SV student joins Rotary program
She will study abroad for year
November 28, 2012

CRANBERRY TWP — Local student Lauren Agnello is one of six teens accepted into the Rotary Youth Exchange program as an outbound student for next year.

The Seneca Valley freshman will travel abroad her sophomore year and live in another country for a full year. She was accepted into the program, which is offered through Rotary International.

The youth exchange program is just one aspect of the educational program the Rotary provides. Rotary is highly involved in promoting educational opportunities, especially for the youth of our community.

To get accepted, Agnello had to first apply to her local chapter of the Rotary — Sunrise Rotary of Cranberry Township — and compete against other students through two levels of intensive interviews, including one at the district level.

“Applicants need to be active in their communities and leaders in their classes. Lauren certainly is. She is involved in many activities, is a musician, is bilingual, and is a delightful individual,” said Dr. R. Patrick Francis, president of the Cranberry Sunrise Rotary.

Agnello’s sister, Rachel, also was accepted into the Youth Exchange Program two years ago. She spent a year living with Rotarian families in the Netherlands. While in the program, students are expected to speak the native language, attend Rotary meetings, go to school and continue their commitment to community values.

“It is incredible the Cranberry Sunrise Rotary has sponsored two students, sisters none the less, overseas through the youth exchange program,” said Francis. “Just another example of the fantastic opportunities that Rotary offers to anyone that wants to apply.”

For more information, contact Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, at 724-234-4619, or Francis, at 724-933-3440 or