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She is among the 15 000 participants who were chosen from a very select group of over 20, 000 applicants from around the world, based on their extra-curricular activities, academic achievements, athleticism and community involvement.
Yesterday, Nicola was presented with her travel ticket, compliments North American Airlines, at a simple presentation ceremony at the Agency’s Main Street office.
A letter of Commissioner, United States Scholar-Athlete Games Wally Halas to Nichola stated: “Congratulations! You have been accepted to participate in the 23003 United States Scholar - Athlete Games as a scholar-chef ... Your leadership qualities, scholastic record, and extracurricular achievements exemplify the type of student we seek to attract to the Games. We are certain that you will contribute greatly to this exciting event!”
The games are an annual event, conceived by Dan Doyle and administered by the Inistitute for International Sport. Participants must have completed grades 9-12 and must be talented in athletics or fine arts. Participants will be involved in (8) eight days of competition, collaboration and cultural exchanges.
They will hold discussions on Ethics and Sportsmanship; Global Responsibility in the 21st Century; World Peace and Conflict Resolution, participate in meaningful discussions, sharing ideas and perspectives, and most of all, develop solutions, focused on World Hunger Relief Efforts.
Former Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Guiliani, who was a tower of strength to all Americans, in their hour of need, following 9/11, will be the keynote speaker for the event’s `Family Night’.
While in Rhode Island, the Johnson and Wales University will host Nicola’s Culinary Arts programme. The University is a world-class educational institution with colleges of business and hospitality, as well as a school of technology and Culinary Arts, that has consistently produced leaders in these fields.
On her return, Nicola, who is actively involved in youth activities at the Sacred Heart Parish, and is also an assistant swim instructor with Orca Swim club, will resume her studies in accountancy.
She is confident that her exposure to these games will not only boost her self-confidence, but will also strengthen her resolve to help the less fortunate, and be more conscious of their plight.