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Sunday 21 January 2018

'Amazing atmosphere' inspires young student to consider career in politics

Aizzah Adil (16) attended the presidential inauguration
Aizzah Adil (16) attended the presidential inauguration

Gavin White

A Drogheda student who was invited to the presidential inauguration says although she is "not a Trump fan", her trip to Washington was "very inspirational".

Aizzah Adil (16), who attends Our Lady's Greenhills secondary school in Drogheda, Co Louth, was invited to the ceremony after being nominated to be part of the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit.

She was nominated for the summit having attended the Global Young Leaders Conference in 2015, an international student event designed to develop skills in leadership, diplomacy and public speaking.

Aizzah, who was born in Pakistan, said: "Seeing the changing of the guard with Obama was an emotional experience and the atmosphere was amazing."

However, she said the new president should "learn to respect women - and other ethnicities".

As part of the five-day summit, Aizzah attended talks involving the likes of former US secretary of state Colin Powell. She met the father of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

Aizzah said Mr Powell made "a really good speech" while the whole experience made her "open her mind" to a future profession.

Previously set on medicine, Aizzah is now considering a career in politics or law.

Irish Independent

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