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The Geneva Rotary Club recently honored members of the Geneva High School Interact Club and the Rotaract Club at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The students received awards for their leadership and community service at the club’s recent Service Above Self Gala at Club 86.

Interact is the high school version of Rotary while Rotaract is the college version.

The Interact members receiving awards were seniors Jack Harris and Sydney Mittiga.

Harris joined Interact in the eighth grade and has taken part in Day of Service, Operation Merry Christmas, the Geneva Rotary Santa Train, the Geneva Public Library Book Sale, the Festival of Nations and many other Rotary inspired community activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Harris plans to study entrepreneurial ideas at Hobart College in the fall.

Mittiga is the president of the Interact Club. She is a member of Green Club, Leadership League of Women, Varsity Singers/Chamber Choir, Ski Club, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Model UN and Drama Club. She volunteers for Relay for Life, Youth Group at Our Lady of Peace Parish and the Beverly Animal Shelter and played varsity soccer and lacrosse. She plans to attend Cornell University and study environmental sustainability sciences.

The Rotaract award recipient was Allie Seminer, a William Smith student from Schenectady who is a biology major and will be a senior next fall. She was involved in the Interact Club at her high school and served as president of Rotaract this school year.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact for more information or visit us on our website at Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Country Club.

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