Blog written by Robert Finney
Our final morning at Chateau d'Oex! We woke up for an early breakfast before the long-awaited decisions were announced. As we gathered for a final time, the suspense built as certificates were handed out. One by one, the names of those selected were called and everyone clapped for their friends. We found out only seven people would be invited to Africa.
It was bittersweet for those who made it because just as strong a group could have been composed from those who didn't make it. We're all part of the Pangaea family and it was extremely difficult to say goodbye. For those who were selected, we'll see each other in Africa. For those who weren't, we'll have many opportunities to continue to be involved in Pangaea projects together. All is quiet as only several young explorers remain waiting to depart to all corners of the globe.
The following candidates have been selected to go to Africa !
Nora Bergner, 15, of Freinsheim, is a Grade 9 student at the Werner-Heisenberg Gymnasium in Bad Dürkheim, Germany.
Tanguy Buchner, 17, of Nice, is a Grade 12 student at Centre International de Valbonne, France.
Sebastian Engelhart, 16, of Hong Kong is a Grade 11 student at Island School of Hong Kong, China.
Oliver Engelhart, 16, of Hong Kong is a Grade 11 student at Island School of Hong Kong, China.
Robert Finney, 19, of Oceanside, California is a 2011 graduate of United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico and will be a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in the fall of 2012.
Nadja Vukasinovic, 15, is a first year student at Kraljevo Gymnasium in Serbia.
Kate Wootton, 20, of Ashburton, Canterbury, is a fourth year student at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Warm welcome to the special guests of our loyal sponsor, Geberit:
Laura Baehny, 16, of Basel, Switzerland and Anika Hollaender, 17, of Hamburg, Germany.