Local Students Attend Rotary World Affairs Seminar In Wisconsin
Andreanna Andrews, a junior at United Christian Academy, Emily Klar, a junior at Lake Region Union High School and Kathleen Weary in grade ten at Alexander Galt Regional High School will be attending the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) at Carroll University, Wisconsin, in June. The students received a scholarship from the Boundary Rotary Club enabling them to attend this informative and stimulating seminar.
The World Affairs Seminar is a Rotary District initiative that started 38 years ago in Wisconsin. Their vision is to bring about better understanding of world problems among a select group of young people between the ages of 16 to 18 from around the globe. Their goal is to build global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative academic program.
The week-long experience provides an opportunity for international students from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues in a non-threatening environment. They experience new and different ideas and viewpoints brought forward both by their colleagues and by world renowned experts.
Each year the World Affairs Seminar will have a specific theme for the students to focus on. This year’s theme is “Global Energy”.
The university setting provides a college-like experience. Throughout the week students have time for recreational activities which bring greater awareness and understanding of the world around them. Critical thinking, negotiation skills and the process of learning about new friends from around the world are all part of this incredible experience.
The motto of the World Affairs Seminar is “Peace Through Understanding”.
Kathleen Weary, recorded her thoughts about the experience, “This June I have the exciting opportunity to attend the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
“The World Affairs Seminar was started by Rotarian Dr. Dale Brock as a way to bring better understanding of world problems to young people from around the globe.
“The Seminar provides opportunities for participants to discuss issues with other youth as well as international experts. Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict with the idea that if the causes are understood, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.
“The theme this year is “Global Energy: who’s got the power?” This subject particularly piqued my curiosity, as I believe environmental issues are the biggest challenge of our generation and thus action is needed immediately.
“I can’t wait to meet diverse and driven teenagers from all corners of the world. I look forward to gaining new knowledge which I can apply to my projects and share with others.”
Rotarian Dick Fletcher with Andreanna Andrews and Mr. David Strepka Head of School, the United Christian Academy.
Rotarian Dick Fletcher with Emily Klar, and Andre Messier, Principal at Lake Region Union High School.