Friday, June 12, 2015


As we continue to strive for educational excellence in our District, I am elated to see our students and teachers excel.  One example of educational excellence was having our SDJ students selected to participate in a conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation and receiving a $3,000 scholarship to attend.  Other students and teachers from the United States, Russia, and Japan also attended this conference on nuclear disarmament.  The conference commemorated the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey(MIIS) co-sponsored the conference as part of its annual Critical Issues Forum (CIF), in partnership with Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School and local governments both Hiroshima city and prefecture.

At the CIF conference, students from seven U.S. high schools from across the country, two Russian high schools in closed nuclear cities, and the following Japanese schools (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kanagawa and Tokyo) presented their findings on this year’s topic, “Nuclear Disarmament: Humanitarian Approach.” At a public symposium, a student from each country discussed the important roles of youth education towards achieving the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. During the conference week, students also visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and heard a testimonial from an atomic bomb survivor. The first two days of the conference took place at the Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School.

Over the next two days I would like to feature three of our students;  Carlo Govantes (Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship Winner), Edward (Yeifei SDJ International Student) and Nate Watson who participated in this conference. Attending this conference is another way our students are benefitting from the International Program.

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