William Woods University students recently explored a creative opportunity to learn about other countries. They participated in a flag and essay contest as part of International Education Week.
Participants were assigned a country currently represented by the William Woods student body. They were instructed to create the country’s flag, as well as produce an essay about an interesting topic relating to the country.
Valarie Herman of Jefferson City, Mo., was awarded first place and a $30 gift card for her flag and essay on Bulgaria. Kayla Dildine of Foley, Mo., and Alicia Jones of Waverly, Mo., were recognized as second place winners for their flags and essays representing Australia and Kenya, and each received a $20 gift card. Third place was awarded to Kierra McCartney of Columbia, Mo., who received a shirt from the WWU Logo Store for her flag and essay on Colombia.
According to , WWU registrar and co-sponsor of the contest, the overall goal of the project was for students to enjoy themselves and, in the process, learn something about another country. She added that many of the participants said they learned a lot from the experience.
The flags, along with their essays, are on display on the first floor of the Academic Building as part of International Education Week.
Deierling commented that International Education Week is a great way “to recognize our international student population and try to gain from the diversity they bring to campus.”
International Education Week is joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
William Woods has participated in International Education Week in some way the past six years. This is the second year WWU has held the flag contest.
Winning flags representing (top, left to right) Bulgaria and Australia and (bottom) Kenya and Colombia are on display in William Woods University’s Academic Building, along with other entries for International Education Week.