Somers has one of the largest LEO Clubs in the country. Through the LEO Club Program, young people serve as positive agents of change within their communities. These young leaders develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.
This past year, graduating seniors and senior officers who led our LEOs for the past two years all volunteered over 30 hours each while participating in National Honor Society, sports (club and school) as well as various other clubs. They truly led by example!! The class of 2019 is our largest class within the LEOs with more than 80 members followed by last year’s freshman class. We are always welcoming new members!
This past year our Somers LEOs club received world wide recognition for their efforts with the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Here are some of the stats: we raised over $27,000 (thank you parents, for assisting), 91 LEOs participated in fund raising, 41 took the plunge, SHS finished first among public schools in the state “Cool School Challenge” and we have a pretty cool video which was viewed world wide, two LEOs raised over $2,000 each (Ryan Elliott and Nicole Iervolino) and five raised over $1,000 each (Matthew Reimann, Brandon LaSpina, Max Caron, Katrina & Karlene Kurtz). In addition, Brandon LaSpina was nationally recognized by The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service of America with their 2017 Disney Be Inspired Grant. He was also recognized as one of the Top LEOs in the US this past May with an article in the WW Lions Magazine.
To top it all off, LEO Vice President Mia Klayman, a junior, presented our Polar Plunge Project to over 800 WW Lions and 160 WW LEOs and other dignitaries, while standing at the podium in the General Assembly of the United Nations. Not only did this group put the Somers LEOs on the world map, they placed the Somers Lions on the world map! We are in total awe of what this group of high school students pulled off and can’t wait for their encore this fall! It goes to show what young adults can do when they care about a project such as Special Olympics.
LEO Club requirements are set and enforced by the LEO Board of Directors which is comprised of all LEOs, mostly juniors and seniors. This year’s requirements are the same as last years: 20 hours (minimum five per marking period), three meeting absences, and participation in our Fundraisers Polar Plunge, Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays, and one other to be named.
This year’s board of directors is led by co-presidents Isabella Rukaj and Brandon LaSpina; co-Treasurers Georgia Bambach and Alexis Ruiz; co-Secretaries Mia Klayman and Victoria Pagliaro and our vice presidents Jon Riina, Katy Zattoli, Matthew Reimann, Michael Reginella, Luke Phalen and Jared Heller; and sophomore class representatives Melissa Amante and Jared Hackmyer.
We are truly proud of our LEOs club and would like to thank all the parents who have allowed their children to be part of this wonderful organization. They deserve all the attention they are receiving. As the acronym LEO states: we strive to present our members with the Opportunities to Experience their Leadership potential. This program may not be for everyone but everyone who puts in the effort will be afforded the opportunity to flourish!
Learn more about the LEOs Club and how to participate at somerslionsclub.org/leos-program/