My name is Jeremy Xue and I am excited to be serving as one of your Co-Outreach Coordinators with my lovely Co, Marco Siu! I am currently a senior at Cupertino High School in Area 12, reppin’ the Outrageous Otters. Outside of Interact, I’m involved with FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), ASB Leadership, and Tino’s student newspaper, The Prospector.
In my sophomore year, I changed my profile picture to a Fall Leadership Conference promotional flyer because it had the face one of my friends poorly photoshopped onto the body of a muscular hunk with the words “i’ll be waiting 4 u at flc ;)” written across it in white comic sans.
Little did I know that profiling that picture would prompt an Interact officer to message me at 3 am, informing me what FLC was, and why I should go—to find out about the new community and international project, to learn from the workshops, and to take advantage of the networking opportunities. At FLC, witnessing the passion, spirit, and love that the interactors of Interact District 5170 possess, I realized that this was something that I wanted to be a part of. This was the start of my Interact journey.
As a senior going into my final year in Interact, I hope to reach out and allow others to find their own passion for Interact; to witness what Interact is capable of, not simply as _______ High School Interact, but as Interact District 5170.
“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”
― Marlene Dietrich
My name is Marco Siu (Landon is my middle name), and I am currently a junior attending KIPP King Collegiate High School, a small charter school located in San Lorenzo, home of the Area 2’s Samurai Salamanders! I am very humbled to be serving as your 2015-2016 Outreach Coordinator with my Divergent Co and brother, Jeremy Xue. District 5170 is the home of many passionate Interactors dedicated to serving their local community and internationally. Because of you, we have built a library for kids to pursue a life of a scholar. Because of you, we have sent solar panels for families to switch over to a more cost effective way to cook. Because of you, we have adopted villages in Kenya and provided them with the necessities to live a fulfilled life. It is because of you, Interact District 5170, that we are the most prolific and active District in the world. Thank you.
Aside from the formality, this will be my third year as an active Interactor excited to see the change we will bring to this world! I was exposed to Interact by a stranger claiming there were fun events, big rallies, and family. At that point in my life, I felt alone, in the dark, and afraid. I lived as if every passing day was a game of endurance. That is, until I joined Interact. I was welcomed by strangers with open hearts and, figuratively and literally speaking, open arms. The different strangers bounded by the love for service connects Interactors across our District. Now, it is my turn to celebrate diversity and share the love that I received. The amount of support, embrace, and endearment that Interact emanates is truly a gift to this world.
When I am not serving my community or being a catalyst of change, I find myself anywhere and everywhere. My idea is that the best plan is to not have a plan at all. Spontaneous adventures take you to places that were never deemed possible. It is because of late night car rides, early morning hikes, and afternoon walks that I find myself. Like they say, you must lose yourself before you find yourself.
The most important lesson that I’ve learned through Interact is to realize that you are a gift to this world. We should stop wondering how big of a gift we are to this world, but WHY we are. Why are you a gift to this world?
“It’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine” — Alan Turing