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2018 Scholarship Winners

ACIS congratulates the following winners in the 2018 Scholarship Contest, along with all the creative writers and artists who entered the competition. Thank you for your submissions!


Grand Prize, High School - $1,000 Scholarship
A Taste of the World by Leena Ettachfini, CO

"This piece demonstrates how cultures around the world impact my life everyday. I express how my Moroccan origins shape who I am, how products from across the globe influence my life, and how different cultures impact my learning." -Leena

Runner-Up, High School - $500 Scholarship
The Beauty of Differences by Jamey Guzman, CA

"Attending a diverse high school brings the differences in our world into my everyday experiences. In my piece, I explore a long-held tradition of my school and reflect on the impact diversity has made in my life." -Jamey

Grand Prize, Middle School - $1,000 Scholarship
What I Call Home by Natsuka Hayashida, MA

"My piece is about how I first realized how diverse my community is. I learned how we share multiple cultures and languages through connections." -Natsuka

Runner-Up, Middle School - $500 Scholarship
Hell on Earth by Charlotte Barron, TN

"My piece reflects how the normally stressful airport environment leads to the job found in traveling. The World in your World aspect relates to how the details of said airport corresponds with the excitement they create." -Charlotte


My Passions, My World by Emma Christopher

Grand Prize, High School - $1,000 Scholarship

My Passions, My World by Emma Christopher, MA

"All of the parts in this piece tie together to make the world in my world.The soccer ball, music, the small red building (Rock Port's Motif #1), and the ocean represent my passions and my world. I will be visiting St. Stephens Cathedral with my music program. I hope to visit Australia to experience its amazing ocean life." -Emma
An Immigrant's Journey by Joshua Carson

Runner-Up, High School - $500 Scholarship
An Immigrant's Journey by Joshua Carson, FL

Artwork Description


Frosted Sun by Beatrice Alvares

Grand Prize, High School - $1,000 Scholarship
Frosted Sun by Beatrice Alvares, IL

"In the world we live in today, we're surrounded by calamity. The one thing that stays constant, is the sun and the moon. This concept was around before any life form existed. I find this to be my threshold of peace. It is one thing we experience daily without stopping and taking a second to realize it, that's natural. This photo is a representation of that peace. It is something I captured while watching the sunrise at 7 AM, on the lake shore in the bitter cold, where the lake was frozen over and the branches were coated in frosty ice." -Beatrice
Roots on Walls by Hanna Noughani

Runner-Up, High School - $500 Scholarship
Roots on Walls by Hanna Noughani, WI
 "I wake up every morning to glass slippers and a photo of my late grandfather. My parents both emigrated Iran, but they did not leave their culture behind. The slipper turns away the evil eye, and my grandfather reminds me of compassion and love. I am from a small town in Wisconsin, but their objects preserve my roots and reminds me of what is important in life." -Hanna

Artwork (Middle School Only)

Diversity in My Eye by Paola Navarro
Grand Prize, Middle School - $1,000 Scholarship
Diversity in My Eye by Paola Navarro Diaz, TX

"My piece relates to the theme The World in Your World by creating an image on how I wish to view the world and its many diversities." -Paola

Word World by Jaila Dobie

Runner-Up, Middle School - $500 Scholarship
Word World by Jaila Dobie, TX