Global Student Leaders Summit – Innovation Village

Congratulations Alex Gourde!

Alex was one of the members from team #65 who won 1st place at this year’s Global Student Leaders Summit Innovation Village. Students had to work together in teams to find solutions to specific human rights issues.

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Alex Gourde tells us about his ideas

Alex Gourde and his team working hard at the Innovation Village Presentations

 

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #8

Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #8

Written by Katie Flathom and Ryan Thoreson

Katie

After a busy few days at an inspiring conference we traveled from The Hague to Amsterdam. The first thing we did was ride a boat in the famous canals of Amsterdam. While on the boat you could see the amazing architecture and buildings. On the canal boat ride we learned about the history of Amsterdam and the buildings surrounding. When the boat canal tour was over we walked through the busy streets of Amsterdam. It is very hectic and overwhelming walking through the city. There are pedestrian sidewalks, bike lanes, trains zooming by, and cars driving past it all at once. However, you can learn very quickly to be come more aware of your surroundings. After the walk through the city we had about two hours to explore Amsterdam to do last minute shopping and get grab lunch. Last minute shopping can make you buy a little too much for example wooden clogs, slippers that look like wooden clogs, magnets, snow globes and much more! Wandering around the city you get to experience the culture of the city which we all enjoyed learning about.

 

Ryan

The Anne Frank House was one of those experiences that you had to see for yourself, mainly because we couldn’t take photos in there; but besides that, seeing the living conditions made me realize how fortunate I truly am. I’m fortunate because of the human rights today that allow me to practice my religion freely. If these rights weren’t present today, I might have been in the same position as Anne and many others who had to hide for their lives just because they practiced a religion they were born into. Back to the house, the rooms were compact and humid and the stairs were steep. In the house were also some of the pages from Anne’s diary as well as photos of her and her family. Many entries in her diary were on the wall in both Dutch and English. Just outside of the house was a small cheese shop with a wide selection of cheeses made from goat and cow milk. The lady running the shop was generous and gave us many samples. My favorite was a cheese with walnuts that was bitter, but also sweet. After looking at and trying the cheeses, we went to dinner at Mama’s Cafe. The chicken was superb and some of the students gave speeches thanking the people who ran the trip. I’m upset that this was my last day before flying home, but I’ll never forget this wonderful trip.

 

Street in Amsterdam

Street in Amsterdam

Waiting for our Amsterdam Canal Tour

Statue of Anne Frank

Statue of Anne Frank

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam

 

 

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Innovation Village

Global Student Leaders Summit – Innovation Village

The students have been working in groups with students from other areas in the United States and from other countries from around the world. Their assignment was to come up with solutions for various human rights issues. Today they had to give their presentations. Here are a few highlights:

Katie Flathom working hard to explain her group's efforts

Katie Flathom working hard to explain her group’s efforts

Isabella Gourde takes time to say hello and explain her group's solution

Isabella Gourde takes time to say hello and explain her group’s solution

Edwin Iglesias is having a good time with his group

Edwin Iglesias is having a good time with his group

Olivia Nicoll takes a picture with her group members

Olivia Nicoll takes a picture with her group members

Alina Fox enthusiastically explains her groups solution to interested parties

Alina Fox enthusiastically explains her groups solution to interested parties

Ryan Thoreson takes us through his group's answer

Ryan Thoreson takes us through his group’s answer

Sadie Blanco stops to smile for the camera as she works with her team

Sadie Blanco stops to smile for the camera as she works with her team

Camile El-Bayar greets us with a smile and is eager to talk to us

Camile El-Bayar greets us with a smile and is eager to talk to us

Alex Gourde tells us about his ideas

Alex Gourde tells us about his ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #7

GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERS SUMMIT – Day #7

Written by Student Edwin Iglesias

Today was a tiring yet surreal day in The Hague. The day’s keynote speakers were Dr. Arun Gandhi and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of two of the most influential men in history. Gandhi and Mandela shared their experiences with human rights and gave tips on how to live life to the fullest by recognizing that all humans are inherently entitled to human rights. Ghandi spoke of anger and how it can be channeled for the greater good of human kind; Mandela spoke about fighting against HIV/AIDS and ending the discrimination and stigma associated with those carrying the virus. The audience responded well to Ghandi’s talk of anger and his powerful his message resonated with the students. Mandela came up with real comedic examples of how we should be living out life as the leaders of the next generation.

After their respective speeches, we reconvened in our groups and completed a reflection activity that brought us closer together and awakened our minds for the task ahead. We were then given the task of solving real world problems civilians face and thought of ways to solve them. The whole day wasn’t pure sweat and toil because we were given much needed breaks to relax and join one of the many joyful sessions hosted in different rooms.

Last, but not least, we had the fortune to witnessing a witty and ecstatic man by the name of Bright Omansa Richards. He is from Libya and shared with us the story of his inspiration to live his life through care and compassion. Bright was saved by a complete stranger from getting shot by a rebel. After his stunning story he let his companion play beautiful tunes on his accordion and his other companion played different types of guitars. The thing I loved best from Mr. Richards was his ability to get everyone on their feet dance and motivate.

The World Forum - Home of this year's Global Student Leaders Summit

The World Forum – Home of this year’s Global Student Leaders Summit

Interpretive Visual Notes taken at the Summit

Interpretive Visual Notes taken at the Summit

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Keynote Speaker Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela

Keynote Speaker Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela

Closing entertainment from Bright Omansa Richards

Closing entertainment from Bright Omansa Richards

Daily Group Picture

Daily Group Picture

 

 

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #6

GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERS SUMMIT – Day #6

Written by Student Alex Gourde

Friday was an exhilarating day that started with a two hour bus ride from Cologne, Germany to The Hague, Netherlands. Once in The Hague, we visited the Humanity House, a site that allows visitors to walk the path and experience the plight of an actual refugee. We experienced the confusion, anxiety and desperation that refugees experience when forced to flee their native land and go to a new one without familiarity of the language and customs.

After this, our bus drove us to the Peace Palace, an international court that looks over special laws governing countries. Interestingly, steel-making millionaire Andrew Carnegie funded the palace. The Palace was breathtaking and we were able to explore several of its rooms.

After the tour of the Peace Palace, our group was taken to Grote de Kerk, a large church in the center of The Hague, for the official start of the Global Student Leaders Summit. We were split into groups and mingled with many of the twelve hundred other students from across the world. After dinner, each group participated in a scavenger hunt across The Hague in order to get to know each other and explore the city. This was a great bonding experience for the newly formed groups, as well as a great way to explore the city. Overall, the day was great and established a positive, enthusiastic atmosphere for the remainder of the Summit!

 

The Peace Palace - The Hague

The Peace Palace – The Hague

Summit Opening Dinner

Summit Opening Dinner

 

 

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #5

GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERS SUMMIT – DAY #5

Written by Student Sadie Blanco

Day five of our trip here in Germany and the Netherlands. We got up early and started our bus trip to Bonn in ninety degree heat and high humidity. I looked out the window as we traveled and I then realized how beautiful every part of Germany is- the highways shimmered as the sun beat down, the hills rolled along in such a flowing fashion, and trees covered the majority of land we passed through. Little towns peeked through the hills, all with a chapel and town square for everyone to gather in. We arrived at rest stops to regain strength. After some traffic delays, we made it to Bonn. It was there that we visited the Women’s Museum with abstract exhibitions and inspiring relics. Curiosity pervaded the air, but the museum was an overall surreal experience that was well worth the long bus ride. Next on our agenda was Cologne, a city full of history and treasures. The first place we visited was the Cologne Cathedral, built in the early 13th century and bombed during World War II. The gorgeous cathedral managed to survive the war and it’s history was preserved with it. I wondered in amazement how people from such early centuries could build something so big and majestic, as it was a haven for all people and a witness to one of the worst times in history. Everyone walked around the inside of the cathedral lighting candles and praying to Jesus on the cross, making the experience even more beautiful than I could ever imagine. To top off the night, we had dinner at a café, shopped around the town square, and were able to take a stroll down the Rhine river. We may have traveled most of the day, but it was a day well spent because we were able to process the beauty and fascination that has been encountered on this trip. There is so much appreciation and wonderment that can never be forgotten.

German Countryside

German Countryside

The Women's Museum in Bonn, Germany

The Women’s Museum in Bonn, Germany

Abstract Art Display at the Women's Museum

Abstract Art Display at the Women’s Museum

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Students are involved in a demonstration to determine the best way to build a cathedral

Students are involved in a demonstration to determine the best way to build a cathedral

Our Student Group in front of Cologne Cathedral

Our Student Group in front of Cologne Cathedral

View of Rhine River from outside of our hostel

View of Rhine River from outside of our hostel

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Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #4

Global Student Leaders Summit – Day #4

Written by Camile El-Bayar & Alina Fox

Today we ate breakfast in the hostel (castle). It was amazing how fresh the fruit and bread was! From there we went to the Nuremberg Documentation Center and  focused on the events that led up to WW2 and the progression of the Nazi regime. It was fascinating to see the difference between how WW2 museums in America project the war compared to the WW2 museums in Germany. In order to add a more hands on experience to what we just learned at the Nuremberg Documentation Center,  we went to the former Nazi Rally Grounds where Hitler would rally his officers with speech. Once back to the main square in Nuremberg we had a small walking tour of the city. This really gave us a perspective on the local life in Nuremberg. From there we were able to get lunch and have time to explore the town square. Between the elegant church and the five story high convenience store containing everything you need and more, our impression of Nuremberg was that of pure fascination. Not only did Nuremberg fulfill our craving for delicious gelato, it also showed us how Christmas really should be done with their Christmas wonderland store. For dinner, we paired up with a school from South Dakota called Porcupine. These students attend school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We ate at a wonderful Greek restaurant, Delphi, which had a wide variety of foods, from soups to pastas and calamari. We had a traditional Greek dinner and an opportunity for cultural exchange. It was the most delicious way to end our last day in Nuremberg.

You can also follow our travels on Social Media:

Facebook – MaterDei ASB

Instagram – MDASB

Twitter – @mdhsASB

 

Hallway in Nuremberg Documentation Center

Hallway in Nuremberg Documentation Center

Nuremberg Documentation Center and former Nazi Rally Grounds

Nuremberg Documentation Center and former Nazi Rally Grounds

Students playing UNO

Students playing UNO

Group Picture in Nuremberg Documentation Center

Group Picture in Nuremberg Documentation Center

Nuremberg Documentation Center - Names of those sent to concentration camps

Nuremberg Documentation Center  – Names of those sent to concentration camps

 

Nuremberg Trials Exhibit

Nuremberg Trials Exhibit

Architecture on churches in Nuremberg square

Architecture is amazing on churches in Nuremberg square

 

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