The 2018-19 Junior Rotarian Program culminated Tuesday, April 16, with the Junior Rotarians planning and conducting the noon Rotary meeting.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The program provides an opportunity for student leaders to meet and interact with community leaders with the focus on the Rotary mission and values.

The Cloquet Rotary Club works with school officials from Cloquet, Esko and Carlton high schools to select seniors who are interested in participating in the program. The application criteria include a written essay based on the Rotary "Four-Way Test," along with each school's Rotary adviser's input on the qualities of outstanding leadership, academic excellence, community service and good citizenship.

Sixteen students were selected to participate. The Junior Rotarians participate in the life of the Cloquet Rotary Club. Beginning in October, the students attend an orientation meeting and four additional club meetings through April. At their fourth Rotary meeting, each Junior Rotarian gives a brief presentation to the club on a topic of their choice.

In keeping with the Rotary tradition of "Service Above Self," the Junior Rotarians are expected to participate in Rotary service projects such as the Rose Sale, Peach Sale, March for Veterans and Color Run.

Junior Rotarians may apply for Rotary scholarships. One $1,500 scholarship, the Henry E.Walter Scholar, as well as five $1,000 scholarships are awarded. The scholarship program is named for Henry Walter, whose donation in 1998 established an endowment fund to support the program.

The Cloquet Junior Rotarian Program started more than 50 years ago.