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Southwind High School Invited to Attend the Global Youth Institute 4th Year in a Row

Posted: Thu, October 02, 2014 | By: Misc./BBI

Southwind High School - Only High School in Tennessee Invited to Attend the Global Youth Institute 4th Year in a Row

by Biba Kavass (August 31, 2014)

For the 4th year in a row, Southwind High School is the only high school in the state of TN to be invited to attend the prestigious Global Youth Institute/World Food Prize Symposium to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, October 15 - 18, 2014. Along with Ms. Kavass, Economics Teacher at SHS, Maliq Brewster, Class of 2015, and Patrick Woods, Class of 2016, will be representing Southwind High School and the state of Tennessee. The Global Youth Institute is held annually in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium. This year the symposium will focus on “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2050?” and will be attended by more than 1,000 world leaders, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and CEO’s of multinational corporations from 75 different countries. Highlighted speakers include:

Patrick Woods
Patrick Woods

* His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, President, Republic of Sierra Leone
* His Excellency Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
* The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States
* His Excellency Enrique Martinez y Martinez, Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico
* Her Excellency Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture, Liberia Approximately 160 high school students from around the world will have the opportunity to interact with international experts in science, industry, and policy, connect with student leaders from around the world, tour innovative research and industrial facilities, and attend the World Food Prize Laureate Prize Ceremony. Both young men from Southwind High School spent a large part of their summer researching and writing a college-level paper on human rights—addressing gender, cultural and economic discrimination and improving access to credit and securing property rights for the poor and marginalized. Maliq Brewster focused his research on “Senegal: Overcoming Economic and Legal Injustices through the Empowerment of Women, Cultural Awareness, and Financial Inclusion.” Patrick Woods focused his research on “Sri Lanka: Unlocking Gender and Cultural Equality and Promoting Economic Empowerment in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Presentations will be made to a panel of honorary judges and their research will be published online.

Maliq Brewster
Maliq Brewster

At the conclusion of the Global Youth Institute, Maliq and Patrick will be eligible to apply for the 2015 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expense paid, eight-week grant to work with renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, India, the Philippines or Latin America in the summer of 2015. A highly competitive internship, approximately only 25 students are awarded this opportunity each year out of all who attend the Global Youth Institute in October. Southwind High School has been honored in the past three years to have had two students selected for the Borlaug-Ruan Internship. Lauren Brewer, currently entering her junior year in International Studies at UT-Knoxville, spent her summer prior to college working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, and Marcus Johnson, entering his freshman year at UT-Knoxville to study Political Science, just returned from his 8-week internship with the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Haryana, India. Both Lauren and Marcus stated that participation in the Global Youth Institute and the Borlaug-Ruan Internships “was life-changing for them.” Southwind High School endeavors to keep providing our students with unique global opportunities!


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