Global Scholars

York School believes the world our students inhabit will need global leaders and problem-solvers, ready to approach challenges from multiple perspectives with a cross-cultural fluency.
Each year, we recognize Distinguished Global Scholars - students who have taken extensive course work in World Languages and Global Studies and have been actively engaged in globally themed extracurriculars. These students have also taken the opportunity to study abroad during summer break and completed a project in service of a local, national or global issue. Finally, they presented their experiences as Global Scholars to students and faculty.


2021 GLOBAL SCHOLARS

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  • Anna Mejia Contrares '21

    Anna is bilingual in Spanish and English and co-founded the Hispanic Culture Club and organized Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. She studied French at York and participated in CIEE’s Language and Culture program in Toulouse, France. For her capstone project, she taught a workshop on the French language and francophone African cultures to youth at the Village Project in Seaside.
  • Chris Berte '21

    Chris studied Spanish at York and participated in CIEE’s program in Mallorca, Spain. He has a strong interest in Public Health and he took a course on nutrition at UCLA. For his capstone project, he created a Spanish/English infographic on diabetes prevention which he shared with CHOMP and the Food Bank.
  • Courtney Hand '21

    Courtney studied Spanish at York, and she studied Spanish at Malaca Instituto in Málaga, Spain. She was a member of the Spanish Language Honors Society and the Hispanic Culture Club, and she is a recipient of both a gold and silver medal for the National Spanish Exam. One of her poems was published in Albricias magazine. Courtney is a member of Model UN and served as the club’s Secretary her junior and senior year. Inspired by a MUN Impact course, she designed and facilitated summer and after-school Model UN workshops at All Saints Day School for her Global Scholars project. She has also further pursuing her interest in Global Studies by taking History of Global Cinema and YAS Art History.
  • Cynthia Ortiz-Naranjo '21

    Cynthia studied Chinese at York, and she was a member of the Chinese Honors Society and Asian Culture Club. Her first language is Spanish, and she was a member of the Hispanic Culture Club. She studied abroad with the CIEE German Language and Culture program, where she became interested in learning about the refugee crisis. For her Global Scholars project, she mentored Model UN students in a four-week course on the Economic Inclusion of Refugees led by the UNHCR, and she presented on the topic at the MUN Impact Global Summit 2020. She will also be presenting on systemic causes of the proliferation of nuclear weapons at the Critical Issues Forum in 2021. At York, Cynthia was an active member of Model UN and served as Head of Delegate Training her junior and senior year.
  • Jasmine Agha '21

    Jasmine studied Arabic at Middlebury in Vermont and with Qasid Institute, based in Amman, Jordan. At York she studied Spanish and travelled to Yucatán, Mexico. An active member of Model UN and the Critical Issues Forum, she coordinated a simulation on nuclear nonproliferation issues and presented at an international conference hosted by Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Leonardo Del Toro '21

    Leonardo studied Spanish and French at York, and History of Global Cinema and Asian History. He was a member of the Spanish Honors Society and Hispanic Culture Club. He has served as Treasurer of Model UN at York and Head of Social Media at MUN Impact, a growing international organization of students who actively support the work of the United Nations. He was a recipient of the National Philanthropy Award for his work with Community Partnership for Youth. This experience led him to form a non-profit, the Changing Lives Foundation, which has raised funds to build a school in Nimo, Nigeria.
  • Sarah Stoker '21

    Sarah presented alongside Jasmine at the Critical Issues Forum at MIIS on the topic of the military industrial complex and its role in the perpetuation of nuclear arms proliferation. Sarah has studied multiple languages, including Chinese, French, and German. Having lived in Vienna her freshman year, she developed a strong interest in the language and culture and has pursued independent studies at two German international schools. She was also an active and award-winning member of Model UN.
  • Seth Madden '21

    Seth is a dual STEAM and Global Scholar. He studied Chinese at York School and did extensive coursework in advanced STEAM courses. His interest in environmental studies led to an internship on climate change at Naval Postgraduate School, and he presented his research at NOAA and produced two educational films on climate issues in Asia, which he shared with teachers locally.

2020 GLOBAL SCHOLARS

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  • Jiacheng Liu '20

    Jiacheng Liu studied Spanish, French, Portuguese and Latin. He traveled to Seville, Spain with CIEE and studied Spanish in Málaga the following year. His Global Scholars project was a 15th Century Lexical Study, which he presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference and Keene State University. He also presented on the dissolution of the INF Treaty at the Critical Issues Forum, an international conference on nuclear nonproliferation. He was president of Model UN and a recipient of the Spanish Award.
  • Annushka Veliko-Shapko '20

    Annushka studied French at York and traveled to Paris with CIEE. She was a member of the French Culture Club, the French Honors Society, and a recipient of the French Award. A speaker of Russian, she pursued an independent study course at York on Russian literature. For her Global Scholars project, she participated in the Critical Issues Forum for two years. In the first year, she presented on the dissolution of the INF Treaty, and in the second year she created an informational video on nuclear testing in France and contributed to a group presentation on systemic causes of the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • Jordan Goodwin '20

    Jordan Goodwin studied Spanish at York and traveled to Seville, Spain with CIEE. While at York, she published a poem in Albracias. For her Global Scholars project, she interned at the Mandell-Gisnet Center, a local non-profit that helps individuals navigate the legal system. She contributed to their program by assisting with in-court mediations, interpreting in court, and translating informational pages on the website into Spanish. In addition, she contributed to a group presentation at the Critical Issue Forum on the systemic causes of nuclear nonproliferation.
  • Francesco Carriglio '20

    Francesco Carriglio studied Mandarin at York and was inducted into the National Chinese Honors Society. He traveled to Shanghai, China to study business and entrepreneurship with CIEE. For his Global Scholars project, he designed and presented a business plan for a company that would sell a healthy alternative to boba tea. At York, he was also enrolled in the Asian History course, and he was a recipient of the History Award.
  • Rohan Sethi '20

    Rohan Sethi studied Spanish at York and traveled to Barcelona with CIEE, where he developed a love for Spanish food and culture. He is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, so he became involved in the Health Explorers program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. For his Global Scholars project, he produced a Spanish-language guide for hospital volunteers. Along with the two previously mentioned scholars, he was inducted into the Spanish Honors Society.
  • Matthew Galloway '20

    Matthew Galloway studied French at York and traveled to Paris with CIEE. For his Global Scholars project, he researched technical solutions for alleviating poverty in Senegal and made a website showcasing fellow Global Scholars’ projects. Matt was enrolled in Asian History at York and was a member of French Culture Club and French Honors Society.

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