Tennessee Global Scholars Recognized

This past year the World Affairs Council launched an education outreach program to recognize high school students who participate in extra-curricular global affairs awareness activities. The “Tennessee Global Scholar Certificate” recognizes individual students who work to prepare themselves for an intensely globalized future.

Students are credited for participation in World Affairs Council programs like Academic WorldQuest, the “What in the World? Weekly Quiz,” and town hall programs held at Belmont and Lipscomb throughout the year highlighting visits of ambassadors and a variety of world affairs topics, as well as other international-focused organizations like Sister Cities of Nashville and programs like Model UN. When a student completes 100 points during a school year, they receive recognition as a “Tennessee Global Scholar,” are awarded a certificate and medallion, and can reference the accomplishment on future resumes and academic program applications.

Last Thursday, the World Affairs Council recognized four area students who qualified as the 2017 Tennessee Global Scholars.

  • Olivia Connor from Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet High School in Nashville participated in the Model United Nations; hosted an international exchange student, served on the Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) Youth Advisory Board, gave SCN presentations and volunteered at SCN events.
  • Amanda Boeing from John Overton Comprehensive High School in Nashville competed on the school’s Academic WorldQuest team, regularly completed the TNWAC “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz, and participated in the Overton HS Model United Nations.
  • Kate Cunningham from Brentwood High School in Brentwood completed numerous Sister Cities of Nashville activities including: hosting an international exchange student, volunteering at SCN events and serving on the SCN Youth Advisory Board. She also regularly completed the TNWAC “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz.
  • Grace McKennon from Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville hosted an international exchange student, served on the SCN Student Advisory Board and volunteered at SCN events. Grace also participated in the Hume-Fogg Model United Nations.

2017 Tennessee Global Scholars Certificates were presented to the inaugural recipients on May 4, 2017. (L-R) Professor Marieta Velikova, Sister Cities Board Member and TNWAC Advisory Board Member, Amanda Boeing, Olivia Connor, Kate Cunningham and TNWAC President Patrick Ryan. Global Scholar Grace McKennon not shown. 


The World Affairs Council congratulates Olivia, Amanda, Kate and Grace on this achievement and thanks those teachers, coaches, program administrators and Sister Cities of Nashville Executive Director Heather Cochran Cunningham, who made the opportunities available to them.  Well done!

The 2017-2018 Tennessee Global Scholars program cycle started April 15th. Students can now earn credit toward next year’s certificate program.  Check the link for details.  Teachers and program managers are encouraged to contact the World Affairs Council for information on bringing the world to your students.  Contact info.

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