Gadson shares camp experience

Published 7:39 am Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nicole Gadson, a Bainbridge High School student, shared her experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp with the Bainbridge Rotary Club Tuesday during lunch.

Morgan Ulm, who was unable to attend the lunch meeting, also attended the camp. Gadson and Ulm were two of approximately 80 young people to attend the camp.

Held last June 27-30 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, RYLA is a leadership-training program for young people selected by local Rotary Clubs.

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Gadson, who is member of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Bainbridge High School, thanked the club for allowing her to attend the four-day camp. During the camp, young people from different home backgrounds and educational backgrounds are brought together to work, learn and discuss the problems of their generations.

The campers are typically paired with others of varied backgrounds to fully appreciate the experience.

“I went with Morgan, but I barely saw her because we were split up,” said Gadson. “My southern accent got picked on, but that’s OK because I represented the area well.”