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Scecina sophomore is Indiana delegate to international forum on world hunger issues


 Amori Curiel (left) and teacher Kathryn Wetzel will go to Iowa this month for the Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. The event focuses on world hunger issues.

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

Sophomore Amori Curiel will have a shorter fall break than her fellow Scecina students. But it’s for a great cause: Ending world hunger. 

Amori is headed to Iowa with her mother and Scecina English teacher Kathryn Wetzel for the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.  

In Iowa, she will interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates and discuss food security and agricultural issues with international experts. She’ll be among more than 200 other high school and college students from 32 states and 10 other countries who are passionate about ending hunger. It will be like a mini United Nations meeting on issues of global significance. 

“I’m really excited about going,” she said. 

“It’s going to be an amazing experience,” added Ms. Wetzel. 

Last spring, Amori presented her own research about improving water quality for people of Togo to a roundtable at World Food Prize Youth Institute at Purdue University. She was just a freshman.  

“I could tell she was nervous, but when she presented, she did a beautiful job,” said Ms. Wetzel. “She was composed. She showed she knew what she was talking about.” 

Rarely does a freshman move past that round of the Youth Institute. But this summer, Amori learned she was that rare freshman who had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Food Prize Youth Institute in Iowa as a delegate for Indiana. 

They have spent the past weeks improving on the research Amori had done. For example, the experts at Purdue told her to involve the people of Togo in her solutions for improving the country’s water supply. 

Amori again will present her research to food and agriculture experts in Iowa. She also will:

  • Have “life-changing hands-on learning experiences.” 
  • Tour innovative and industrial and research facilities. 
  • Attend the Borlaug Dialogue, where 1,500 international experts and policy leaders from 65 countries will address cutting-edge challenges in food security and international development. 
  • Hear and perhaps meet keynote speaker Catherine Bertini, the 2003 World Food Prize laureate who was Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program from 1992 to 2002. 
  • Attend the ceremony in the historic Iowa state Capitol, where the World Food Prize will be awarded. The award is considered the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” 

The other countries represented at the Global Youth Institute are Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kosovo, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.  

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, Amori could be eligible to apply for a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.