William Joseph, a Class 9 student from Indus International School has scaled summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in the African continent.
Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world and stands at an imperious height of 19,336 feet.
William was a member of 13 member team comprising two students from Indus Hyderabad and 11 from Indus Bengaluru.
"The instant I set foot on the summit, my joy knew no bounds...the dream that I had nurtured for several months and all the sweat and tears, I had put forth into this project were worth it," he said.
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William who aspires to be a marine biologist feels that this experience has taught him that the right mindset can enable any human being to overcome challenges in life.
"Leaders emerge in times of challenges, chaos and confusion, they shine in times of tests and tribulations," says Captain Mohit, the expedition-in-charge.
Mohit is also a trainer at the Indus School of Leadership, an in-house training institute of Indus International School. The main objective of this institute is to impart experiential leadership training to students.
Jayant Buddole, another student from Indus Hyderabad was part of this expedition and reached the summit camp at a height of 16,141 feet, just 3,200 feet short of the summit.
"I am very happy with his achievement, yet I felt a sense of regret that I could not summit the peak. I had come so near. And yet was so far."