Wisbech student Maddie visits the White House, Congress and the UN thanks to once in a lifetime trip
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A Wisbech Grammar School student went on the trip of a lifetime to America after she was picked to take part in a global event.
Maddie Booth was nominated by teacher Mr Stump to attend The Global Young Leaders Conference – ‘a leadership programme for motivated and accomplished students from across the United States and more than 145 countries around the world’.
Among the trip’s highlights, Maddie visited the UN and US Department of State in New York City and Washington DC, Congress USA, the White house, as well as a number of embassies, and universities.
She also attended global issues workshops and presented a speech at the global simulation submit at the United Nations Headquarters.
Maddie received sponsorship from Wisbech Grammar School, Wisbech Lions Club, Wisbech Rotary Club and the Elizabeth Wright Trust.
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“Words are not enough to describe the impact GLYC has had on my life,” she said.
“It was simply a life-changing experience of which I will always be thankful for every day.
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“During the programme I realised that although participants were from diverse backgrounds, they all shared similar apprehensions that slowly dissipated through interactions and the realisation that all possessed that same basic traits of humanity.
To be accepted Maddie had to write an essay about why she believes she has the qualities to be a leader. After being accepted she applied for a $1,000 scholarship to help cover the costs of tuition.
Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for the Global Young Leaders Conference, said: ““It is imperative that today’s students know how to compete and cooperate on a global scale.
“When diverse ideas and points of view are shared, the true results of the conference are realised.”
Founded in 1985, the conference offers young people the chance to explore cultural differences, gain first-hand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, build confidence and enhance decision-making skills.
The 10-day leadership course is designed to provide ‘an out-of-classroom learning experience and curriculum that equips students with the confidence, independence, skills and global competitiveness required of the next generation of future leaders’.