Hana Page, a Clover Park High School junior, spent a week of her summer attending the 32nd annual World Affairs Seminar (WAS) in Wisconsin. Page, 16, was able to attend the seminar, which focused on World Hunger: The Ethical Dilemma of Our Time, thanks to support from the Lakewood Rotary. While at the seminar, Page collaborated with students from around the world regarding hunger.
“I gained so much knowledge and experience from this opportunity,” said Page. “One of my favorite parts of the trip was working with teens from all over the world. The WAS was definitely an international program—there were teens from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Denmark and from all over the United States. I enjoyed working with people who had different opinions, experiences and knowledge, but who were motivated to resolve world hunger.”
The Lakewood Rotary sponsored Page’s trip including travel, lodging and conference costs. “I am truly grateful for this opportunity and feel that it is now my duty to share what I have learned with my fellow citizens and unify others to improve conditions and stop hunger for the countless number of people in our world,” said Page. “I appreciate the Lakewood Rotary Club’s support. Specifically, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Price for helping me to have a smooth trip and always encouraging me, even after the seminar ended.”
The Lakewood Rotary is now accepting applications from Lakewood high school students interested in attending the 2010 seminar. For more information, contact Bill Price at 253-380-3099.
“Before WAS, I was less aware of the obstacles hindering the end of World hunger,” Page explained. “For instance, I used to think that World hunger could be solved by the wealthy donating and assisting the poor. However, WAS taught me that world hunger is not a small issue that can be resolved by just donating food or providing humanitarian aid. World hunger involves many other issues including the economic crisis, political turbulence, global warming, social corruption, the dilemma between industrial agriculture and domestic and organic agriculture and world health. The end of WAS was not the end of my interest in world hunger. I strongly encourage other students to apply for sponsorship from the Rotary, because it’s important that teens understand world issues and be motivated to resolve them.”