SOMERS, N.Y. - The Northeast Westchester Rotary Club (NEW Rotary) will host the 10th annual launch of its prize-winning book, "On My Mind," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Kennedy Catholic High School.

The 2016 edition is a compilation of the writings of approximately 160 students representing nine high schools from areas such as: Somers (Somers High School and Kennedy), Stamford, Manhattan, the Catskills, the Bronx, Mt. Vernon and North Salem. The event is the culmination of a NEW Rotary Club literacy project and will bring together many of the student authors being recognized, their families and teachers, community members and leaders, thus allowing for a sharing of their school lives, stories and thoughts. 

Students will be able to meet and hear from inspiring keynoter, 27-year-old Alex Portrera, who gave up a successful management consultant position in 2014 with a prestigious firm, Deloitte, in order to satisfy the dream of getting to know more about other world cultures and how those people functioned. That led to success as a world traveler, blogger and TV producer.

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He's accomplished the Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile drive from London to Mongolia, and a 15,000-mile trek from his native New York metropolitan area to the tip of Argentina, among his many experiences.

There is no cost, but please email Stevuke12@gmail.com if attending, because refreshments will be served.