Foreign Exchange Students

We are very pleased to be able to participate in Rotary's Youth Exchange program. Under the guidance of Jeff Masters we host at least one student every year and in most years are able to send a student overseas. Students are selected by a committee based on their abilities and accomplishments. The program is for the entire school year.

As hosts for incoming students, we are always looking for families that are willing to take the student in for a minimum of 3 months. Students attend classes at Rush-Henrietta and participate in normal school activities. In addition, there are a number of Rotary activities planned for them and, of course, they attend our club meetings whenever feasible.

Some of the students who have participated in this program include:


Our current Exchange Student is Aurelie Nicke and she is from Valbonne, France. She is participating on the Rush Henrietta Swim Team.


Our current Inbound student is Hilda Johansson and she is from Taby, Sweden which is near Stockholm. She played on the Rush Henrietta Girl's Tennis team this fall and she enjoys singing and is a member of the Rush Henrietta High School Chorus.

Our Outbound student is Alexandria Frantz-Bush and she is in Lund, Sweden which is near Copenhagen.


Our exchange student for this year is Nichika Yasumura from Toyama, Japan. She likes music and figure skating. The picture shows her at the mouth of Irondequoit Bay.


Our Inbound Youth Exchange Student for this year was Axel Lunell from Djursholm, Sweden. He likes to play soccer and golf. Our Outbound was Matt Felix who went to Japan.


Our exchange student for this year was Cecilie Christiansen from Solrød, Denmark. She enjoys music, writing and fashion.


Lorenzo Lagana was here from Rome, Italy. He likes water polo and participated on the varsity swim team.


Nana Saito visited us from Komatsu, Japan, where she lives with her mother, father, and little sister. She likes making friends, traveling, and has a soft spot for dogs and cats.


Olalla Herrero Montañés visited us from the village of San Augustin de Guadalix near Madrid, Spain. She likes sports (gymnastics) and traveling. She has a twin sister and a younger brother at home in Spain.


Francesca Roselli visited us from Brescia, Italy. She likes music and playing the violin.


Dani Gaytán visited us from Tepic, Mexico. While in the USA she wants to enjoy winter sports that are not available in Mexico like ice skating and snow skiing. Her brother Roberto was an exchange student to Australia last year.


Henrik Backstrom visited us from Karlskrona, Sweden. He enjoys sports and is on the track and field team for Rush Henrietta High School.


Jorge Pujol Del Rio visited us from Marbella, Spain. He likes Snow Boarding, chess, soccer and playing the guitar.


Aurore De Rochambeau visited us from France and Julia Karpinski travelled to France. Read Julia's blog.


Lucas Junqueira visited us from Brazil.


Sarah Fimmel visited us from Germany.


Angela Pinzon visited us from Colombia.


Betta Pisu visited us from Italy and Tessa Potze visited from the Netherlands.


Interact is a Rotary sponsored service organization for young men and women of secondary school age. The purpose of Interact is to provide an opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding.

The Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club organized and sponsors the Rush-Henrietta Interact Club at the Senior High School. They recruit members, elect leaders, determine which projects they would like to work on, raise funds, and provide a valuable service to the community. They function under the guidance of an advisor and on many occasions work jointly with the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club on their projects.


The Rush-Henrietta Rotary supports numerous literacy programs in our area.

For many years we have distributed 7,776 dictionaries to the third graders in the Rush-Henrietta School District and School 33 in the city. Yearly, and with the generous support of Sam's Club of Henrietta, we give over 500 dictionaries to the 3rd graders.

A team of Rotarians tutored the students at Fyle Elementary School for many years. We also donated funds to benefit the school.

For years we have supported the Principal's Book of the Month Club at the Audubon School (33) in the city district. The students and teachers all participate in this reading and enrichment program.

We provide funding to Literacy Volunteers of Rochester to assist the tutors and adult learners in our area.

Our club joins in the collection of used books which are distributed to libraries and children's programs in the greater Rochester area.

A few years ago, in a joint effort with the Rush Library we built an outdoor children's reading center at the Rush Library.

We also give to the students at Industry. We help the youth at Industry with holiday gifts and support their efforts during the year.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Each year, Rush-Henrietta Rotary awards two students the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, one in the Undergraduate Program and one in the Graduate Program. To be eligible, students need to be between 16 and 24 years of age, have exhibited leadership qualities either through school, 4-H, scouts, church, community, or similar roles, communicate effectively and work well with others; and want to participate in a program that is focused on leadership skills that will help them succeed in college or in the workplace.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program is designed to be a preparatory program for campus or work life and is usually awarded to a high school senior or junior. This program includes large and small leadership activities, as well as hands-on participatory events. This program is 5 days long and takes place at R.I.T.

Graduate Program

The graduate program is designed for college students and is focused on topics such as conflict management, delegation, goal setting, interpersonal relations and leadership responsibilities. This session is one week long and takes place at Alfred University.


Applications are available in February. The awards are announced in March. Contact any Rotarian or mail an inquiry to the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club.


Each year, the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club gives out several scholarships. To be eligible, the individual must be a student, a resident of Rush-Henrietta, and a graduating senior. A Committee reviews applications in May and awards are made in June of each year. Here is a summary of the current programs.

Rush-Henrietta Rotary Presidents' Scholarship

This $2,000 award recognizes students who have demonstrated “Service Above Self” and have made a commitment to further their education by attending a two or four year college. The award honors the past Presidents of the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club.

Starkweather Scholarship

This $2,000 award recognizes students who have demonstrated “Service Above Self” and have made a commitment to pursue a career in education. The award honors the memory of Mr. James Starkweather, a founding member of the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club. Mr. Starkweather was a respected educator in the district, serving as a teacher, administrator of arts programs, and elementary school principal.

Interact Scholarship

This $2,000 award recognizes members of the Rush-Henrietta Interact club who have demonstrated “Service Above Self” and have made a commitment to further their education by attending a two- or four-year college. The award is jointly sponsored by Rotary District 7120 and the Rush-Henrietta Rotary Club.