“Abdelkader left a trail worth following. Now, in this world of hate and hostility, the Emir’s legacy becomes even more vital to our global society,” commented Rebecca Alcock of Decorah, Iowa. “His legacy represents more than just a man who kept his promise; it illustrates a life of serving people for their betterment.”
Being first to be honored in two categories, Alcock placed first in the Iowa High School contest and second in the U.S. High School contest. Her awards were $1,000 and $500, respectively.
Two other high school students received scholarship prizes. Michael Keen of Bethesda, Maryland, won the $1,000 first place prize at the U.S. High School level. At the Iowa High School level, Michael Banwarth of Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque received the $500 second place prize.