Students' site scores State award
- By Bryant Jordan
- Nov 29, 2000
ThinkQuest Web site
The State Department has awarded its first-ever Digital Diplomacy Award an educational award created solely for the public to three students
who created a Web site to draw attention to world hunger.
The three students from the United States, Hong Kong and the United
Kingdom launched "An End to World Hunger: Hope for the Future" through
ThinkQuest, a nonprofit, Internet-based education program with international
The new State award recognizes the student-created ThinkQuest Web site
that best informs the public about the importance of international affairs
"The judges had a score sheet and they applied four different factors how good is the content, how interactive, does it have good design, does
it meet certain education objectives," said Janice Kiser, a State spokeswoman.
For the education aspect, she said, the site had to teach people about the
importance of foreign affairs.
The State Department Digital Diplomacy Award was created in March for
the ThinkQuest Internet Challenge. More than 4,000 student-created sites
are available through the ThinkQuest Web site.
Each of the student winners will receive a $2,000 scholarship, while
their sponsoring coaches and schools will each receive a $500 cash award.
In January, the State Department will fly the students to Washington, D.C.,
for an award presentation, tour of the State Department and meetings with
State officials, Kiser said.