Youth RotaryMember to Speak at United Nations

Some students get to meet the governor. Others might even meet the president. Hayden Sutton will meet the world.

The Lowell High School junior has been chosen to address the United Nations General Assembly this Saturday, Nov. 1. Hayden is representing the Lowell chapter of Interact, a teen version of Rotary International, at the U.N.’s annual Rotary Day.

Doug Mealey, the Interact coordinator for Rotary District 6290, asked Lowell Interact adviser R.J. Boudro if he would select a speaker after attending a statewide conference hosted by the Lowell chapter. Boudro tapped Hayden, with his 4.23 GPA, Student Council experience and good speaking skills.

“We just don’t want someone to be overwhelmed. I thought he was the best person to handle it,” said Boudro, a counselor who helped start the 86-member club. “I have a lot of confidence in Hayden.”

Hayden will deliver a 15- to 20-minute speech on community service and meet the Rotary International president.

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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