Student Essay Contest Deadline April 19

To encourage interest in international affairs and global studies, the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is pleased to present an essay contest for local high school students.

Winners will receive awards of $150.

Participants should write a 350 –400-word essay addressing the one of the following topics:

  • Does social media influence the world for better or worse, or both?
  • What would you do to improve our world if elected to lead a free nation?
  • What is the most important fundamental human right?
  • What, if any, are the responsibilities of superpowers to the world at large?
  • How can we create worldwide demand for peace?
  • What steps should we take to stop climate change? Why will the world take your advice?

This contest is open to all students in their teens in local and regional schools in the Monterey Bay area.

Essays must be submitted no later than Monday, April 19, 2021.

Submissions and questions should be sent to Michelle Amirkhanian at nonprofiteducationdiscovery@gmail.com

Special Events

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

On Wednesday, March 3, from 12:30-1:30, as part of the Worldviews 2021 lecture series, Professors Netta Avineri and Mahabat Baimyrzaeva will speak on “Covid-19 as a Prism to Re-examine the Past and Imagine the Future.”

On Tuesday, March 9, from 12:30-1:30, Dr. Christina Kwauk will deliver the MIIS Tyler Visiting Fellow Talk on “Leveraging Girls’ Education for a New Green Learning Agenda.”

To register, click here to go the MIIS Events webpage.

High School Essay Contest Results

In March of 2020, The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area announced an essay contest for local high school students. Participants wrote a 350 – 400 word essay addressing the following topic: If you could change something in current world affairs, what would it be? Why should it be changed and how would you change it? Each of the winners listed below will receive an award of $150.

Jasmine Agha

Junior, York School

Fear and Hopelessness in the Unknown

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

Jane Hoffman

Junior, Santa Catalina School

Confronting the Climate Crisis

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

CJ Hunt

Sophomore, Seaside High School

The Problem of Capitalism

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

Angelia Shi

Junior, Santa Catalina School

Our Future — A Religious Melting Pot

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

High School Essay Contest

To encourage interest in international affairs and global studies, the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is pleased to announce a new essay contest for local high school students. Winners will receive awards of $150.

Participants should write a 350 – 400 word essay addressing the following topic:

If you could change something in
current world affairs,
what would it be?

Why should it be changed,
and how would you change it?

This contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in local schools.

The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2020.

Submissions and questions should be sent to Michelle Amirkhanian at nonprofiteducationdiscovery@gmail.com


The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization.

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