The Rotary Club of Easton began celebrating the end of the Rotary year with the annual BJ Metz Young Person of the Year Award. Chair Honor Garrett presented this year’s plaque to Easton High School Senior Kayla Moitui. We last saw Kayla in February when she received one of our Club’s Student of the Month Awards. In the interim, she was selected as a Stamps Scholar which will give her free tuition, room and board for four years at the University of Pittsburgh. The award includes a $17,000 stipend for the independent academic pursuit of her choice. Only five students were selected out of 900 applicants.
Kayla has an impressive service record which includes traveling to Kenya with her family to help rebuild a private school. The family is now working to supply clean water to a village in Kenya. She organized two food drives during the pandemic which received nearly 700 donations. She tutors school peers in math and other STEM courses, and also tutors blind and visually impaired students. Kayla was the Captain of the School’s Reading Olympics team that placed third in a tournament competing with over 20 teams.
She is the President and Director of Growth and Development of the newly formed Aevidum Club. This Club is a student-led suicide prevention and mental health awareness organization that helps ensure the safety and well-being of community members. The Aevidum Club motto is “I’ve got your back”. She is active in the UNICEF Club which raises awareness and helps support the rights of students and children. She is a frequent volunteer at her Church. She also finds time to volunteer at Country Meadows in Forks Township where she helps serve what she affectionately calls “hundreds of grandparents”. Along with the plaque, Kayla received a check for $1,000. Kayla’s goal is to be a pediatrician focusing on serving low-income and underprivileged youth.