Lo­cal Stu­dents At­tend Ro­tary World Af­fairs Sem­i­nar In Wis­con­sin

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Jan Draper North Hat­ley

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.

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