St. Joseph students attend forum at the United Nations


sjhsun-webKelly Gibison of Waterford and Josh DiNatale of Mays Landing, both seniors at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, are pictured at the United Nations Assembly floor during the Academic Impact Third Anniversary “Making A Difference” Youth Forum at the U.N. in New York City.

On Nov. 18, Global Studies students, seniors Josh DiNatale and Kelly Gibison of St. Joseph High School, Hammonton, participated in the United Nations Academic Impact Third Anniversary “Making A Difference” Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Kelly was in the select student group that got to ask questions to the student panel. Josh was one of six students from around the country on the student panel making a presentation to the forum.
Josh stated, “In our school, the idea that ‘the youth of today can impact the world’ motivates us to give back to not only our community, but the world as well; along with this, the U.N. millennium development goals help guide us in the right direction.”
He spoke of his and his fellow classmates and the school’s commitment to community service. He ended his presentation with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“Go out and be active in educating others and helping make this world a better place,” he added.
Both Josh and Kelly have been invited back to the United Nations for another forum in mid-December.
In describing their experience they wrote, “It’s amazing to see all the people involved. You walk down a hallway and hear seven different languages being spoken. You recognize you can make a difference.”
The Global Studies program at SJHS is headed by Bill Hocker, chair of the Social Studies Department.