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Published:May 27th, 2011 10:11 EST
2011 Doors to Diplomacy Competition Honors New Jersey, Shanghai and South Dakota

2011 Doors to Diplomacy Competition Honors New Jersey, Shanghai and South Dakota

By Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres (Mentor)

The Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of two winning websites for its 2011 Doors to Diplomacy Award, which is co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet. The awards recognize the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants, ranging in age from 11 to 18, included 341student teams from 30 countries.

The winning sites are:

International Adoptions and Diplomacy,    This site was built by a team from Shanghai Community International School in Shanghai, China. Their web project shows how adoptions between different countries can help to strengthen the diplomatic bonds between    them.
Cultural Diplomacy with the Muslim World,    This site, built by a team from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School    North in Plainsboro, New Jersey, explores the role that culture plays in international diplomacy.

Each student member of the two winning Doors to Diplomacy Award teamswill receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winning coacheswill each receive a $500 cash award. Judging was performed by student peers and educational professionals, with the final selections made by a team of Department of State judges from the Bureaus of Public Affairsand Educational and Cultural Affairs. The winning sites will be linked from the Department of State`s youth site at

Special recognition goes to team coaches Russell Townsend and April Ross, teachers from Sioux Falls New Technology High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who coached 25 of the teams in their first-time participation in the contest. They`ll receive an award of $1,000 for their exceptional effort to involve so many students in Doors to Diplomacy.

Global School Net,,is a non-profit, Internet-based education program. The Doors to Diplomacy Award was specially created for CyberFair, a contest that encourages students and educators to join together to build high-quality, educational websites on a variety of topics. These website entries will be available on the web as learning tools to millions of people around the globe.

Further detail on the Doors to Diplomacy projects is at