May 18, 2018: Harpswell student, Len Sievlan, was selected as Valedictorian of her class at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) in May.

Sievlan graduates with a degree in Global Affairs. During her time at university, she took on many leadership roles: she organized a debate forum, co-drafted the University’s first student government constitution, founded and later became the editor of the first student- led newspaper at AUPP, led a Latin Culture Club, and organized the first ASEAN Model Meeting at AUPP. At Harpswell, she ran the English-Speaking Club and was a Self-Study Team Leader. She studied at two research-intensive institutions, spent a semester at American University in Washington DC, and won the US Peace Corps 2015 Write-On Competition. This summer, Sievlan will return to the US as a Harpswell US Fellow to study sustainable development at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

During her valedictorian speech, Sievlan thanked those who helped her along the way, including her family, AUPP, and Harpswell: “Less than half of our country’s peers have the opportunity to pursue higher education. I could have been one of those young people if not for the faith of others and the support of AUPP and Harpswell to believe in my potential.”

She also encouraged her fellow graduates to continue chasing their dreams and stressed the importance of giving back: “[…] let’s be grateful for those who have helped us throughout our journey, and be the support for others in any way we can […] for learning and love are powerful: the more you share it, the more meaningful your life become!”

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Click here to see Sievlan’s graduation ceremony: