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SCIS Students Win International “Doors to Diplomacy” Platinum Prize

June, 2011
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scis-diplomacy-sFour Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) students took the top prize in an international web design competition co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Global SchoolNet. The awards recognize the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants aged from 11 to 18, include 341 student teams from 30 countries.

As part of a Grade 10 English class assignment, these four SCIS students, Nicole Duffy, Lif Nelander, Filippa Rosengren, and Jennifer Yeung created a website titled “International Adoptions and Diplomacy”, to show how adoptions between different countries can help to strengthen the diplomatic bonds between them. Their project can be viewed at the following web address: http://www.wix.com/dufn50216/dtd-international-adoptions.

These SCIS students went above and beyond the scope of the assignment, thereby demonstrating that they deserved to win a top prize. They interviewed teachers, parents, and orphanage managers to discover the diplomatic interactions involved with international adoptions. When they saw that something needed to be done, they decided to hold a bake sale to help raise funds for the Half the Sky Orphanage in Nanjing. Their research and actions resulted in the top prize for the competition. 

Each student member of the winning Doors to Diplomacy teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winning coaches will each receive a $500 cash award. Judging was performed by student peers and educational professionals, with the final selections made by a team of Department of State judges from the Bureaus of Public Affairs and Educational and Cultural Affairs. The winning sites will be linked from the Department of State’s youth site at http://www.future.state.gov.

Global SchoolNet, http://www.globalschoolnet.org, is a non-profit, Internet-based education program. The Doors to Diplomacy Award was specially created for CyberFair, a contest that encourages students and educators to join together to build high-quality, educational websites on a variety of topics. These website entries will be available on the web as learning tools to millions of people around the globe.

Further details on the Doors to Diplomacy projects can be found at http://globalschoolhouse.org/doors.

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