NDA students win 1st place out of 39 countries for Vaccinations for Nations web site, 2005 Doors to Diplomacy Project.
The Department of State has announced the winners of the 2005 Doors to Diplomacy Award. Notre Dame Academy's very own have been
recognized for their excellence in teaching about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. A total of 293 student teams from
39 countries, ranging in age from 15-18, participated in the contest, which was co-sponsored by the Department of State and Global SchoolNet.
An NDA sophomore and three Freshmen have won the prestigious international competition, Doors to Diplomacy, sponsored by Global
SchoolNet Foundation and the United States Department of State with their website, "Vaccinations for Nations." This educational and
informative site at aims at teaching young people about the diseases that ravage innocent children, and also provides ways to help. Team
members are: Katherine Nicole Fell, '08, daughter of Dr. Richard and Mrs. Luann Fell of Sylvania; Bridget Marie Joyce, '08, daughter of Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Jo Ellen Joyce of Sylvania; Kelly Kiernan Miller, '08, and Meredith Louise Miller, '07, daughters of Mr. Chris and Mrs. Judy Miller of Holland; Mrs. Jacqueline Konwinski, NDA AP US History and AP US Government Teacher; Mrs. Judith Stanford Miller, parent volunteer.
"Their project illustrates Notre Dame's mission of academic excellence, leadership, and service. Millions of children die unnecessarily each year simply because they do not receive vaccinations for common diseases. "Vaccinations for Nations" examines the causes, transmission, symptoms, treatments, and vaccines for seven childhood diseases around the world. The project concludes by highlighting people and organizations that help the world's children and by inviting students to offer their hands in helping children." stated by Mrs.
Each student of the winning team receives a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. June 6-9, 2005, where they will receive a private tour of the State Department facilities. They will also meet with key officials and participate in a special awards ceremony in which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will present the award in the Treaty Room at the Department of State. In addition, the Doors to Diplomacy project advisors and schools will receive a $500 cash award. Learn more about their cause at www.ndadoors.org..