Student Writing

One World Education believes that students should write to be read, in addition to earning a grade. We select and publish around 1% of the exemplary writing from Student Ambassadors who completed the One World Program in order to model grade-level writing and to create a forum for peer-to-peer learning. Additionally, every student-authored essay is accompanied by a Reflection Experience, which is a series of content and reading comprehension assessments.

Student Ambassador: David Zhang | Ambassador Class: 2010 | Grade: 9
David, a first generation American, writes about the appreciation he has for his status as a citizen of the United States and the responsibility it brings. David relates how his upbringing and family history has shaped his worldview and encouraged him to make the most of his education.
Student Ambassador: Malcolm Berry | Ambassador Class: 2010 | Grade: 11
Malcolm writes about his work as a peer educator devoted to ending the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. By thoughtfully presenting compelling statistics and personal experience, Malcolm focuses attention on an issue of both local and global significance.
Student Ambassador: Liyana Ido | Ambassador Class: 2010 | Grade: 9
Liyana writes about the important traditions that reflect her family's Syrian culture. Through language and food, Liyana connects with both her family and her heritage.
Student Ambassador: Nick Eckenwiler | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 10
Nick writes about diversity in the United States by reflecting on his personal experiences in DC. He observes the unique identity shared by those living in DC, a city that marks the intersection of global and local communities.
Student Ambassador: Melissa Linsao | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 10
Melissa writes about her upbringing as a Filipino-American raised in the United States. A visit to the Philippines gives her a new appreciation for her life and family, but also leaves her wondering where "home" really is.
Student Ambassador: Shaneka Speight | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 10
As a DC native, Shaneka provides a candid look at the issue of youth and gang violence in American cities. She writes about the devastating impact that youth violence can have on teens, families, and neighborhoods. Shaneka's strong voice urges all teens to help to stop the cycle of violence.
Student Ambassador: Victoria Wang | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 11
Victoria writes about the significant economic, environmental, and cultural changes she observed on her last visit to China. Through stories about her Grandfather, Victoria explores the connections between individuals and environment, putting forth a powerful call for international cooperation on an important global issue.
Student Ambassador: Salma Mohamed | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 11
A first generation American, Salma returned to her father’s homeland of Egypt when she was only 9 years old. In her Reflection, she describes modern Egyptian society, the landscape, the people and the educational system that she encountered. Throughout her Reflection, Salma shares the personal significance of her time in Egypt and the value she has come to place on discovering her family ancestry.
Student Ambassador: Josh Weiner | Ambassador Class: 2009 | Grade: 11
In his reflection, Josh teaches us what he learned on a service learning trip in Africa. He describes the very real consequences of living without access to clean and safe water and the brilliant solution that harnesses the power of play to meet the needs of entire communities throughout Sub-Sahara Africa. View Josh's video documentary.
Student Ambassador: Calvin Kennedy | Ambassador Class: 2008 | Grade: 9
Calvin is a teenager living with Cerebral Palsy. What begins as an exciting hike outdoors ends up being an even more important life lesson for Calvin. While he struggles with doubt and fear, in the end it’s Calvin’s inspiring strength and optimism that get him up the mountain.