Havelock teen attends conference at the U.N.

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Alex Messmer, 17, of Havelock is shown at the United Nations in New York.

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Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

A 17-year-old leader in the Cherry Point Young Marines spent six days at the United Nations in New York at the international Commission on the Status of Women.

Alex Messmer, a student at Early College East in Havelock, is one of three students from the region participating. Two other Young Marines from New River are attending. They are among just 20 Young Marines nationwide joining 750 delegates at the forum.

"They talk about the status of equal rights for women and what is happening in their country over the past year. This is where they talk about what needs to change," Messmer said. "The reason why it’s vital is that women can provide a lot of success to the economy and to your community. They’re not just an object."

Messmer said that men should spend more time standing up for women in abusive situations.

"Sometimes women can’t speak out and thrive because they are under the oppression of a bad community and they get no help from their male counterparts," Messmer said.

Messmer is also on a national award winning engineering team that is traveling to Germany in April for an international trade show with their remote operating research submarine.

Messmer has been in the Cherry Point Young Marines since he was 8.

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