A Syosset High School senior was the youngest panelist and only high school student to speak at the United Nations’ Rotary Day last month.
Adam Canarick’s presentation addressed the need for pediatric cardiac care for hundreds of thousands of babies born annually with congenital heart disorders. He also recounted the fundraising efforts of his school’s 300-member Interact Club to benefit the nonprofit Gift of Life International.
Canarick, 17, gave the seven-minute speech to more than 700 young adults attending the annual event, which highlights positive things people can do in their communities while still addressing world challenges.
“I was really nervous, but it ended up being amazing,” said Canarick, co-president of the Interact Club. “The more people hear what we do and our mission, the more they want to join.”
The club, in its largest effort, raised about $65,000 two years ago through a “7 in 7” campaign, which funded seven heart surgeries in seven days on seven continents as well as a medical mission to Romania. Fundraisers included a bowl-a-thon, a pancake dinner and a cupcake war.
Canarick is a member of the National Honor Society, Art Honor Society and World Language Honor Society and co-captain of the varsity tennis team. He volunteers with the Special Olympics, teaching tennis at Bethpage State Park to athletes with disabilities.