A group of Gwinnett County Public Schools students and their teachers will learn about global issues firsthand while visiting the other side of the world.
The Trickum Middle, Twin Rivers Middle, Berkmar High and Grayson High students have the opportunity to travel to Turkey this summer after participating in the Istanbul Center's Art & Essay Contest.
The annual competition offers Georgia middle and high school students and their teachers the opportunity to gain understanding of the world and global issues.
The winning Gwinnett students and their teachers are:
Melissa Kuester, Trickum Middle School, and language arts teacher Cathy Alexander first place on middle school essay contest
Olivia Stehr, Trickum Middle School, and language arts teacher Kim Benefield second place on middle school essay contest
Faiza Hoque, Berkmar High School, and fine arts teacher Anna Laura Baldree, fine arts second place on high school art contest
Adam Elyas Azizi, Twin Rivers Middle, and language arts teacher Lynda Neal third place on middle school essay contest
Kylie Brown, Grayson High Technical Education Program, and photography teacher Carisa Griffin third place on high school art contest (Kylie attends Grayson High but participated in the contest while taking photography classes through the Grayson High Technical Education Program)
Using the "Who's My Neighbor?" theme, middle and high school students created an original piece of art or wrote an essay.
As first-place winners, students win an all-expense-paid trip to Turkey where they will visit historic, cultural and natural sites. They also will visit the Turkish Ministry of Education, as well as other educational institutions.
Students who placed second and third place also may take part in the educational adventure providing their own airfare. In addition to the trip to Turkey, students and teachers also receive a gift card.
Seven other Gwinnett students also placed among the top 10.
Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.