Little Rock, Ark. (Feb. 18, 2010) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center announces the winners of the "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition."
Students were asked to write a 500-word (or less) essay and addressed the following questions: Imagine you are a U.S. diplomat. In what foreign country would you hope to serve? What are the most pressing issues in that country and how would you address them?
"Read My Pins" Essay Contest winners:
1. Jill Haney, Lutheran High School (12th grade)
2. Sylene Cortez, Mt. Saint Mary (12th grade)
3. Shannon McKinney, Har-ber High School (12th grade)
Olivia Gardner, Mt. Saint Mary (12th grade)
Emily Schaal, Har-ber High School (12th grade)
Lindsey Fowler, Arkadelphia High School (12th grade)
Sophia Waller, Haas Hall Academy (10th grade)
All students who entered the contest were invited to participate in a special program at the Clinton Center with former Secretary of State Albright on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. The top three winners served on a panel and asked Secretary Albright several questions about current events and her exhibit, "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection," during the 45 minute program.
Additionally, all essay contest participants will be treated to another exceptional program on April 8, 2010, with Laura Bowen Wills, who currently serves in the Office of the United States Chief of Protocol, U.S. State Department. Wills will lead a workshop on Presidential Protocol, which will culminate on the evening of April 8, with a "Dinner for Future Diplomats," a recreation of a White House Dinner.
Winning essays were selected by a panel of judges comprised of educators, representatives from the
Arkansas Department of Education and a student from the Clinton School of Public Service. Essays were judged based on grammar, style and content.
"Through their essay submissions, students tackled diverse and complex issues with insightful solutions," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Foundation. "President Clinton envisioned his Presidential Center to be a place for people of all ages to participate in outstanding educational and cultural programs. We are so honored that Secretary Albright was able to speak with these students about their essays and how her pins played a role in diplomacy."
The essay contest was created to commemorate the Center's newest temporary exhibit, "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection." The exhibit opened on President's Day, Feb. 15, 2010, and runs through June 1, 2010.
"Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" features more than 200 pins many of which many of which became part of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's personal diplomatic arsenal. The exhibit examines the expressive power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language of its own. "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition book by St. John Knits.