Hannah Schuett, 9th grade, was recently named a 2019 KidSpirit Award winner. KidSpirit is a nonprofit online magazine and community by and for youth to engage each other about life’s big questions in an open and inclusive spirit. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding among 11- to 17-year-olds of diverse backgrounds and support their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding.
Hannah’s article, “The Tree of Change” won in the Interfaith Connections department. Hannah and her family attended the awards ceremony on Monday, November 4 at Capitale in New York City. Hannah was also able to attend KidSpirit’s first annual Global Summit for more than 30 editors and award winners. There she had the opportunity to connect with other award winners and guest speakers. They discussed "big questions" generated by each of them, led by a Ph.D. neuroscientist from England who studies consciousness.
During the gala, she had the opportunity to meet business leaders and educators, including the founder of the Tribeca film festival, a theater critic, Broadway actor currently starring in "To Kill a Mockingbird", and a human rights activist working with women in Afghanistan. These leaders were very engaged in learning about what the kids thought, and what their dreams were and discussed important topics with each other and adult guest speakers.
Congratulations, Hannah! Your efforts are in perfect alignment with the vision of St. Mary’s Academy to help students become global citizens who work for justice and act in peace.
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