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: 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.
Student Ambassador: Talia Harris | Ambassador Class: 2008 | Grade: 12
Talia writes about her life-changing experience living with a Mexican host family during the summer before her Senior year. As she discovers new people and a new culture, she realizes that she might be learning even more about her own personal and cultural identity. Talia’s insights on race and privilege, offer a unique window into culture and global issues.
Student Ambassador: Anna Fagin | Ambassador Class: 2008 | Grade: 12
Eleventh grader Anna read a lot about France and what her summer living abroad would be like. Over the course of the summer, Anna struggles with how her expectations differ from her actual experiences. Ultimately, lessons about perception and expectations are just a small part of her summer exploring "The Other France."
Student Ambassador: Isabel Nampakwa Kapotwe | Ambassador Class: 2008 | Grade: 10
Isabel, a 10th grade student from Lusaka, Zambia reflects on the beauty and culture of her African homeland as well as the challenges and misconceptions facing her nation and generation of teenagers.