11-20-2012Winners of the International Photo Contest, sponsored by the Office of International and Intercultural Programs (OIP), were honored Monday at a reception in Boyd Dining Center’s Shafer Room. Students who have studied abroad were invited to participate in the contest, which was held in conjunction with International Education Week (Nov. 12–16). With the opportunity to win cash prizes, entrants submitted up to three photos and a short essay that encompassed the theme, “Education as my PASSPORT to the WORLD!” First prize ($100) was awarded to sophomore Anjali Upadhyaya, who studied abroad in India last semester. “Education is just like that dark blue passport, and it’s my mind that gets to take the journey,” Upadhyaya wrote in her essay. “The classes I take – history, science, English – all allow me access to places that have the potential to open my mind and expand my horizons. When I studied abroad in India for a semester…I learned about different cultures and languages as well as different plants and animals. The opportunities like these that education provides are truly invaluable.” Second prize ($50) was awarded to senior Chiereme Fortune; Third prize ($25) went to junior Meaghan Groah; Honorable Mention was given to senior Allison Reeves. To learn more about study abroad programs or international internships, contact Lena Johnson at 757-455-3116, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the OIP webpage.