It is with great pleasure that the Albany-Tula Alliance judges announce the winners of the 2014 Essay Contest today. In previous years, we chose two students for this honor – this year we have three.
Albany High School students Tarek Atallah Benson and Michael Bangert-Drowns and home schooled Isaac Smith provided thought-provoking, insightful and timely essays on the subject of social media and its impact on society.
The three will be presented certificates at the next ATA board meeting on Thursday, May 8th at 8:15 at the Albany Times Union building. The grand prize, a trip to Moscow and Tula, Russia, will take place this August, 2014. Congratulations to all.
2013 was another incredibly active year for the Alliance. We held the Biennial Olympiad for high school students and sent the two winners, from Guilderland and Tamera high schools to Tula. We hosted visitors from Tolstoy Pedagogical University, held our Songs at Sunset fundraiser, collaborated on a major grant application and forged a new relationship with the Moscow Ballet. Our goals for 2014 aim to be just as ambitious.
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