ACG’s mission is to provide students with a global, transformative, and unique educational experience. An exciting part of that experience is the opportunity to choose from a plethora of Academic Advancement Programs (AAP), which include European and international tournaments and championships.
Participation in the Academic Advancement Programs provides bright, talented, and hardworking students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in creative ways, far beyond the classroom; to learn about leadership in a global context; to be stellar ambassadors for their College, their country, and the institutions and companies that support them; to work with peers from all over the world. And in this way, we can play our part in paving the way to an exciting and hopeful future for the next generation of leaders and global citizens.
Every year however, more and more students are unable to attend these events due to financial constraints. ACG helps them overcome such difficulties by reaching out and fostering collaborations such as the new partnership with AEGEAN, so that every deserving student can have the chance to learn something new, experience a different culture, and create memories of a lifetime!
A World of Opportunities
We thank AEGEAN for supporting our mission to provide our students with as many experiences as possible to help them grow, both personally and academically. But most importantly, we thank our new partners for believing in our students’ future as wholeheartedly as we do, and opening up a whole new world of opportunities for them!
Rome: Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis & the WorldMUN
In March, the Deree MUN Club visited Italy for the Harvard World Model United Nations 2016, the most internationally diverse college-level Model UN conference, with over 2,000 university students from over 115 countries attending each year.
In a grand opening ceremony, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi welcomed the international delegates to Rome, and was followed by an Italian orchestra and choir performing the awarded charity single “We Are the World.” Deree student Pavlos Zoumbouloglou said, “delegates from all corners of this earth were singing as a whole, as if we had known each other for years!”
To take a break from the conferences, the delegates visited Vatican City, where Pope Francis spoke to them in St. Peter’s conference hall. “Pope Francis’ call for love and unity, regardless of race or religion, reaffirms us of the special and unique character of this conference,” said Pavlos.
Head Delegate of the Deree team Artemis Kakaris said, “I feel very grateful for the opportunity to meet students from all over the world who are passionate, driven, and determined to make a difference. I met two students from South Sudan who assisted internally displaced people and visited schools to raise awareness about AIDS through a UN subsidiary organization.”
“After endless hours and hours of research and Committee Work, after meeting people from all continents and all socioeconomic statuses, there’s not much to do but reflect” said Pavlos, remembering the wise words of Pope Francis: “The greatest benefit is your time together, your encounter with people from around the world, who represent not only our many contemporary challenges, but above all, the rich diversity of talents and potential of the human family.”
Debating in Belgrade, Helsinki & Thessaloniki
Over the past year, the Deree Debate Club has participated in several international debating tournaments, including the World Universities Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, and the Belgrade and Helsinki Open Tournaments.
“Being from Zimbabwe, visiting Serbia was a fascinating experience, and so was debating abroad for the first time ever. The best way to improve your debating skills is to interact with speakers from abroad who do things differently!”
“Debating in Helsinki, a quiet and peaceful city with divergence of views, made me realize that improving your arguments rather than raising your voice is the only way for intellectual enrichment.”
“Thessaloniki was the most stimulating debating experience of my life. Great events and socials, an amazing opening ceremony which kind of reminded me of the Olympics in 2004, and a ton of competition with over 400 teams from all over the globe. Defeating English teams was the highlight of my experience I think!”
London: Following in Shakespeare’s Footsteps
In April, a group of Pierce C Gymnasium and A Lyceum (Year 9 and Year 10) students went on the unique educational trip to London, UK, “Footsteps of Shakespeare,” supplementing their studies with a visit to immerse themselves in the English culture as they have learnt it through the literature they have studied in their English classes.
In the span of 5 memorable days, the students visited Stratford-upon-Avon, the focus of this year’s trip, and other towns and cities associated with a literary or historical figure such as Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury.
Tennis in Belgrade
Over Easter, the Pierce Tennis Team took part in a thrilling tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. The team had the opportunity to train alongside some of the best tennis players of their age group!