Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Record Entries for University of Illinois EU Center Essay Contest

February 28, 2012
Record Entries for University of Illinois EU Center Essay Contest

This year 27 high school students from across the United States participated in an essay contest
sponsored by the University of Illinois EU Center. This annual event is an opportunity for
high-achieving high school students to showcase their knowledge on EU-US relations. This
year’s topic was “The United States and the European Union: Seeking Sustainable and Secure
Connections in Food, Energy & Governance,” which also serves as the theme for the EU
Center’s Summer Study Tour for K-12 educators and local officials.

The EU Center received a record number of entries from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Arizona,
Virginia and Michigan. High school teachers covering a range of subjects—including French,
Spanish, History, Environmental Science, English, Geography, Computer Literacy, and
Government & Politics—supervised students’ participation in the contest.

The annual essay contest is one way the EU Center promotes learning and curriculum building
on the European Union. A second is the Center’s annual summer study tour with educators,
elected officials and journalists. The European Commission’s Getting to Know Europe Grant
funds this year’s Study Tour and the anticipated trip dates are June 23-30. 8-9 Illinois educators
will be a part of the study tour, with one of those spots reserved for the respective teacher of the
first place student from the essay contest.

The EU Center congratulates the following students selected by a review panel as the winners:

First place: Anya Marchenko, Naperville Central High School, for her essay The
Other Side of the Pond. Anya earned a $500 cash prize and her teacher, Ignacio
Gamboa, will participate in the EUC's Summer 2012 Study Tour this June.

Second place: Lara Orlandic, University Laboratory High School (Urbana, IL)
for her essay Accessibility vs. Advancement: The Differences in Healthcare and
Education between the United States and the European Union. Lara earned a
$250 cash prize.

Third place: Thomas Hassiepen, Peoria Notre Dame High School for his essay
Common Problems Create Common Solutions. Thomas earned a $150 cash prize.

The winning essays can be found on the EU Center’s website at http://www.euc.illinois.edu/essaycontest2011/. The winning students, their families and teachers have been invited to the EU Center’s EU Day Luncheon on March 29, 2012, where an award ceremony will be held.

The annual EU Day (this year held on March 29) is the EU Center’s signature event.
EU Ambassador to the US, His Excellency João Vale de Almeida, will be delivering the
keynote “State of the European Union” address. The Ambassador’s 10:00 am address will be
held at the University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana,
IL) and is open to the public.

The EU Center is always looking to connect with more K-12 schools and educators and the
center invites your school and students to participate in future events. Please check the EU
Center website http://www.euc.illinois.edu this coming fall for details on the 2012 Essay
Contest.

Contact: University of Illinois European Union Center, eucenter@illinois.edu
328 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: (217) 265-7515

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