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27/August/2019: The 12th of August was a momentous day for me and Luuk Karmarker UWCSEA ’20, as we summited Pik Lenin 7,134m at 12:20pm in a howling wind, -12C temperatures and bright sunshine after a rapid five day ascent from base camp. It was also a significant step in the journey of Elyzaveta “Liza” Radionova UWCSEA ’21, who arrived on this day in Singapore from her native eastern Ukraine after being awarded the Three Peak Challenge scholarship from the 2018 mountaineering campaign with the same name. Luuk walked into the Dover Campus of UWCSEA on 20/August in full mountain gear (as he had envisioned), tired but happy.
These two scholars embody the spirit and philosophy of United World College by reaching far beyond their physical and cultural boundaries to experience and understand places and communities, and aim to make positive changes. I am so proud to support and work together with them this year and in the years to come to fulfill our aims of realizing the UWC experience – in school and in life.