After presenting to an audienc of 300 hundred students, comprised of several high schools, club members then took me to their school (Colegio 9 de Octubre), where I was pleasantly surprised by a greeting of 2,000 applauding students...Wow!
To top off the day, I was then welcomed by the Vice-Governor of the Oro Province, and gifted many lovely items; including a colorful, handmade hat made out of banana fibers. I was then shown the beautiful new room that the governor's office is letting the science club students use so that they can have a meeting place, and it will soon be stocked with computers as well...Bravo!
After getting to know these students in the course of this school year, I am very impressed by their motivation, engagement and leadership skills; especially with respect to their inspiring club president, Rony Torres. These kids are movers and shakers, and I look forward to watching them lead the way for Ecuador's youth!