2018 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize – ESSAY WINNERS

 
 
“Writing and researching about Emir Abdelkader has fundamentally altered the way I look at the world. I’ve learned the value of compassion and acceptance.”
ANIMESH JOSHI
1ST PLACE, HIGH SCHOOL
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA

“Abd El Kader taught us that even if someone does not share the same beliefs, origin, religion, language or homeland as you, they are still worth fighting for.”
SHAWDI SANI
2nd PLACE, HIGH SCHOOL
CANYON CREST ACADEMY
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

“We cannot have him physically with us, educating and changing how we view the Middle East and Muslims, but we can, simply by knowing about him, begin to shape our worldview in profound ways.”
MICHELLE PEREZ
1ST PLACE, COLLEGE
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

“The overall impression his story had on me is to actively pursue knowledge, respect all people and make attempts to truly understand those whom you interact with.”
JAKE VIRGILI
2ND PLACE, COLLEGE
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY