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EP Sixth Graders Write Prize-Winning Essays on Leadership

EP student essay winners EP sixth graders Stephen Kerrin Jr., Enrique Tellado and Nathanael Barlow received the top prizes in a global citizenship essay writing contest focused on leadership. Dr. Aaron Bruce, vice president and chief diversity officer at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasedena, Calif., and founder and CEO of the organization I Keep It Global, spoke with a group of sixth graders earlier in the school year and tasked them to write the leadership-themed essays.

The students received monetary awards of $500, $200 and $100, respectively, along with their certificates. Kerrin’s essay focused on being globally competitive and leading on the world stage. Tellado concentrated his essay on how to become a leader and better person. Barlow focused on how leaders can inspire others to lead and become globally educated.

Founded in 2011 to increase the numbers of historically underrepresented students in study abroad, I Keep it Global works with young people across the country to raise awareness about the importance of global leadership, study abroad and international understanding.