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Bishop Lynch Hosts the World Affairs Council

Bishop Lynch High School hosted international delegates from the World Affairs Council last week on April 12th. The event was organized by Anna Emery, a Bishop Lynch alumna, who is a Program Manager for the World Affairs Council and Rachele Piazza, '02, Instructional Specialist at Bishop Lynch. These delegates, from 24 countries, came to BL and were shown around our campus by senior students from the Senior Leadership class.

After the tour, the delegates participated in a Q&A panel with current staff and senior students. The delegates asked the students and staff questions that ranged from financial aid to ways that the school accepts diversity. Presley Luce, a senior at Bishop Lynch, responded to a question about how Bishop Lynch accepts religious diversity, “BL has helped me shape my view of religion and God. They help you cultivate an idea of religion”. 
 
The delegates also asked how the Bishop Lynch community teaches students and staff how to treat other with different views than themselves. Veda Jasso, senior student, responded with “This is a place where I’m loved and accepted for who I am”. Chase Malone, senior student, said “BL does a great job in encouraging diversity and organically discouraging cliques by being able to join various programs and clubs”. Presley quickly responded, “I recognized the sense of community from day one at BL”, when one of the delegates asked how Bishop Lynch dealt with various cliques and bullying. 
 
Many of the delegates were amazed with the amount of community service Bishop Lynch students do in and outside of the classroom. Chris Dunn, senior student, answered a question about service, “The message of service is established here from the moment we walk into the school. We are then taught how to step back out and make the entire community a better place”. 
 
Bishop Lynch was honored to host these delegates, and the students and staff are grateful to learn so much from them and hope that this event is one of many to create a sense of community, not within the borders of the US, but with the whole globe.
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