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Outreach Coordinators

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Outreach Coordinators || Benjamin Huang & Pooja Nair

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Benjamin Huang 

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Hey there! My name is Ben (yes, short for Benjamin) Huang and I am a senior this year at Branham High School, a small public school in South San Jose, which is in Area 7! I’m incredibly glad I get to serve alongside my wonderful Co, Pooja, this year as Outreach Coordinators for Interact District 5170, the largest Interact District in the world!

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During my freshman year, there wasn’t an Interact Club at my school. In fact, I didn’t even know what Interact was. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I was introduced to this fantastic organization, and even then, I wasn’t very active. On top of that, my home school began with a slow start that haunted our later endeavors.  During my junior year, however, I was fortunate enough to be given many opportunities to experience Interact for what it really is. I had this whole realm of passion right in front of me, and I failed to notice it for so long, but once I did, I took advantage of my opportunities to discover Interact beyond my own school club and fell in love with it. It was like finding a crisp $20 bill in the pocket of your jeans that you didn’t know you had.

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I usually waste all my free time, but some of those time-wasting activites include playing badminton or soccer, listening to music, playing games, and hanging out with friends. Watching movies, however, is definitely more important than friends. All jokes aside, movies have been a huge part of my high school life, to the extent that within the past year I’ve watched 75 movies (Yes, I counted and yes, that is on average more than 1 per week). My favorite movies include Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Good Will Hunting.

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One of my major goals this year is to reach out and provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to love Interact; that is, to see it on more than just a school club level, but rather a district level. I don’t want to hear “I regret not spending more time in Interact earlier in high school” or “We had Interact at my school but they didn’t really do much.” My advice is to step out of your comfort zone and meet a new friend! Interactors are fantastic people, and their inclusiveness is practically unparalleled.

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It’s somewhat bittersweet to know that this will be my last year with Interact, but I guarantee that it will be the best one yet. I can’t wait to enjoy my last, amazing year of Interact with YOU, District 5170.

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“How Can Mirrors Be Real, If Our Eyes Aren’t Real.” – Jaden Smith

no, but seriously:

“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” -Robin Williams as Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting

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Pooja Nair

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Hey There! My Name is Pooja Nair and I am a junior at Mission San Jose High School. I am so excited to be your co-outreach coordinator along with Ben Huang.

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I first stumbled upon Interact in the form of Jr.Interact in 7th grade, when my mother forced me to join because she thought it was the school’s s speech and debate club. It didn’t take me long to  realize that Interact was something special. I quickly fell in love with service. At that point of time in my life, I wasn’t confident or happy. I had no clue what I was passionate about. Interact and Service were able to fill the void that I felt in my life. Between my first FLC  and the amazing mentors I met through my time in Jr.Interact, Interact had begun to do for me what it had done for so many others … It began changing my life.

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This year, I look forward to get to know as many Interactors as possible. Each and every one of them has taught me so much and I know there are so many more amazing Interactors that I still have yet to meet. Each and every year, Interact District 5170 continues to awe me with their level of passion and dedication to service. I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish this year. Let’s do this District 5170!

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” – Gandalf (JRR Tolkein)

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