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San Ramon: Biodiversity and Talent on Display

Ambassador Anne Andrew

San Ramón, September 26, 2012
A student shows his skills in robotics

A student shows his skills in robotics

An up-close look a poisonous snake

An up-close look a poisonous snake

Young, talented musicians, brilliant students and the rich biodiversity of San Ramon stood out for Ambassador Anne Andrew during her visit to the city of San Ramon in Alajuela.

The Ambassador’s first stop was the Alberto Manuel Brenes Nature Reserve, where she arrived very early in the morning to see its forests, flora and fauna, which included an up-close look a poisonous snake.

American students from universities in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio visit this reserve every year to perform field work, to develop biodiversity and conservation projects, and to observe animals’ behavior.

San Ramon Mayor Mercedes Moya and PLN Deputy Edgardo Araya joined Ambassador Andrew during this visit, where they also had meetings with NGO representatives, the University of Costa Rica, the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, and young community leaders. They had several discussions on the main challenges that San Ramon faces.

But the Science High School was a high-point of the visit. “When I arrived to the country, almost three years ago, I promised I was going to visit the nine science high schools and so far I have visited eight. Your commitment with science impresses me,” said Ambassador Andrew to the students who surprised her with their questions on her work as diplomat and their skills in robotics and chemistry.

The impressive visit closed with a short performance from students enrolled in the National Music System students who delighted the Ambassador with their talent.