Six St. Basil Academy seniors and their social studies moderator, Kimberly Fina, attended the University of Pennsylvania International Relations Conference (PIRC) last month.

The educational forum features interactive discussions among high school students and presentations from Penn professors and experienced undergraduates.

The February meeting focused on the deeper meaning of Latin America in international relations by analyzing the region from an economic, political and cultural perspective. Speakers discussed both the economic rise of the region and the current dilemmas it is facing, and expanded on the region’s political diversity and current interactions with the United States.


The seniors attending — Jessica Childs, Donna Liu, Corrine McGrath, Claudine Mozdronek, Molly Norton and Mnali Patel — were impressed with the day’s activities.

“I loved meeting with other students and discussing the problems of the world and how we can fix them,” said McGrath. Childs said she “learned so much about different countries’ governments and how they impact the world.”

According to its literature, the PIRC was created “to encourage a love of international relations and to foster an awareness of global politics among high school students in the Delaware Valley.”

St. Basil Academy, operated by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, is located at 711 Fox Chase Road in Jenkintown.