Local Teacher and Students Think Globally

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is important to be informed of issues and events around the globe in order to better understand and engage with the people around us. If you were a foreign news correspondent, where would you like to be assigned? What story would you cover and how would you gather the necessary information? Why do you think this is an important story to tell?

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Watch Margaret Larson’s keynote speech here.

This was the prompt for the 2015 World Citizen Essay Contest in which over 400 students from around the Puget Sound participated. On May 26th, 2015 the World Affairs Council celebrated the nine student winners in grades 3 through 12 for their creative and thoughtful essays. Each student read an excerpt from his/her essay – spanning topics such as clean water, religion, fair trade, and conflict – and received an award from former foreign correspondent  Margaret Larson. The Seattle Globalist published the first place winners’ essays online! Read Zara’s, Ruby’s, and Katie’s essays. Learn more about the contest and read all nine essays here.

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Watch Brandon’s acceptance speech here.

As part of this special evening, we honored 2014-15 World Educator Brandon Frederick. Brandon is a social studies teacher at Bonney Lake High School in Sumner, WA and works tirelessly to bring a global perspective to his students. As Brandon said in his acceptance speech, “The world itself becomes our textbook, and our framework. We live in an increasingly connected and globalized world, and the news headlines from the last year or so tell us how important it is to create global citizens….In my classroom, I try to create impassioned youth, who can make global connections and educated decisions regarding the complex world we live in.” Brandon was presented his award by World Affairs Council board member and former Ambassador to Malawi and the DRC, Roger Meece. We are proud to recognize Brandon as the 2014-15 World Educator. Learn more about Brandon’s accomplishments and the World Educator award here.

The work of these students and outstanding global educator exemplify the mission of the World Affairs Council to advance global engagement and understanding in our community. Join us