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Experiment in International Living to Host Essay Competition for MCSD Students

MONROE COUNTY HONORS A NEW RECORD IN STUDY ABROAD  & ANNOUNCES THIRD YEAR OF ESSAY COMPETITION

“On November 4th, we will hear from the 39 students who traveled abroad from Monroe County, Florida with The Experiment in International Living to participate in our international crosscultural programs this past summer 2018. With 39 students, Monroe County had the highest number of students participating than any other county in the U.S., outside of the New York City metro area,” Dr. Aaron Morehouse, Executive Director, announced. “These students traveled to 18 different countries and 22 different programs, and we will meet them at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort Hotel in Key West for our Welcome Back event on the 4th.”

Heather Beard, Director of Admissions explained, “At our Welcome Back on November 4th these students and their family members will have the opportunity to connect with each other, tell their stories, and share photos. We’ll also talk about integrating their unique experiences abroad into their daily lives, and how to translate a summer abroad into college preparations, including college essays.”

“Twenty-three of the 39 enrolled students received partial merit-based scholarships through The Experiment’s exclusive Global Leaders Essay Contest. Fourteen other students participate in Monroe County’s Take Stock in Children program. Additionally, two other Monroe County students participated in our Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes program this summer,” Morehouse said.

“We are excited to announce our third year of the Monroe County Global Leaders Essay Contest for summer 2019. We will again offer 50 percent off program tuition for up 35 students. Interested students or parents should contact me directly at 802-258-3412 or at heather.beard@experiment.org,” Beard said.

“The Experiment actively recruits students from Monroe County, Florida, and we will give presentations at Key West High School, Marathon High School, and Coral Shores High School November 5-7th to promote the essay contest for summer 2019,” Beard said.

The 39 students who participated last summer are from three high schools:

Coral Shores High School:

*Tara Amador, Grade 11, Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors Cresaria Del Pino, Grade 11, The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Dutch Culture Natalie Dixon, Grade 11, Thailand: Buddhist Traditions & Thai Culture Cara Erickson, Grade 11, Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes Peyton Kerry, Grade 11, Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands & the Andes Zybo Marchetti, Grade 11, Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, & Sustainability Shannon McCormick, Grade 11, Vietnam: Ecology & Conservation Rachel Medina, Grade 11, Spain: Language & Culture Hailey Pacyna, Grade 11, France: French Language & Culinary Training Valente Reynoso-Heaton, Grade 11, Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure *Berkley Wolgamott, Grade 11, Japan: Japanimation | Anime & Manga Alison Woltanski, Grade 9, Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes

Key West High School:

Weedmide Alexandre, Grade 11, Morocco: Multiculturalism in North Africa *Ciara Barrett, Grade 10, Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes Meghan Barter, Grade 11, South Africa: Leadership & Social Change *Aneisy Betancourt-Marrero, Grade 11, Brazil: Soccer & Social Change Nicolas Concepcion, Grade 9, Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors *Daniel Davila, Grade 10, Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes *Jefflyne Desilme, Grade 11, Vietnam: Ecology & Conservation *Eileen Ellington, Grade 10, The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Dutch Culture *Madilyn Flores, Grade 10, Japan: Japanese Language & Culture Daniel Gvili, Grade 10, Spain: Language & Culture Margaret Iarrobino, Grade 10, Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, & Sustainability Erik Jutte, Grade 10, Italy: Italian Language & Food Culture Sydney MacDougall, Grade 10, Thailand: Buddhist Traditions & Thai Culture *Jessica Nitti, Grade 9, Spain: Regional Cultures Marionica Noel, Grade 11, India: Health Care & Traditional Medicine *Adreanna Otero, Grade 11, Spain: Language & Culture *Harrison Simmons, Grade 10, United Kingdom: Journalism & Contemporary Media Savannah Smith, Grade 10, Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure *Linsey Wilkins, Grade 10, Germany: International Relations & The E.U. Sarah Valdez, Grade 9, France: Fine Arts & Photography

Marathon High School:

Aydan Child, Grade 11, Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, & Sustainability Coral Purcell, Grade 9, Japan: Japanese Language & Culture Taquoia Walker, Grade 11, France: Regional Cultures Charles Williams Lopez, Grade 11, Japan: Japanimation | Anime & Manga *Hannah Ziels, Grade 11, South Africa: Leadership & Social Change
The Experiment received 450 submissions to the County Global Leaders Essay Contest. Of the 37 travelers, 13 students (noted with an asterisk above) submitted one of the top 30 essays to the Global Leaders Essay Contest and received certificates of recognition for their winning essays.
The following additional 17 finalists of the Global Leaders Essay Contest submitted one of the top 30 essays, and received certificates of recognition, but did not travel last summer:
Coral Shores High School

Alexandra De Toro, Grade 11 Dan Garcia, Grade 11 April Klein, Grade 10 David Ruano, Grade 11

Key West Collegiate Academy

Sarah Szimanski, Grade 10

Key West High School

Cora Baxter, Grade 9 Yurisleidy Concepcion, Grade 10 Mercedes Da Silva, Grade 10 Jillian Duclo, Grade 10 Leislany Garcia-Montero, Grade 10 Shirina Kamilova, Grade 9 Divya Navani, Grade 10 Sofiya Ogorodnychuk, Grade 10 Jake Perez, Grade 10 Andreya Ramos, Grade 10 Gabriel Rodriguez, Grade 10