Students Celebrate Diversity in the Annual Flag-Making Competition

Every year, the registrar’s office at William Woods
University holds a flag-making and essay competition to give students a chance
to learn about another country.

The contestants are each assigned a specific country
currently represented in the William Woods student body. They are instructed to
make a replica of that country’s flag and write an essay on that country. 
The winner of this year’s competition, for the second year in
a row, was Kaitlyn Wideman, a sophomore athletic training major from
Russelville, Mo., with her flag and essay for Ghana.
In second place was Kacey Scharnhorst, a sophomore
mathematics major from St. Peters, Mo., with her flag and essay for Zimbabwe. Jennifer
Boudreau, a senior elementary education major from Jefferson City, Mo., was
awarded third place for her flag and essay for Taiwan.
Wideman says that she enjoyed participating in the
competition this year and last and plans to participate again. While others
paint their flags, she sews the flag herself, which she says is her favorite
part of the competition.
“I think it is a great idea to encourage the students to
learn of other cultures and ways of people in other countries,” said Wideman,
“It also lets you know how lucky we are to be a part of this country.”