Winners of the 2012 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Ethics for a Connected World"

Feb 22, 2013

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is delighted to announce the winners of its 2012 international student/teacher essay competition, “Ethics for a Connected World.”

The essay question was:

In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge or dilemma facing the planet?

This year the judges decided to award equal prizes to all the best essays in each category.

And the winners are . . . HIGH SCHOOL Anjana Aravind, age 18, The Village International School, Kerala, India Click here to read this essay

Jae Woo Jang, age 16, International School Manila, Manila, Philippines Click here to read this essay

Jacob Lagerros, age 17, Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden Click here to read this essay

Joshua Thomas, age 17, Blue Valley High School, Leawood, Kansas, USA Click here to read this essay UNDERGRADUATE Catherine Pushpam Joseph, age 19, and Sandhya Bhat, age 19 (joint essay), Indian Law Society's Law College, Pune, India Click here to read this essay

Xinle Su, age 19, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan Click here to read this essay

Juinn-Ren "Andrew" Wang, age 21, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA Click here to read this essay

POST-GRADUATES AND TEACHERS Ilari Aula, MSc. candidate, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland Click here to read this essay

John Dever, teacher, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine, USA Click here to read this essay

Madueke Michael-Francis Nezie, student, Strategic Business School, Lagos, Nigeria Click here to read this essay

Laura J. Rediehs, associate professor, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, USA Click here to read this essay

HONORABLE MENTIONS HIGH SCHOOL: Magdalene Beck, Nicolet High School; Yeonwoo Koo, Seoul Global High School; Edward Li, Stuyvesant High School; Christine Mulles, Bishop Verot Catholic High School; Trevin Wisaksana, Pelita Harapan International School Lippo Cikarang

UNDERGRADUATE: Jake Lazzo, University of Kansas

JOINT ESSAY, UNDERGRADUATE AND TEACHER: Joseph Kisbye and Eric Godoy, Pratt Institute

POST-GRADUATES AND TEACHERS: Michael Angelo V. Liwanag, International Christian University; Marcy Nicks Moody, Vanderbilt University Law School

The co-winners receive Amazon gift cards, a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader, and a Carnegie Council winner’s certificate. Honorable Mentions receive a Carnegie Council certificate and a small token of our appreciation.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted an essay. They made for fascinating reading and certain common themes emerged. The most popular were: environmental degradation and sustainability issues; climate change; tribalism, racism, and xenophobia; poverty and hunger; loss of religious morality; and selfishness/greed.

In total we received 211 entries from 26 countries (plus some foreign nationals living in the U.S.). The youngest contestants were 14 and the oldest was 50.

Here is the country list in alphabetical order:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.

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