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Premier thanks UN delegation students

A group of students from Bermuda who took part in a United Nations conference have been cogratulated by Premier Craig Cannonier.

In March, the group of senior school students representing seven schools travelled to New York for the United Nations ‘Modern Youthquake’ Conference.

The students had been hand-picked by their principals to represent their schools.

The annual delegation trip to the United Nations has been coordinated by Global Arts (Youth Initiatives) Foundation for the past ten years. The conference was held in the General Assembly Hall at the UN in New York.

Students had the experience of sitting at the desks of the diplomats of countries around the world. Hundreds of students from around the world participated, giving Bermudian students a chance to mingle with young people from varying backgrounds and cultures.

The conference opened with a speech from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and continued with presentations from several different speakers, each with their own story and advice for the students.

A debate also took place, along with a poetry competition and a short film competition, providing students the chance to express themselves creatively. The main topics covered in the conference were the environment and sustainability, social issues, humanitarian work, and modern culture. The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.

On Monday the UN Bermuda delegation had the honour of receiving Certificates of Appreciation from Premier Craig Cannonier. The Premier congratulated the students on their achievement. He spoke about the importance of keeping a support system of trusted people and wished the students well in their future endeavours.

The students who made up the delegation were: Hamish Mcniven, Marus Bean, Jessica Michelcic, Latonia Fray, Brandon Sousa, Gabriella Arnold, Taylor Souza, Alicia Kirby, Kjeld-Mizpah Conyers-Steede, Joshanae Smith, Mikaela Lathan, Lindsay Fisher, Ryan Robinson, Amber Reid and Ari Minors.

The president of Global Arts (Youth Initiatives) Foundation is Sarah Fellows.

Well done: Some of the students who were part of the UN Bermuda Youth Delegation hold their Certificates of Appreciation awarded to them by Premier Craig Cannonier, centre. Pictured are students Hamish McNiven, Amber Reid, JaShonae Smith, Ryan Robinson, Ari Minors, Brandon Sousa, Kjeld-Mizpah Conyers-Steede, and Mikaela Kawaley-Lathan. Also pictured, far left, is Sarah Fellows, president of Global Arts (Youth Initiatives) Foundation.

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Published May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm)

Premier thanks UN delegation students

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