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Harvard trip for three

Ropate Valemei
Friday, July 19, 2013

THREE students of International School Suva will take part in one of the biggest events of their lives — a leadership conference at the renowned Harvard University in Boston, US.

Stephanie Kingsman, Ernest Gibson and Annika Amin were selected by the school to represent Fiji at the university next week.

"We'll get there this weekend, settle in and get ready for a long week and a bit of learning and exchanging of views with hundreds of other students from around the world," said 16-year-old Ernest Gibson, who will leave the country for Boston on Saturday.

Classmate Annika Amin, 16, who is in Canada with her family and will join Ernest and Stephanie in Boston, told The Fiji Times she could not wait for the life-changing experience the trip would offer.

"When we first found out, we were excited and my family is so supportive of the trip, which is great because their support is exactly what I need right now," she said.

"The main reason for the leadership conference is to get as many young people together as possible to discuss important issues that require our attention.

"And then bring back the knowledge we gain to try and help our local communities here in Fiji," Ernest said.

The conference begins on Monday and the students return home the following week.

Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher education in the US. It was established in 1636.

Harvard University is named after the college's first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution.

A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the university's best known landmark.


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