Westminster students bring school, Fulton a global flavor

Steven Sakayroun poses in Reeves Library on Westminster College's campus Wednesday. A citizen of Central African Republic, Sakayroun is attending  the school for computer science, and believes education is an important step to changing the world.

Steven Sakayroun poses in Reeves Library on Westminster College's campus Wednesday. A citizen of Central African Republic, Sakayroun is attending the school for computer science, and believes education is an important step to changing the world. Photo by Dean Asher.

When 325 new students moved into Westminster College last week, some of them brought the school and the surrounding community a splash of international flair.

International students from as far as Senegal and the Central African Republic, such as Steven Sakayroun, hope to take their education back to their homes to improve them, while more local students like transnational studies major Amelia Ayers of Ballwin still hope to go forth from the school and change the world.

Sakayroun, 20, was part of the inaugural class at the African Leadership Academy, a school in South Africa for young leaders throughout the continent. After working on various projects, studying computers and writing a French-language novel, his academic adviser recommended other schools around the world, mentioning Westminster.

“I looked at Westminster and I saw that there was a really small community here and that the quality of education, from what I had been reading, was really great,” he said.

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