Five Senior School Students Attend World Affairs Institute

On Friday, Nov. 30, Shady Side Academy seniors Walter Navid, Leo Liu and Matteo Secomandi and juniors Albert Hoe and Giridhar Viswanathan joined Senior School History Department Chair Kyle Smith in attending the 48th Annual World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

The institute, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Rotary International, engages high school student leaders in a discussion of key issues in international affairs so that they can understand and think critically about their world. More than 250 students from 90 schools were selected to attend this annual event.

The topic for this year's institute was "Exploring the New Space Age." The students heard from a variety of speakers in the morning on topics that ranged from the current state of space exploration to artificial intelligence and space colonization. The afternoon session was an interactive simulation where the students were challenged to develop a constitution for a colony on Mars. The day concluded with a guided tour of the new "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" exhibit at the Heinz History Center. The exhibit includes artifacts from Shady Side Alum Jay Apt '67.

The students and Mr. Smith were sponsored by the Fox Chapel Rotary Club, of which retired SSA teacher Bill McConnel (pictured at right in photo) is the Youth Committee chair.

Read more about the World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders here.

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