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FAU HS Rotary Scholar for January 2018 Sydney Yu 
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.
David Kelly Honored as Paul Harris Fellow
With a great deal of pleasure, PDG Phil Lustig surprised FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly with a special honor making David a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Paul Harris Fellow award is granted in recognition of $1,000 donated to The Rotary Foundation by or on behalf of the recipient.  PDG Phil made sure this happened on behalf of our club to recognize the extraordinary effort and difficult task or selecting excelling students from among so many high achievers in the FAU HS program. 
 
David helped us from the beginning of the project when Mathieu Daquin excited our club to establish the Rotary Boca Raton Sunset FAU Senior of the Month and ultimately Scholar of the Year for 2013.  When our club determined that it was beyond our collective capacity to make the difficult judgement and selection of one among eight superstars to recognize as the Scholar of the Year, we decided to increase the award and honor all eight equally in the 2014-15 FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month project.  This of course put the entire selection burden on David, and he rose to the challenge.  He has helped us improve this project each year as we get to know and honor the best among these great students.  For the 2018-19 FAU HS Scholar of the Month series, we are hoping to enhance the project again by providing special support for exceptional students who also have additional financial needs.
Special Guests January 8, 2018
Club President Nominee Susan Meister introduced her daughter Sarah, who is visiting from California.  Nice to meet you Sarah and we hope you will visit us again.
 
Additionally, our newest member Miriam Egan introduced us to two prospective members: Digna Mejia and Ramona Michael.  Digna is an Higher Education Adminitrator referred to our club by Past District 6930 Governor Betsy Owen and Miriam has agreed to be her sponsor.   Mona is a retiring Teacher and a neighbor who Miriam also wants to sponsor for membership.  We look forward to seeing both Digna and Mona again as we get to know them better.
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2017-18 Speaker Schedule
Jan 15  Club Assembly or surprise speaker
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Jan 29  Ava Parker - Palm Beach State College
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