Students from Girard College Appear at Global Economic Forum
The Global Economic Forum was sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. At the event, students from the Philadelphia region designed solutions for global problems concerning advanced, developing and least developed countries.
Students from Girard College participated in the committee concerning income equality which Christopher Battle, a senior at Girard College, headed along with two other students. For his efforts at the Global Economic Forum, Battle received the “Student Leader Award.”
“Chris did a wonderful job,” said social studies teacher and faculty advisor Bill Gallagher in a press release by Girard College. “He was one of three leaders for 150 kids, and he just stepped in and took charge.”
Battle, who will be continuing his education at Drexel University this fall as a political science major, also participated in the Global Economic Forum last year as a delegate and received the “Outstanding Student Delegate” award.
“I enjoy politics and public policy,” Battle said. “I like hearing different opinions from different students at other schools.”
For Battle, being a leader at the event was not only interesting because he was the only boy in his group, but also as a way for him to realize the United States’ role in international issues.
“We need to do more in the United States as part of our global community to tackle these issues,” Battle said.
The Keynote speaker at the event, Senator Vincent Hughes, spoke about the need for younger generations to participate in events like the Global Economic Forum, which Battle echoed.
“I think we need a bigger push for reference to global issues,” Battle told the Spirit News. “It’s important for future politicians and leaders to be more aware of these problems.”