Former U.S. ambassadors speak to Huron students about their careers representing America abroad

Four former United States ambassadors visited Huron High School Tuesday to speak with students about diplomacy and share insights from their long careers representing America abroad.

The envoys—John Feeley, Liliana Ayalde, P. Michael McKinley, and Ronald Neumann—had spoken the previous evening at the University of Michigan in an event hosted by U-M’s Weiser Diplomacy Center.

Their appearance at Huron allowed them to engage directly with the students and impart wisdom from decades of foreign service. The ambassadors spent several hours talking with students in social studies courses, including Global Politics, Government, AP Government, and Philosophy, both in the auditorium and later in classrooms. They fielded numerous questions about the role of diplomats and the inner workings of embassies overseas.

Social Studies teacher Allison Echlin said she was impressed by her students’ thoughtful inquiries and the risk-taking displayed in interacting with the ambassadors.

“The best part has been students raising their hands, asking questions, and seeing our students be risk-takers and say their names and ask their questions, both curiosity questions in regards to what it is to be an ambassador, and asking tough questions,” she said.

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