BAYONNE, N.J. – U.S. Vice Consul to Mexico Elizabeth Smith visited Bayonne High School on Monday as part of the U.S. State Department’s Hometown Diplomats program.

Smith spoke to students about the importance of foreign policy and why it matters to forge a successful future.

According to Dan Ward, the Director of Social Studies and Education Media Services at Bayonne High School, Jahnbaz Almas, a member of the Bayonne Education Foundation, offered the opportunity for Smith to speak at Bayonne High School.

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Almas is a volunteer at a New York City school where Smith was also scheduled to speak. Additionally, he has been a major proponent of developing student interest in foreign affairs at Bayonne High School.

Almas was a major proponent of the school starting a Model UN club, Ward said, which has led to countless experiences for students in New York City.

He said: “The Hometown Diplomats program can be seen as an extension of that work as well as part of the Department's efforts to develop a network that can provide unique opportunities for students and teachers such as the internships Ms. Smith spoke of.”

Smith was a New York City teacher prior to joining the U.S. State Department. She is currently stationed in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her first tour was in Georgetown, Guyana.