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National High School Essay Contest: Republic of Azerbaijan


 

National High School Essay Contest

Republic of Azerbaijan

 

The National High School Essay Contest on the Republic of Azerbaijan in partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for the 2011-2012 year brought ten student winners on a two week Study Tour of Azerbaijan in June 2012. The program was open to all World Affairs Councils and high school students.

Click here to watch a short video made by Eric Yang, from the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, about his experience on the trip.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the Study Tour.

Azerbaijan was a country category for this year's Academic WorldQuest National CompetitionParticipating World Affairs Councils were responsible for selecting and awarding the top three essays in their region.

The Councils sent the top three essays in their region to the National Office. From this pool of top winning essays from participating councils, the National Office will then select the top 10 National winners.

 

Partipating Councils

 

Top Ten Essays:

 

The Top Ten Winners and invited participants in the Azerbaijan Study Tour are as follows in alphabetical order:

Adam DePaz: World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie Day School

Thomas Estabrook: World Affairs Council West Central Illinois, Jacksonville High School

Dylan Hardenbergh: Alaska World Affairs Council, South High School

Natasha Laramie: World Affairs Council - Washington D.C., Dominion High School

Matthew Miller: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Germantown Academy

Camille Sanches: World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Madeline Sposato: Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Peoria Notre Dame High School

Nicolas Tuccillo: World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Canton High School

James Yan: WorldBoston, Weston High School

Eric Yang: World Affairs Council of Dallas/FortWorth, The Colony High School

 

Regional Finalists:


Regional First Place:

Joe Barton: Dayton Council on World Affairs, Kettering Fairmont High School

Sean Colin-Ellerin: Santa Fe Council on International Affairs, Desert Academy

Clay Coode: World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond, North Side High School

Adam DePaz: World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie Day School

Yunis Dhalai: Detroit Council for World Affairs, Universal Academy

Peter Doenges: Minnesota International Center, Chaska High School

Kathryn Donahoo: World Affairs Council of Houston, The John Cooper School 

Ashley Dunn: World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Communications Arts High School

Thomas Estabrook: World Affairs Council West Central Illinois, Jacksonville High School

Anthony Fratto Oyler: Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, Judge Memorial Catholic High School

Julia Gabriel: World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Academy

Kevin Grout: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, St. Henry’s District High School

Katie Hamel: World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Kent Innovation High

Dylan Hardenbergh: Alaska World Affairs Council, South High School

Corrine Hutfilz: World Affairs Council of Oregon, Reynolds High School

Ashley Inman: Naples Council on World Affairs, Gulf Coast High School

Ryan Johnson: Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council, Standley Lake High School

Natasha Laramie: World Affairs Council - Washington D.C., Dominion High School

Nicky Manlove: Montana World Affairs Council, Sentinel High School

Matthew Miller: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Germantown Academy

Danielle Moreau: International Affairs Council           

Muhammad Talha Quadri: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Roosevelt High School

Camille Sanches: World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Zoe Serratelli: World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, Cape Henry Collegiate School

Trenton Smith: World Affairs Council of the Desert, Desert Christian Academy

Valerie Snaman: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Moon Area High School

Eric Song: World Affairs Forum, Newtown High School

Madeline Sposato: Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Peoria Notre Dame High School

Nicolas Tuccillo: World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Canton High School

Emma Wernecke: World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Starr's Mill High School

James Yan: WorldBoston, Weston High School

Eric Yang: World Affairs Council of Dallas/FortWorth,, The Colony HS

Jackson Yellen: World Affairs Council of Orange County            

 

Regional Second Place:

Ethan Arsht: Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, Rowland HallSt. Marks School

Cale Clingenpeel: Alaska World Affairs Council, South High School

Soham Shah: Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council, Standley Lake High School

Najah Hamka: Detroit Council for World Affairs , International Star Academy

Jackson Smith: Montana World Affairs Council, Sentinel High School

Max Bressler: Naples Council on World Affairs, Community School of Naples,

Muhammad Saifullah Quadri: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Roosevelt High School

Sarah Isenberg: Santa Fe Council on International Affairs, Santa Fe High School

Otito Greg-Obi: World Affairs Council - Washington D.C., Georgetown Visitation

Anne Rentz: World Affairs Council of Atlanta , Starr's Mill High School

Pompeo Mazzella: World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Branford High School

Hannah Treasure: World Affairs Council of Dallas/FortWorth, Flower Mound HS

Tiana Bailey: World Affairs Council of the Greater Hampton Roads           

McLain Faett: World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond, Douglas Freeman High School

Michelle Raji: World Affairs Council of Houston, Clear Creek High School

David Ferguson: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, St. Henry’s District High School

Nicholas Winner: World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, Advanced Technologies Academy

Sam Dreyer: World Affairs Council of Orange County, Campbell Hall School

Gillian Downey: World Affairs Council of Oregon Tualatin High School

Miller Schulman: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Garret Hinck: World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Keystone School

Matthew Meyer: World Affairs Council of the Desert, Desert Hot Springs

Matthew Stapylton: World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie Day School

 

Regional Third Place:

Carolyn Anderson: World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Starr's Mill High School

Donald Chaney: World Affairs Council - Washington D.C., Potomac Falls HS

Austin Dumas: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, St. Henry’s District High School

Malaika Guardian: World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, Del Sol High School

Areeba Haider: Detroit Council for World Affairs, International Star Academy

Joseph ,Kline: World Affairs Council of Dallas/FortWorth, Lamar HS

Evan Koch: Montana World Affairs Council, Bridger High School

Paris Mitton: Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council, Standley Lake High School

Manisha Palla: World Affairs Council of Oregon, Tualatin High School

Melony Sarno: World Affairs Council of the Greater Hampton Roads

Nicholas Paraiso: World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond, Douglas Freeman High School

Skyler Samuels: World Affairs Council of Orange County           

Curtis Sicks: Alaska World Affairs Council, West High School

Srinath Soundararajan: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy

Greg Steinhelper: World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Keystone School

 

About Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan is a country at the nexus point of the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Historically, the country has always been a middleman for the East and West-- in ancient and medieval times it was a central point along the Silk Road and today its strategic placement keeps it a focal point for commercial and energy policies and regional and global geopolitics. The World Affairs Councils of America conducted a Leadership Mission to Azerbaijan in spring 2011. 
 
Essay Topic

The Essay Topic is the following:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has planned an official visit to Azerbaijan. You are Secretary Clinton's Foreign Policy Advisor responsible for Azerbaijan and have been tasked to write the briefing materials for her trip. The briefing materials can be no longer than 1000 words maximum.  The materials must be succinct and to the point.  They must include:

  1. An assessment of whether/how the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic of 1918-1920 influences Azerbaijan today in terms of democracy, rights of women, and foreign policy;
  2. A discussion of how Azerbaijan's geographic location has influenced the country's security and economic policies;
  3. An explanation of where the strategic interests of the U.S. and Azerbaijan converge and diverge;  
  4. A summary of perspectives for extending Azerbaijan's geopolitical influence beyond the South Caucasus in light of its leading regional position and its socio-economic development; and
  5. The top 3 most important issues in US-Azeri relations and your recommendations for US policy on the trip.

 

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