The Rotary Club of Aransas Pass congratulates Alyssa Hinojosa, Jaclyn Rios, and Eddy Trout for participating in the Rotary International District 5930 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program held February 1 through 3, 2019 at Camp Zephyr on Lake Corpus Christi. Thomas Ledesma, a 2018 RYLA participant is also congratulated.  Thomas returned in 2019 as a “Trailblazer” counselor.   
       Students from Victoria to the Rio Grande Valley participated in leadership, motivational, and team building events while at RYLA.  150 Students participated in RYLA weekend 2019.  RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program for youth.  Program activities focus on development of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and team decision -making skills all through experiential learning. RYLA also highlights and rewards the kinds of character traits demonstrated in positive, effective leadership. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.     
 RYLA aims to:
  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage continued and strong leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are participating in their community and school activities.
      Alyssa Hinojosa participates in HOSA (Future Health Professionals), NHS (National Honor Society), Robotics and Band at APHS.  She is the Assistant Drum Major in the Marching Band. Alyssa plans to major in Instructional Music Studies and aspires to teach Music at the college level.  Alyssa received the “Motivation” Award at the RYLA closing ceremony.   
      Jaclyn Rios participates in HOSA, NHS, the Spanish Club and Student Council at APHS.  Jaclyn plans to attend the University of Texas and wants to become an Anesthesiologist.
      Eddy Trout participates in FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), NHS, Robotics, Spanish Club, and the Student Council.  Eddy is an officer in the FCCLA, Spanish Club and Student Council.  Eddy has a broad range of interests and continues to decide his future beyond APHS. 
      Thomas Ledesma participates in FCCLA, Student Council, Varsity Cross Country, Mascot, and NHS at APHS.  Thomas plans to attend UTSA upon graduation majoring in Civil Engineering or Architecture.       
      Alyssa, Jaclyn, and Eddy did an excellent job in representing the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, APISD, and our community as leaders while at RYLA in 2019.  All three students stated that RYLA had a positive effect on their lives and all hope to become RYLA first year counselors (Trailblazers) in 2020.  Thomas was a Trailblazer this year and did an excellent job in representing the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, APISD, and our community while at RYLA in 2019.    
      Alyssa, Jaclyn, and Eddy attended the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass February 25, 2019 meeting and were recognized for their leadership.   
       To Alyssa, Jaclyn, Eddy, and Thomas, Thanks and Great Job!  Tomorrow’s leaders are today’s youth.    
Picture by Karen Gayle
Article by Bud Lockwood
Submitted February 27, 2019 by Karen Gayle     
Picture, Left to Right: 
                Eddy Trout
                Jaclyn Rios
                Alyssa Hinojosa
                Bud Lockwood, Rotarian