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The World Youth Congress (WYC) is an assembly of youth from around the world who come together to debate and develop youth-led solutions to challenges facing the world. Under the guidance of Ms.Cruz, Tehani Reyes-Roman and Nick Williams – both ULS seniors – were lucky enough to take part in this year’s Congress, which was held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from June 17th to June 25th. The Congress involved 150 delegates from more than 50 countries. Tehani and Nick led a workshop on sustainability in Hawaii. Nick presented on the issue of climate change and coral bleaching, which in 2015 caused the death of about ¼ of all coral in Hawaii. Tehani addressed the issue of plastic pollutants in the ocean, and why it is so important to preserve the ocean.
The presentations took a combined 35 minutes and the last 15 minutes was used for the activity. For a long time Nick and Tehani did not know what to do until Ms.Cruz suggested Kahoot. Kahoot is something that many people enjoy. When they pulled up Kahoot for the activity they heard lots of excited voices in the audience. When Kahoot started they blasted the theme music and everybody was in a really good mood. After every question Tehani and Nick would give a little more detail so they were sure everybody understood. When the activity ended somebody asked if they could play Kahoot again but were out of time. As the audience left the room one of the very enthusiastic group leaders shouted “I love you Nick!” The presentation received a lot of positive comments from the audience and the experience was great for both of the student presenters. Overall we loved the WYC and we are really thankful for the experience!