Twenty-seven students from the three Joliet high schools participated in this year's 17th Rotary Youth Leadership Seminar spearheaded by Mary Jaworski.

At the March 12 meeting, several students shared their experience during the leadership school including Joliet West senior Myra Perez-Hernandez said she appreciated the conference and the opportunity to meet with the local leaders. “I was very impressed with the information all of the speakers shared with us,” she said. “This was such a great opportunity for me as a senior to learn from leaders in our community.”

Speakers at this year’s conference were Brother James Gaffney, Lewis University; Tom Thanas, City of Joliet;  J.D. Ross, Will-Grundy Medical Clinic; Mike Hennessey, United Way Agency of Will County;  Will County Judge Dinah Achambeault; Ken Mihelich, City of Joliet; Debbie Condotti, Easter Seals; Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton; Scott Slocum, WJOL-AM Radio; Lisa Lagger, Presence St. Joseph Medical Center; A.J. Wilhelmi, Illinois Hospital Association; John Quinn, AT&T; Jim Roolf, First Midwest Bank; Dr. Charles Coleman, Joliet District 86; and retired Will County Judge Steve White. Each speaker was chosen for his or her expertise in his or her respective position.