PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly 20 delegates from One Young World visited Sto-Rox High School thanks to an invitation from delegate Kevin Carter.
He was on the Pittsburgh host committee.
“I was on the host committee,” Carter said. “I was helping Sto-Rox bring global dignity day here, but it is amazing. It’s an amazing experience, and I am glad that the delegates are able to see the US because a lot of them haven’t been here before.”
The delegates have come from all around the world, but while they’re at Sto-Rox, they want to talk about one thing. That one thing is dignity. While they are from different countries around the world, Great Britain’s delegate Griselda Denizi sees a lot of similarities.
“I thought we would be a lot differently but there is a lot of overlap of what you would hear in England and what you hear over here,” she said. “There really isn’t much difference at all.”
Delegates spent time in classroom breakout sessions talking with the kids about dignity. What is it? Who has it? They asked them to share their thoughts.
Mary Sersosimo is a junior at Sto-Rox. She spoke to the upperclassmen about her experience of losing her mom when she was just 12 year old.
“I didn’t want my – I don’t want to say mistakes, but what happened to me in life — and what I have learned from it,” she said. “I just want everyone else to be able to know that everything that you do is worth it. There is nothing in life that is not worth it.”
Heath Bailey, Principal at Sto-Rox High School, says for his students and staff to have young world leaders visit their school could be a life-changing experience.
“we are in awe and we are so fortunate and gracious,” Bailey said. “There is going to be a lot of discussion afterward.”
And what they have learned may not be known for years.