This week 18 students are traveling to China and Mongolia for a service trip focusing on the relationship between environmental concerns, economic development, and public policy in Mongolia, an emerging democracy. Students will first stop in Beijing and have an opportunity to see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, historic hutong districts, and the Great Wall of China. They will then travel to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, to visit national landmarks before traveling to Ardyn Elch, a youth camp in Northern Mongolia, where students will spend the bulk of their trip considering environmental issues and public policy.
Our students will provide English tutoring and participate in discussions and workshops on balancing economic development and environmental protection in a democratic system. These issues are of particular import in Mongolia as it has abundant mineral reserves, an unspoiled environment in much of the country, profound economic needs, and only recent experience with capitalism and democracy. Makhaan Rinchin Narangerel, Director of the Center for Citizenship Education, former member of the Mongolian Parliament, and a key leader in the Mongolian independence movement in 1990, will direct Emma’s time in Mongolia.
Track and Field
At the New York State Track and Field Championship meet, Emma Willard senior Molly received the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award for Section 2. NYSPHSAA promotes the belief that interscholastic athletics are an important part of education and support the ideals and values embodied in good sportsmanship. Molly also captured her second outdoor state championship in the triple jump and her third state championship overall. The Times Union covered her story here, and the Troy Record named her the Troy Record Athlete of the Week and interviewed her here.
Congratulations also to KK, who finished 8th in the State in the 200 and 7th in the State in the High Jump. Also a big congratulations to our 4 x 100 team (Amber, KK, Kristin, and Molly). They finished 4th in the State in the 4 x 100 relay!
Celeste ’12 and Annie ‘12 rowed at US Rowing Youth Nationals in Tennessee June 7-10 and finished 11th in the Nation in the Girls Pair. Congratulations on an outstanding senior season.