Board Meeting Student PhotoSeven Del Valle High School seniors will be awarded the coveted Global Scholars Certificates by the World Affairs Council of Austin. Del Valle is the first high school in central Texas to have students obtain this honor. With the help of teacher Michael Cunningham and Executive Director for World Affairs Council of Austin Ben Ramirez, the following students were recognized at the May 21 board meeting:

Madison Adelstein
Lance Belderol
Adonis Birch-Franklin
Jessica De Loera
Cecilia Perez
Freddy Nieto
Bryssa Rodriguez

“The Del Valle High School students were quite impressive,” Mihran Aorian, a Professor at the University of Texas Red Mc Combs School of Business and Armenian Community Leader said. “I was in utter shock as to the level of detail that the students went in to. I would expect that from a Genocide scholar, but not a high school student. It was incredible.”

The World Affairs Council US began this program several years ago to grant credentials to students who complete a comprehensive study in international programs. Certification requirements include: completing six courses across three different disciplines that are designated as “globally focused” by each individual high school and districts’ Global Scholars Leadership; demonstrating skill in a foreign language; participating in at least three globally-focused extra-curricular activities; completing a minimum of twenty hours of globally-focused service learning; and completing a capstone research project that encapsulates their global competency.