By Maia Newvine

For the Sentinel

During the past school year, the Holy Rosary Homeschool Group met to learn, teach and exchange ideas. The sessions were a Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program under the guidance of Emma Steen, Toastmasters area governor.

The Toastmasters program aims to develop communication and leadership skills in youth so that they may meet the challenges of adulthood and leadership.

'It is crucial for Catholic youth who possess the truth to master these skills,' Steen said. 'Otherwise, we are enabling others to formulate conditions which affect us all.'

The gatherings gave students opportunities to present prepared speeches, speak extemporaneously or recite a memorized selection. Students evaluated each other's speeches. They also participated in discussions and chairmanship exercises dealing with topics prominent in today's world.

Participants were Madeleine Brink, Vanessa Brink, Angela Carpenter, Patrick Carpenter, Yume Delegato, Cecilia Freiling, Thomas Freiling, Dennis Hall, Heather Kilian, Savanna Kilian, Sara Levine, Philip Little, Steven Little, Maia Newvine, Danielle Parmantier, Ashley Petrino, Gerald Read, Peter Wolf and Elizabeth Young.