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Congratulations to Elise Swain, who has won a place on the TABU (Towards A Better Understanding) 10 day exchange visit to Chicago in April. After completing an application form, writing a personal statement and meeting all the selection criteria, Elise, along with another Academy pupil, Morgan Curran, made it onto the shortlist for the final selection process. This involved her attending an interview where she had to give a 5 minute personal presentation, followed by a 15 minute interview by a panel of Rotarians. A tremendous achievement – well done, Elise!

TABU is a Rotary Club of Belfast exchange project with the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood in Chicago which aims to create a better mutual understanding between different communities by studying Conflict Resolution. This includes finding ways to break down barriers among people, particularly young people, and learning how to reconcile differences. Six Northern Ireland students from different religions, schools and backgrounds are carefully selected to go on this exchange every other year while, in between, six Highland Park students visit Belfast. The project had its first study visit in 1992 and one has taken place every year since.

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