MWESAILA (YANICK) SAILA-NGITA is 18 years old, a resident of West Hartford, Connecticut, and is known to family and friends as Yanick. Yanick joined the Model UN in his freshman year at Conard High School. Through personal experiences as result of his African birth, his passion for the problems of the Third World countries represented at the conference, and the level of sophistication in conflict resolution he evidenced, he helped to expand the Club’s horizons and reset the benchmark for inclusion, peace and social justice for the Club and within the school. Mr. Saila-Ngita co-founded Conard’s chapter of Amnesty International, and works daily to keep the issues of human rights and racism energized in the school’s community. He is a member of the National Conference for Community and Justice which empowers participants to become effective, responsible leaders in our pluralistic society by focusing on ethical responsibility, personal awareness and understanding. Delegates are challenged to think about community. He became a role model for defining the world as his community, which resulted in his decision to join the Gay Straight Alliance. Mr. Saila-Ngita is described by faculty as dedicated to social justice, a proactive leader who inspires his peers with his absolute commitment to “his pursuit of equality.” He will begin undergraduate studies at Howard University this year.
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