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King's Lynn Springwood High School student Merissa Lawrence at Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York





This summer, Merissa Lawrence from Lynn joined outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career development experience.

The Year 12 student at Springwood High School attended the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington DC and New York.

The GYLC is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Merissa Lawrence a Year 12 student at Springwood High School attended the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US. (57832976)
Merissa Lawrence a Year 12 student at Springwood High School attended the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US. (57832976)

Merissa was invited to attend this conference through the College Board's Student Search Service who identify high-achieving students worthy of selection.

In addition to being part of the top two per cent of her cohort and being the team captain of the school's National Magistrates Mock Trial Team, Merissa is also interested in Global Citizenship and has recently traveled to Cambodia to volunteer and improve the quality of education for children.

With interests in economic, social and diplomatic issues, Merissa gained hands on experience in preparing for a position of national and global leadership in the future, as she visited international embassies, engaged with a United Nations Speaker, drafted policy proposals, debated issues, and worked to pass resolution, all of which will culminated in the Global Summit stimulation.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am happy that Merissa met, worked, and collaborated with other high-aspiring students from across the country and the globe,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision.

“Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow. Creating that same learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs.

"At the GYLC, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel at college and in the workplace. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

For over 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that enable them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their world. In 2018, Envision became part of the WorldStrides family.

The largest provider of educational travel and experiences in the United States, WorldStrides works with over 50,000 educators each year to help more than 550,000 students see the world—and themselves—in new ways.



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