This is a virtual event. The Zoom Link will be sent in the confirmation email after registration, and again the day prior to the ceremony. We hope to see you in-person next year!
The World Affairs Council's Global Classroom is thrilled to celebrate our 2022 World Citizen Essay Contest winners and honorable mentions Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:30PM PT. This year, students across Washington State were asked to reflect on the origins of crises that lead to the mass displacement of peoples around the world and how they would welcome displaced persons into their own communities. We received just over 230 submissions from students across the state, and these essays demonstrated the intelligence and passion of local students on global issues critical to us all. We hope you are very proud of your accomplishment! Global Classroom extends our sincere gratitude to all of the educators who shared this opportunity with their students; the parents who allowed and encouraged their children to participate in this year's contest; and all of the youth who shared their voices with us on issues, global and local, important to them. We truly appreciate you all taking the time to let your voices be heard and for uplifting our youth!
This is a FREE event open to family, friends, educators, and community members. The evening will begin with a conversation centering global education with our keynote speaker Dr. Ioana Cozmuta, moderated by Global Classroom Director, Ryan Hauck. After the conversation, our 2022 Educators of the Month will share why global education is important to them and the work they do with their students, followed by the announcement of the 2022 World Citizen Essay Contest winners, honorable mentions, and additional awardees to close out the ceremony. Please join us as we honor and uplift our youth!
Dr. Ioana Cozmuta is the founder and CEO of G-space Inc, a women-owned B-corporations and a reflection of Ioana’s passions: to discover and build opportunities for socio-economic benefit at the confluence of Space and Earth and to mentor and inspire the new generation towards a more prosperous future for humanity. Ioana holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and she is an alumnus of Caltech and Stanford University. During her career at NASA and in the industry spanning two decades, Ioana has built a legacy on transforming the status quo, opening new avenues for innovation, collaboration, space technology commercialization and public-private partnerships. The current fiber optics manufacturing in space has its origin in a paper published in 2017. Dr. Cozmuța is a TedEx Future Spoiler, a keynote/speaker and lecturer. She has co/authored over 200 scientific articles, technical reports and newspaper interviews; webinars and podcasts.
Ryan Hauck is a teacher at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, WA. As a teacher of comparative politics and international studies, he is often applauded for bringing the world into his classroom by engaging students around the importance of living in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world. Over the last 15 years, Ryan has worked closely with the World Affairs Council and hosted numerous International Visitor Program delegations at his school. He has traveled to South Africa and Swaziland, returning to write curriculum for other teachers to use. Ultimately, Ryan wants his students to think critically about world issues, acquire the skills needed to be globally competent in the 21st century, and become actively engaged citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.
Thank you to our 2022 Educators of the Month for bringing the world into your classrooms!
Click the blue buttons below to check out our 2022 World Citizen Essay Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions!
Jasmine Maiolo, 5th Grade, McDonald International School | “Syria at Half Population Due to War”
Liat Swissa-Fulgham, 5th Grade, Bryant Elementary School | “Myanmar Refugee Crisis”
Lily Fei, 5th Grade, Bryant Elementary School | “Syrian Refugees Need Compassion and Hope”
Liam Kennedy, 5th Grade, Bryant Elementary School | “Pain, Hunger, and Hydration”
Una Toledo, 5th Grade, Bryant Elementary School | “2.3 Million”
Maxwell Foley, 12th Grade, Glacier Peak High School | “Nigerian Displacement”
Chinoso Okorafor, 12th Grade, Glacier Peak High School | “Displacement, Refugees, and the Effects of Boko Haram”
Jason Halloway, 12th Grade, Glacier Peak High School | “Syria’s Water Crisis"
Gabrielle Ugalde, 10th Grade, Tacoma Science & Math Institute | “The Venezuelan Crisis- Renewing Halted Opportunities”
Stephanie Basquette, 10th Grade, Tacoma Science & Math Institute | “How We Can Help Venezuelans”
Sega Khafif, 12th Grade, Tacoma Science & Math Institute | “Venezuelan Refugee Crisis and Potential Solutions ”
Thank you to our 2022 Participating Schools:
Bryant Elementary School, McDonald International School, Narrows View Intermediate School, Issaquah Middle School, Timberline Middle School, Glacier Peak High School, Chief Sealth International High School , Tacoma Science & Math Institute.
A Special Thanks to our 2022 World Citizen Essay Contest Judges for your support of this event - We could not do this without all of you!
First Round Judges: Doni Uyeno, Mandy Toomey, Brandon Severance, Nathan Sharpe, Tom Lombardo, Camille Adkins-Rieck, Magda Davis, Meryl Jordan, Cassidy Nelson, Francesca O'Malley, Julie Kaegler, Olivia Kugiya, Stephanie Stinson, Maya Sullivan, Avery Closser, Guillaume Cravero, Rayan Atallah, Emily Davies, Alinne Oliveria, Ryan Hauck, Jacqueline Miller, Isabel Wilson, Bruno Hernandez Sotres
Second Round Judges: Noah Zeichner, Jaya Ravi
Third Round Judges: Michele Anciaux-Aoki, Vasili Andrews
First Place Prize: this year's first place winners will receive two tickets/passes to The Boeing Seafair Air Show, an annual event during Seafair weekend that features magnificent aerobatic planes performing in the sky. Performers include the US Navy Blue Angels and many more!
- Entry onto the Seafair festival grounds
- The Boeing Skybox
- Premium private viewing area of the Boeing Air Show along the shores of Lake Washington
- Stan Sayres Pits (close up view of the Hydroplanes)
- Guided tours of Stan Sayres Pits available as a guest of Boeing
- Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided
- Passes are non‐transferrable
Second Place Prize: this year's second place winners will receive four tickets to a Seattle Storm home game of their choosing, as well as an autographed item from the team!
Third Place Prize: this year's third place winners will receive a voucher for two to go on a Harbor Cruise with Argosy Cruises that can be used anytime before the end of September!