HLI Students Visit Tallahassee

By Sebastien Ressler
Our group traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to see our State government in action. We had a chance to sit in on one of the House of Representatives general sessions. With the help of Mr. Ebo Entsuah, we were able to visit with Representative Anthony Sabatini, who welcomed our group and engaged in an informative discussion. He shared about his journey of becoming a politician and his passion for politics.
We visited the Museum of Florida History and discussed the direction of HLI and the Student Leadership Council. We also attended the PeaceJam Conference at Florida State University, which featured Nobel Peace Laureate, Tawakkol Karman. She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her unwavering defense of democracy and justice in Yemen, and for giving women a role in the peace-building process. She is the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and has been a member of the PeaceJam Foundation since 2017. She had presented a speech at PeaceJam with the message of inspiring young leaders to believe in their dreams. The foundation’s mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.
Overall, the trip provided us with opportunities to discuss important, and sometimes sensitive, issues in finding one’s identity as a leader in the community. It was also an informative and educational trip for us to learn about different cultures and backgrounds. Thanks to seniors Annabella Boardman and Emma Crider for planning and organizing the details of this trip.