Hometown: Ocoee, Florida
School: Ocoee High School
Sponsor District : District 6980
Sponsor Club: Winter Garden, Florida
Host District: 4340
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Talca
¡Hola! My name is Hailey and I am 16 years old. I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but Central Florida has been my home since the age of two. However, I spend my summers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina where my grandparents have a house, and consider this to be my home away from home. It is in N.C., where I gained an appreciation for the outdoors, such as: hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, etc. I live with my parents, younger brother who is 15, and two pets—a dog and a cat. I am currently a junior at Ocoee High School and have been a varsity swimmer for the past three years. I also swim at Southwest Aquatics, a traveling swim club, which keeps me conditioned year-round. I’ve always had a love for traveling and experiencing new places, cultures and people. I’m beyond excited to have been given this opportunity to spend my senior year in Chile! I can’t thank the Rotary organization enough for giving me this life-changing experience. I’m looking forward to making new friends and memories that I will cherish forever. I am eager to experience the world from a different perspective and I know that this exchange will empower me to be the best version of myself. I anxiously await the day I arrive in Chile, but in the meantime, I look forward to learning about my host country, my host families, and becoming more proficient in the Spanish language.