Global Expression and Thought (GET) Prize

The GET Prize for Global Expression and Thought recognizes both students and faculty for their learning and growth in the field of global education. Honorees are students from member schools who effectively use writing to illustrate/reflect their intercultural and global growth through classroom study, travel, or other school experiences; Faculty honorees have designed purposeful, exemplary curricula that target global competencies and facilitate student development as globally minded citizens.

2023 GET Prize Winners


Middle-School Level (grades 5-8)

>> Winner: “The Boy in the Park”–Sarah Baker, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, MA

>> Honorable Mention: “Protecting the Earth’s Balance”–Samantha Kent, American School of The Hague, Netherlands

High-School Level (grades 9-12)

>> Winner: “The Line Between Promise and Brutality”–Beckett Hutchens, Polytechnic School, CA

>> Honorable Mention: “Diversity Cannot Be Kept in a Box”–Vicky Chen, Havergal College, Canada


Primary- and Middle-School Curriculum

>> Winner: “Identity Through Global Art: Grade 2 Geometry”–Grade 2 Team Aman Samra and Emily Decker, King School, CT

>> Honorable Mention: “Curtain Up on Women of Character: Bringing Biographies and Research to Life”–3rd Grade Teacher Amanda Collongues, Academy of the Sacred Heart, LA

High-School Curriculum

>> Winner: “Global Entrepreneurship Challenge”–Upper School Social Studies Teacher Heather Waters, Scarsdale High School, NY

>> Honorable Mention: “Race in Art: Global Art History Lesson”–Upper School Art History Teacher Ran LaPolla, King School, CT

GET Prize Criteria

In the 2022-23 School Year, four GET Prizes, each in the amount of $350 will be awarded to students and faculty. Student prizes are awarded to two individuals–one at the Middle School Level and one at the High School Level–for written work that reflects their pursuit of global citizenship. Faculty prizes are given to two teachers across all divisions for distinguished global curriculum development. A committee consisting of community volunteers, GEBG Board Members, and staff select GET Prize recipients and Honorable Mentions.


Middle School Level (grades 5-8) + High School Level (grades 9-12)

Entries should involve two or more perspectives, cultures, languages, families or national policies. Please select one of the following.

  • Global Self-Discovery Reflection: a personal reflection on an experience of intercultural resonance. These pieces would describe how an experience of virtual, local, national, and/or global interconnection impacted the student’s worldview and sense of self and place.
  • Global Thought Piece: an analytical and/or persuasive piece on a topic of international significance. These pieces would articulate thoughtful analysis and/or to defend a particular stance on a topic/issue of local, national, or global significance.


Primary Level (grades 1-4)

A global classroom activity: this can be a single lesson, a week-long activity, or a technology initiative–you decide! For primary schools’ entries, the lesson/project should involve the examination of two or more perspectives or cultures. Please provide a written narrative of the classroom activity, along with optional photos and some examples of student work.

Middle and High School Level (grades 5-12)

For Middle and High School entries, the lesson, assignment, or unit of study should clearly target one or more global competencies, as articulated/defined by the assignment, department, and/or school. Submissions may include an assignment sheet, a lesson plan, and/or a unit design document and should include the following components:

  • Identification of the goals/objectives of the lesson/experience, including student outcomes
  • Articulation of the lesson/experience itself
  • Explanation of the methods of instruction/learning (including any key resources)
  • Documentation of evaluated student work—three examples demonstrating the range of the class

GET Prize Guidelines and Submission

The GET Prize submission is essentially written work. Photographs and drawings can be included, but the work will be judged on qualities of thought, evidence, organization, and effective use of language. Middle and Upper School student entries must be independently developed with minimum guidance from others. We kindly ask that the student’s GET Prize entry is entirely their/her/his work. The word limit is a minimum of 500 words, and a maximum of 750 words. Each school is allowed 2 entries per division.

The judging will be done by a panel of global educators not connected with member schools submitting entries. Final selections are announced in the spring. School Global Coordinators will receive email notification and should then communicate the information with the student or faculty member.

GET Prize Entries must be submitted by a school’s Global Coordinator on behalf of the student or educator. The Global Coordinator is expected to review each entry for quality, originality, and connections with global themes. Submissions include an entry form and submission of written work. An electronic notification will be sent to both the Global Coordinator and student or educator once a completed submission is received.

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Past Prize Recipients

2022 GET Prize Recipients


Middle School Level (grades 5-8)

  • Winner: “No Farmers, No Food”–Saachi Singh, The Westminster Schools, GA, USA
  • Honorable Mention: “Lebanon Crisis”–Lilya Elchahal, The Westminster Schools, GA, USA

High School Level (grades 9-12)

  • Winner: “No-Tolerance”–Thea Dai, Castilleja School, CA
  • Honorable Mention: “Changing Perspectives”–Cailin Templeman, Santa Catalina School, CA


Primary and Middle School Level (grades K-8)

  • Winner: “Inquiry, Integration and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”–2nd Grade Teacher Elizabeth Reenstra, American School of the Hague, Netherlands
  • Honorable Mention: “Splish-Splash Hydroponics”–7th Grade Earth Science Instructor Traci Metzler, Palmer Trinity School, FL, USA

High School Level (grades 9-12)

  • Winner: “International Relations Course Curriculum”–Upper School History-Social Science Teacher Dr. Christy Story, Castilleja School, CA, USA
  • Honorable Mention: “The Fermentation Project: A Global Historical Learning Experience for 10th Grade Modern Global History”–Upper School Social Studies Teacher Dr. Hope Myers, Lovett School (The), GA, USA

2021 GET Prize Recipients


Middle School Level (grades 5-8)

  • Winner: “Why We Should Raise Awareness about Climate Change”–Thomas Malbasa, University School, OH
  • Honorable Mention: “Why Electric Cars Would Benefit the Environment”–Elliott Laye, University School, OH

High School Level (grades 9-12)

  • Winner: “Deception on a Pedestal”–Katherine Drum, Polytechnic School, CA
  • Honorable Mention: “The Great Divide”–Nicole Dao, Punahou School, HI


Primary and Middle School Level (grades K-8)

  • Winner: “Afghanistan Beyond the Headlines”–6th Grade Social Studies Teacher Lora Mazaheri, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, MA
  • Honorable Mention: “Curating a Global Collection of Children’s Books to Increase Cultural Competence in Third Grade Students”–3rd-Grade Teacher Jessica Newman, Charlotte Country Day School, NC

High School Level (grades 9-12)

  • Winner: “Climate Change: Reaching Out and Teaching About”–Science Teacher Traci Holstein, Palmer Trinity School, FL
  • Honorable Mention: “Global Simulation Project”–World Language and Global Studies Teacher Sylvia Simard-Newman, Cannon School, NC

2020 GET Prize Recipients


Middle School Level:

  • Winner: “Key Components of a Just Immigration Policy” – Mika Lewis, Turning Point School, CA
  • Honorable Mention: “My Experience: Soccer in Egypt” – Sara, Hathaway Brown School, OH

High School Level:

  • Winner: “Naturalize Charlotte: Connecting Resources and Transforming Perspectives” – Foster Harris, Charlotte Country Day School, NC
  • Honorable Mention: “My Experiences in France, and How They Helped Bridge Linguistic Divides” – Grace Sanborn, Moravian Academy, PA


Middle School Level:

  • Winner: “Sixth-Grade Idea Museum: an exercise in empathy, global competency, and design thinking” 6th-Grade Teacher Leila Huff, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, MA
  • Honorable Mention: “Celebrating Connections to Community: What Does It Mean to Be an Atlantan?” 8th-Grade Civic Leadership Teacher Ben Posten, Lovett School, GA

High School Level:

  • Winner: “Gaining Empathy and Understanding Through Megacities Websites” 9th-Grade Human Geography Teacher Benjamin Mosteller, Bullis School, MD
  • Honorable Mention: “Paula’s Legacy” 9th-Grade World History Teacher Allison Chandler, The Bolles School, FL

2019 GET Prize Recipients

High School Division

  • Winner: “No Service” – Grace Rivers, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, PA
  • Honorable Mention: “Marrakech/Marymout Blue” – Gwyneth B., Marymount School, NY

Middle School Division

  • Winner: “The Big Decision” – Mateo Acevedo, Turning Point School, CA
  • Honorable Mention: “The True American Dream” – Lydia Kellicker, The Wellington School, OH

Primary School Division // Curriculum

  • Winner: “Global Exploration Through Dramatic Performance” – Mr. Daniel Austin, Drama Educator, Bolles School, FL
  • Honorable Mention: “Global Art and STEM Project inspired by Mitali Perkins’ book, Rickshaw Girl,” – Ms. Zoe Hedstrom, Art Teacher, Greenwich Academy, CT