During our meeting January 8, 2018, we honored Sydney Yu as the Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar for January 2018.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement.
Sydney expects to graduate FAU HS in spring 2018.  Although Sydney joined the FAU HS program as a Junior last year, she was quick to become involved in the unique and special opportunities provided by the on campus FAU HS program such as the college FAU Owl to Owl Tutoring program, achieving the highest average visits per hour.
Additionally, Sydney told us about the research opportunities available through FAU and the FAU HS program.  She has been able to join a research lab at FAU's College of Engineering to aid in development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) based diagnostic system for the Zika virus.  And through participation in FAU research, she has had a review paper published and ultimately received a grant to fund additional research on home-based sperm analysis.
Expressing extreme gratitude for being included in the FAU HS program, Sydney told us how the FAU HS experiences have shaped her future path and goals.  Although not certain of exactly what she will do after graduating, she is currently considering further education at FAU working toward a BS in Computer Engineering and Biochemistry, expected in 2020. 
As PDG Phil Lustig, co-chair of the project this year, presented the certificate honoring Sydney Yu, he was joined by Club President Lee Barnard and Club Past President Mathieu Daquin, who initiated the FAU HS Rotary Scholar project in 2013 when he joined Rotary Boca Raton Sunset.  Sydney indicated how grateful she is to have been selected and honored as the FAU HS Rotary Scholar for January 2018.
Sydney was accompanied by her family: younger brother Jordan, mother June, and father Sandy.  PDG Charlie Bromberg highlighted the importance of family influence and support for developing outstanding scholars such as Sydney.  She responded gratefully by telling us how she became aware of the FAU HS program through friends of her parents, and how they encouraged her to research and apply for the FAU HS program. 
We are glad she became an FAU HS student because she is not only a super representation of the program, but she also is an active leader of the FAU HS Interact Club.  With her enthusiasm and immediate involvement in the Interact Club we were fortunate to have her and fellow Interact Club members supporting our end-of-race refreshment for the PAL Half Marathon and 5K Race in November 2017.