Each year, in recognition of International Education Week, the registrar’s office at William Woods University conducts a flag-making and essay competition to encourage students to learn about another country.
The contestants were each assigned a specific country represented in the William Woods student body. They were instructed to make a replica of that country’s flag and write an essay on that country. The four judges were faculty and staff from outside the registrar’s office.
“The flags were judged based on creativity, similarity to the country’s current flag, and aesthetic appeal,” Tara Emerson, registrar, said. “The papers were judged on how informative they were, and the ability to keep the reader’s attention.”
The winner of this year’s competition, for the third year in a row, was Kaitlyn Wideman, a junior athletic training major from Russellville, Mo., with her flag and essay on Chile.
In second place was Jessica Love, a freshman American Sign Language major from Fulton, Mo., with her flag and essay on the Dominican Republic.
Amanda Queen, a sophomore social work major from Auxvasse, Mo., was awarded third place for her flag and essay on Spain.
Honorable mention for this year’s contest was sophomore graphic design major, Lauren Rodewald from St. Peters, Mo., with her flag and essay on Russia.
Wideman, who enjoys sewing a flag each year, said, “My favorite part of the flag contest is learning about cultures that are different from our own.”
She added, “There are so many cultures around the world that have different customs, arts and crafts, food, sports and much more. It would be impossible to know the uniqueness of every culture, but it is always nice to learn a little bit about their ways of life.”