Club News
On March 17th, we heard from our March Student of the month, Quynh Mai.  In addition to a heavy load of AP classes, Quynh is also taking College Spanish and Composition through the U of MN.   She enjoys dance as both a student and volunteer.  Her parents encouraged her to do Band as she entered high school.  Quynh admitted she didn't like Band then but participated in the RHS Marching Band for 3 years and was happy for the experience and her parent's encouragement.  Band & Dance taught her to "build connections".  It was clear to our group that Quynh has a high level of maturity....that she is humble....that she is very appreciative....and she has a high dedication to family.
Her plans are to focus on Neuro Science and I have been told that she has already been accepted by her top 2 choices, Yale & USC!  Our club wishes you the best Quynh....keep on dancing.
 
On Feb 17th, we heard from our Student of the Month, Claire Chumbley.  I missed most of her talk due to a bad connection during our Zoom meeting so I am relying on notes from the RHS Principal.  Most memorable was Mr Roback's comment that she has impacted our community in a positive way.  In addition to her many AP classes, Claire also took College classes in Anatomy & Physiology.  She is also in Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Marching Band, Science Olympiad, Environmental Science Club.  I loved when Claire mentioned participating on the Golf team to try something new.  Claire is thinking of focusing on Chemistry or Exercise Science and her top 3 colleges are Chicago Loyola, UNC & Wisconsin.  Our club wishes you the best!  It's clear you have a bright future ahead.
 
Today we met our January SOM, Virinch Pandari.  He was described to us as one of the "best & brightest".
Some of the things we learned about Virinch:
*  He was the founder and President of the RHS Cubing Club.  He qualified for the 2017 World        Championships in Paris (personal best 7 seconds).
*  He earned recognition as one of the top 3 debaters in MN.
*  He volunteered in India to help underprivileged children (both teaching and writing curriculum) and also studied infrastructure systems in Mumbai.
*  His dream job would be a professional gamer but he plans to study Economics & Finance hopefully at the U of Chicago.
Virinch's passion for community service became evident to us.   We wish him the best on his journey.
 
Today our club heard from Tony Compton (Director of Communications @ 360 Communities) & Stephanie Plaster (Program Manager @ The Link).  Their topic was about a program that supports Dakota County homeless youth called Host Homes.   The Host Homes action team is made up of volunteer community members, service providers, and members of the faith community.  The Link supplies youth to the YMCA and the YMCA will match the youth to a Home.  We learned that 51% of the 16-24 yr old homeless are couch hopping and the rest are hard to find as they fly under the radar.   That on any given night, an estimated 6,000 Minnesota youth and young adults experience homelessness with only around 100 youth shelter beds.  We also heard of success stories and that kids want 1. Safety 2. Security 3. Love.
See the photo for more information on how you can help.   Thanks Tony & Stephanie for your presentation and work with Host Homes!
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