Hurricane Joaquin turned east, and Senior Ambassadors headed north today to welcome delegates in Washington, D.C. today after a nervous week of weather watching.

Ellie F. and Aven J. make welcome signs on the bus

IELC student photojournalist Madison S. described arrival time by sharing, “I would get nervous before each country landed and it was time to meet them, but once I met everyone it was like I’d known them my whole life. We’re already so close!”

Aven J. and Katie R. welcome delegates in Dulles
Welcome India!
Aven J. welcomes Emily and Mariam from Italy
Mrs. Galston welcomes Zineb H. from Morocco

Fahd K. From Morocco said, “The welcoming from Collegiate was very heartwarming; I was very proud to be able to come represent Morocco. I look forward to the conference.”

Josephine, Hugo & Aurore from France relax after arrival
Guiermo and Sophia from Mexico
Selfie sticks make an appearance right away