Chicago is one of a only a few cities in the country that has an urban high
school dedicated to agriculture. The Chicago High School for Agriculture
Sciences was created on a 72 acres farm on the far southwest side of the City of
Chicago in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood.
Friday, June 11th was the graduation ceremony for CHSAS. In my role as
co-chair of the Business Advisory Council, I participated in the ceremony and
got to congratulate the over 100 graduates. We were very fortunate that our
speaker was Katherine Bertini, the former head of the World Food Program for the
United Nations and winner of the World Food Prize. Today Bertini serves as Under
Secretary of Management for the United Nations., and is the most senior American
in the UN administration. Bertini delivered a powerful message to the graduates
and their families on the importance of the food chain and the important message
that these students will play in society,
Her address helped prepare me for my speech Saturday at Kendall College.