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FTHS Senior Selected to Represent New Jersey at Global Youth Institute

Olivia Simon Each year, 200 exceptional high school students from around the world are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. This year Freehold Township High School senior Olivia Simon was selected to represent New Jersey. She becomes the 4th student from the Freehold Township High School Animal and Botanical Sciences Magnet Program to be selected to represent the Freehold Regional School District and the Garden State at the conference. 

Selected students and their teachers travel to Des Moines, Iowa to attend this exciting three-day event at which they interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts. Teachers register their students to participate in a qualifying Youth Institute or apply for an at-large delegate seat at the Global Youth Institute (if the student resides in a U.S. state or country where no Youth Institute exists). The students then research and write a short research report on a critical food security issue under the direction of their teacher. Olivia chose to focus on Sustainability in South Korea. 

At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present papers they have researched and written on a critical aspect of food security, and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers in roundtable discussions. Each discussion group of seven to nine students is led by three distinguished global leaders in science, industry, and policy. Student papers are subsequently published in the Global Youth Institute Proceedings and are available online. 

Attendees also connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry, and policy.