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Students in Class
Bronxville, NY

Bronxville High School students recently welcomed two Ukrainian women as special guests at their school. They discussed the conflict in Ukraine and shared their personal experiences.

During the event, the students connected with Yonkers resident and retired teacher Oksana Kulynych and her cousin Nataliiy Voloshyna, who had arrived from Ukraine a few weeks ago. Kulynych provided insight into the current conflict and compared it to past tragedies, including the Holodomor, which killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s when Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union as a dictator. With Kulynych translating for her, Voloshyna described that she never expected her homeland to be attacked and shared why she fled her hometown, Dnipro.

Senior Patrick Wu, who organized the event as president of the Model United Nations Club, said it was powerful to hear the Ukrainian refugee’s personal experience.

“She spoke in Ukrainian about the urgency of the situation and how she wanted to return home as soon as possible to help,” Wu said. “Hearing her speak in Ukrainian about the conflict was incredibly moving, and it was quite different learning directly from her as compared to from the news.”

Kulynych encouraged the students to get involved and write letters to local politicians, urging them to provide the necessary assistance to Ukraine to continue to fight the war. She said she was proud of the Ukrainians for having resisted.

Wu said he hoped the experience helped educate his peers and raise awareness about the history of Ukraine and what people are going through.

Students in Class Listening to Speakers
Students in Class Listening to Guest Speakers
Students in Class Listening to Guest Speakers
Students in Class Listening to Guest Speakers
Students in Class Listening to Guest Speakers