedicated to fostering service above self in their community and around the globe, and is part of Rotary International District 6690.
 
District 6690 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
The Youth Exchange (YE) program in District 6690 covering Central and Southeast Ohio is growing through the efforts of the YE committee, the district leadership, and individual clubs. In 2017, District 6690 RYE received, for the fifth time, the Gold District Achievement Award at the annual conference of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN).
District 6690 RYE has exchange agreements with over 25 countries and has an annual exchange ratio of 1:1 resulting in over 80 total students participating (year-long and short-term summer program). District 6690 is seeking potential host families in Central and Southeast Ohio for the 2017-18 academic year. The host family is responsible for providing room and board for the inbound exchange student for approximately three months. Host families are a vital part of the cultural exchange program.
 
CONTACT:

Walter Lundstrom, District Youth Exchange Chair - Rotary District 6690

walterlundstrom@gmail.com| 614-592-2255 | www.rye6690.com

 
Kathy Gatterdam, Youth Exchange Officer, Columbus Rotary Club

kgatterdamccl@gmail.com | 614-306-4912 | www.rye6690.com

 

 
BIOGRAPHIES:  More about the Youth Exchange Scholarship Recipients
 
Anna Baltisberger – Rotary Youth Exchange Biography
 
      
Oi! My name is Anna Baltisberger, and I have the honor of traveling to Brazil through Rotary Youth Exchange in this upcoming year! I am currently 17 years old, and will be a graduate of Granville High School in May. I am very excited to spend a year in Pirituba, Brazil before attending college in fall 2018! In high school, I have been involved in the marching band, theater program, and many different clubs. I have always loved trying new things and pushing my limits, as I will continue to do while in Brazil. I am also beyond excited to have the opportunity to live in Brazil as I am planning on majoring in environmental studies, and I believe this is a great country to learn about issues and solutions up close. I am thankful to my parents and siblings for being supportive of me as I embark on this great adventure. I hope to soak up the culture from the people around me while I am there, and maybe even bring some sun back to Ohio. Even as this exchange will be challenging, I cannot wait for all the new experiences that will come of it! Thank you to the Granville Rotary Club and district 6690 for sponsoring and supporting me, I am extremely grateful for this unique opportunity!
 
Cecilia Reinhardt – Rotary Youth Exchange Biography
 
     
 
Szia! Hello. My name is Cecilia Reinhardt. I am 17 years old and will graduate this year from Granville High School. I love to experience new things and going on adventures to new places. Next school year I will be travelling to Hungary and repeat my senior year abroad; I could not be more excited! I have met with a 
language tutor who lived in Hungary for several years and she shared that there are wonderful bakeries on nearly every street - something I look forward to, in addition to meeting new people and new experiences. In the US, I am heavily involved in technical theatre and band. I have stage managed several shows during the last four years and hope to be able to participate in theatre abroad and make lifelong friends who share this passion. Before high school, I was also very involved with Irish Dance and will look for an opportunity to participate in dance classes while in Hungary. I also love being outdoors and enjoying nature. Hiking in different mountain ranges in Europe is something I cannot wait to experience. I look forward to having my own stories to share when I return and participate in the rebound weekend. I have always had a desire to travel and am very thankful to my family, Granville Rotary Club, and District 6690 for providing me with this amazing opportunity.
 
Sydney Bednarski – Rotary Youth Exchange Biography
 
 
Ahoj!!! Hello!
My name is Sydney Bednarski, and I will be doing a long-term exchange to Slovakia for my 2017-2018 school year! I am a junior now and will be gone during my senior year, and I am beyond excited! I have lived in Granville, Ohio my whole life, a small town just about 40 minutes East of Columbus. I love anything having to do with being outside, like hiking, swimming, and playing sports. I also like to travel and have been lucky enough to travel all across the country and to various parts out of the country. I am most excited to meet new people and create new memories while abroad, that I wouldn't be able to have while staying home. I can't wait to meet new people and experience a completely different culture than what I'm used to. I know I am going to have the time of my life and I owe all of it to my amazing Rotary Club and Rotary International, I truly have no words that can express my gratitude for this program! Can't wait to share my experience with everyone!
Dovidenia! Goodbye!