Next month students from all over the country will pack their bags and travel to China for EF’s second Global Student Leader’s Summit. Students will visit one of the world’s most active economic hubs, exploring China’s ancient wonders while learning about the country’s development, and how its leaders have supported economic growth.
Students will then arrive in Shanghai for a two-day leadership conference, addressing social responsibility in the new global economy. Students will work together in international teams to collaboratively build socially responsible business plans during the summit’s design-thinking challenge, and will also hear from keynote speakers, including NPR’s Planet Money personalities Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson, and former United States Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, JR.
Also joining the Summit will be EF’s 2014 Global Citizen Scholarship recipients. This past Fall, students from across the U.S. submitted their ideas for socially responsible businesses as part of our annual global citizen scholarship. Only 15 of the 350 amazing ideas that were submitted could be selected. Of these 15, their projects successfully explained how their business idea would positively impact the world in ways that captured our attention and eagerly left us wanting to know more. Now, it’s your chance to meet them…Presenting the 2014 EF Global Citizen Scholarship recipients!
Alexander Stringfellow: Anderson High School, Grade 11
I was born in England to British and Bulgarian parents, and have been fortunate enough to travel to Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Bulgaria, and Austria. In the classroom, my academic interests are math and science, and after high school I would like to study chemical engineering or medicine. In my free time, I volunteer for Cincinnati’s City Council and the local YMCA.
Elizabeth Everest: Carson High School, Grade 12
You can often find me sitting at the desk under my window, diligently working away on projects. In this room my intellect roams over classic literature for English class, and delves into derivatives for Calculus. Outside of the classroom, I have been a member of the Carson Tigersharks swim team for the last 9 years. Chlorine is my perfume.
Eric Koch: Pembroke Hill High School, Grade 11
I try to be involved in a number of activities, and my interests are very spread out. I’m involved in my school’s science and debate teams, and currently play soccer and lacrosse. In the future, I hope to join the military and later start a career in business.
Jacob Gordon: Redmond High School, Grade 11
I enjoy studying history and business. I am part of the DECA club at my school, and I am also a member of the school’s cross country and track team. I’m looking forward to learning about different cultures and collaborating with other students. Making new friends and discussing how we can collectively work together and positively impact the world is going to be an awesome experience.
Jonah (Philip) Abraham: Portsmouth Christian Academy, Grade 12
I enjoy politics and history, especially American history, so I am very excited to hear John Hunstman’s speech, and one day I hope to pursue a career in law. I also participate in Quiz Bowl and Tae Kwon Do. Visiting China has been a dream of mine for quite some time, so I’m very excited about this opportunity.
Kaylynn Cusic: Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, Grade 11
I’m currently a participant in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education program. I am also part of my school’s Young Entrepreneur’s Club, which focuses on learning financial literacy and better understanding business plans. In the future, I hope to build a program that helps minorities become more informed about and interested in STEM fields.
Madeline Robinson: DuBois Area Catholic School, Grade 12
I applied for the Global Citizen Scholarship not only because I want to travel as often as I can, but also to prove I could complete an intellectual project outside of school. I’m really looking forward to collaborating with my fellow scholarship recipients and other summit attendees. I’m eager to learn how we can make a substantial difference in our communities and, quite possibly, the global community as well. Also, getting the opportunity to extensively tour the culturally rich, ancient nation of China won’t be so bad either!
Madi Lommen: Breck School, Grade 11
I love sports—I play hockey, golf and volleyball, which I’m rather obsessed with. I enjoy spending time outdoors, baking, and I love to travel (Duh…China here we come)! I’ve traveled to Thailand twice to visit a refugee orphanage. A group of students from my school befriended children there, and since then we have continued to foster my community’s relationship with the children. I also spent last summer traveling around Indonesia for six weeks, living with an indigenous jungle tribe, and later in a community of sea people on the ocean—literally on the water. Needless to say I have the travel bug.
Matt Lefebvre: Homeschooled, Grade 11
I’m the leader of my local Boy Scout troop. My main academic interest is real estate. I plan to invest in real estate because it interests me, but also allows me to put a roof over someone’s head, and pursue my dream of traveling the world. I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to visit at least 30 countries by the time I turn 30. Going halfway across the globe is definitely bound to be an interesting and exciting experience. The opportunity to meet other students that have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to help people seems absolutely incredible.
Meng Fei Shen: Robinson High School, Grade 11
I am the Vice President of my school’s Model United Nations club and International Baccalaureate program. I am also the Florida State Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America club and the Publicity chair for my region’s Relay for Life this year. But what I am most proud of is serving as the co-founder and executive director of the Pandeagle Cultural Institute. The Pandeagle Cultural Institute, also known as PCI, is a non-profit organization with the mission of teaching Chinese language and culture to people around my community. It also holds special fundraising events to buy educational resources for impoverished children in China.
Naraya Price: Roy C. Ketcham High School, Grade 9
I play volleyball on two different teams and I absolutely love it. My favorite subject is science and I hope to one day become a surgeon. Besides school and volleyball I take part in student government, my church’s teen group and my school’s Forensics and Debate Society. I’ve never traveled internationally, so visiting China will be a very new and exciting experience.
Sarah Farnsworth: Alta High School, Grade 11
I love English, Art History, painting, photography, playing the piano, and playing volleyball! I traveled to Fiji this past summer, where we built flush toilets with septic tanks in the Nakauwaru village, and this summer I will be going to Ecuador to build a much-needed addition for an orphanage in Cuenca. I would love to one day work for the Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY) or the International Medical Corps.
Sharon Wang: Whitney High School, Grade 10
My classmates call me Sharebear and you can find me almost anywhere with a smile on my face. I like to stay optimistic, enjoy interacting with others, and volunteering for community service projects. My hobbies include playing the piano, preforming/choreographing dance, working as a Taekwondo instructor, and spending time with friends and family. I aspire to make a difference in the world, and I am excited for all this up-and-coming experience.
Sofia Catalina: The Bromfield School, Grade 11
My father is from Spain, but my mother was raised in the United States. Because of this my home life is a mixture of Iberian culture, Spanish language, and American customs. I love playing soccer, reading, spending time with my family, hanging out with my friends, and of course, and traveling. I am passionate about environmental sustainability, and am an active member of my school’s environmental club and the town’s Energy Advisory Committee.
Suzan Bigdeli: Poolesville High School, Grade 11
I’m a student of the Global Ecology Studies program. Through regular field trips and community stewardship activities, my school aims to foster a love for environmental advocacy in its students. Outside of school, I love running, hiking, traveling, pilates, and watching Disney movies. After high school I’m interested in majoring in biology and international relations with a focus on Pre-Med studies. After college I’d love to volunteer with the United Nations or Doctors Without Borders.