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AFSA Essay Contest Winner Awarded Scholarship with Semester at Sea

Dr. Gary Ransdell, President of the Shipboard Education (left) with Wilson and his family at the award ceremony in Washington.

The Institute of Shipboard Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest, Wilson King from Shepaug High School in Connecticut, will receive a full-ride scholarship to an upcoming Semester at Sea voyage.

Wilson’s essay, “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” was selected from over 600 submissions from 41 states and five different countries. Next fall, Wilson will attend the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to a Semester at Sea voyage, Wilson also received a trip to Washington D.C. to meet the U.S. Secretary of State, and a cash prize.

The American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest, now in its 21st year, encourages students to think critically about topics of global significance in order to inspire and empower the next generation of diplomats and foreign policy professionals.

Read more about the partnership between AFSA and Semester at Sea here.

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