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S.H.H.S. Student Wins Scholarship and Trip to Washington

Heather Poechman, a fifth year student at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton, just returned from a five day all expenses paid trip to Washington from April 8th-12th . She placed eighth in the Gulen Institute Youth Platform sponsored by the University of Houston. The committee received over 500 essays from 40countries and 30 states within the U.S. Four Canadians placed in the top thirty spots.

Poechman wrote an essay on the topic “How does migration affect national unity? How important is cultural unity?” . Winners were flown to Washington, D.C. for the April 10thAwards Ceremony. Besides the $300.00 scholarship prize, Poechman’s flight,accommodation, meals, transportation, tours and ceremonies were included as part of her award.

Heather’s mother, Jan, accompanied her on the trip. They did lots of shopping while in the nation’s capital, they went on walking tours, visited museums andparticipated in group discussions about immigration.

When asked about her experience, Poechman explained, “I really encourage everyone to go out and apply for this award. Despite the competition from around the world, I was able to simply write an essay between 1,500 and 2,000 words and it was absolutely worth it. I now have friends to visit in places such as Burkina Faso, Romania and Thailand which gives me such a wonderful feeling.”

Heather Poechman
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Due to the absence of the Canadian ambassador, Hakan Yagci who is associated with the University of Houston, presents the award to Heather Poechman.

SusanSakal
Communications'Area Chairperson
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