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Camas High School juniors Katie Blair, left, and Tiara Naidu were picked as two of 40 teen delegates from around the country to attend the U.N.'s 61st Commission on the Status of Women, earning them a trip to New York next month. (Ariane Kunze/The Columbian)

Posted: February 12, 2017

CAMAS — Tiara Naidu and Katie Blair feel like their Camas High School classmates are getting more aware of social issues around the world.

“It’s on their timelines; they can’t not see it,” said Naidu, 16. “They’re gaining more of a consciousness about it.”

The two also see it at weekly International Human Rights Club meetings, where the Camas High School juniors are two of five officers with the club. Last year, the club had about seven regular meetings, and this year they can get about 20 people to meetings.

“I’m really big on making sure everyone knows what’s going on in the world,” said Blair, 16.

Naidu and Blair are going to have a chance to talk with fellow students from around the world next month to learn more about current events, as they are two of 40 teen delegates picked to represent the United States at the United Nations’ 61st annual Commission on the Status of Women, to be held March 13 to 17 in New York City.

The theme of this year’s commission is “Economic Empowerment.” The two girls will attend lectures and workshops, possibly speak at different events and sit in on panels. They’ll also get a private tour of the U.N. open only to delegates from the commission.

Read the full story at The Columbian.