[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Choi, of Valencia, Wins Int’l Student Essay Contest | 06-25-2013
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
59°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 30
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]


"Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange" by Charmaine Agawin of Santa Clarita’s sister city, Sariaya.

“Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange” by Charmaine Agawin of Santa Clarita’s sister city, Sariaya.

(Read Choi’s essay below)

 

Two community members representing the Santa Clarita Sister Cities program are among a few distinguished young artists and authors to be recognized at this year’s Sister Cities International annual conference in San Antonio, Tex., July 12 through 14.

“The City is thrilled to have two youth participants from our Sister Cities program recognized for their contributions to strengthening cultural understanding through writing and art,” said Mayor Bob Kellar.

Youth, ages 13-to-18, were asked to create an original work of art, essay or poem to capture the theme – the power of exchange.

Ashley Choi, a Valencia High School student, was awarded the $1,000 grand prize forher essay, “The Powerful Exchange of Love.”

“This is the first time a local student has won the grand prize for a submission featured as part of this international program,” Kellar said.

Capturing the true essence of this year’s Sister Cities theme, the essay was chosen based on Ashley’s real-life experiences, generosity, and selflessness in helping others within remote communities.

Charmaine Agawin, from Santa Clarita’s sister city Sariaya, Philippines, was also chosen as one of five international finalists for her artwork, “Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange.”

”We’re excited to show the world how Santa Clarita is creating and strengthening partnerships in our city as well as other international communities,” Kellar said.

Both the essay and artwork will be showcased at the Sister Cities International annual conference, with the art piece touring select United States cities in the coming year.

The Santa Clarita Valley International Program, through its Sister Cities Program and in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, offers local students the unique opportunity to submit entries for the annual Young Authors and Artists Showcase in the spring of each year.

These art and literary competitions give students the opportunity to express their ideas of global citizenship, cross-cultural communication, and global issues through different art forms.

Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization that fosters partnership among communities around the globe to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, one individual at a time.

Santa Clarita currently has a Sister Cities relationship with Tena, Ecuador in South America and Sariaya, Quezon in the Philippines.

– David Mariuz

 

 

The Powerful Exchange of Love

Seung Won Choi

Santa Clarita Sister Cities

Santa Clarita, CA

 

 

When the word of exchange comes to mind, many people think of two groups of people who exchange goods for the benefit of each other. In history, we have seen two different groups exchange each other. But as time passed, communities have come together filled with compassion to help others. I believe that this type of exchange is especially powerful to not only one side of the exchange, but to both. Through these exchanges, we fill up each other’s weaknesses and needs. Today, society helps one other through our strengths to give to others. Through this powerful exchange, talents and gifts can be given to other areas of the world. To me, when I hear the “power of exchange,” I think of my trip to Mexico in the summer.

 

During the summer, I was blessed to be able to have the opportunity to go to Mexico to build a house for the less fortunate in Mexico. These people lived with conditions that were different from what I was used to. I spent four days building a house with a group of people for this family without a home. Building this home, I felt like I was exchanging love and effort into this house that would become an important part of the family’s lives. I felt that I was able to give this new family a house built with love, while I was able to receive the family’s heart of thankfulness. Instead of feeling like I only gave something to this family, I felt like I received something much more important. I was able to realize how blessed I am to live in such a sheltered society not having to have any problems financially or any first-world problems that strike many families today. While building this house, I was able to communicate with the family even though we were from two different places without a common language. Through common interests and ideas, I was not only able to build a house, but a relationship out of love. Through this experience, the long-term effect it had on me was that I was able to learn more about the world that we live in, instead of only being limited to the society that I live in. I was able to make new friends through this memorable exchange and remember how important it is to help others.

 

My experience in Mexico had a profound effect on not only on the community, but to me especially. I believe that the exchange between these two different groups is significant and can help the world to become closer together as one united society. This experience left me striving to have a compassionate heart that seeks other opportunities to help other unfortunate people in the world. Ultimately, this type of exchange can help the community to change for the better, hand-in-hand.

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


Related Content
LATEST CITY HEADLINES
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hot on the heels of the original Silicon Valley and the more recently named Silicon Beach, the current buzz is all about the Silicon Suburb or Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The next New Heights panel will focus on "The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Grant Writing" and will be on July 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Centre.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Santa Clarita City Council agenda for May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
The North County Transportation Coalition is encouraging area residents to weigh in on the guidelines under development by Los Angeles County Metro (Metro) for Measure M by submitting their comments at www.theplan.metro.net until May 26.
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Drive Safe White Ribbon Campaign began in 1997 in response to concerns over the large number of local teenagers who lost their lives in vehicular collisions as a result of a bad decision to drive recklessly or while impaired. The Class of 2003 White Ribbon card listed 17 students killed since 1998.
Keep Up With Our Facebook
-->
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]
Skip Spiro's 10-piece Jazz/Blues Project will play a special concert in tribute to Dirk Fischer, the legendary College of the Canyons music department chief and jazz composer-arranger, at Vincenzo's in Newhall on Wednesday, July 26 starting at 7 p.m.
July 26: Skip Spiro Jazz-Blues Big Band Honors Dirk Fischer
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a suspected arson fire left a house and barn in Agua Dulce burned on Monday morning. Plus, veterans were honored at the annual Memorial Day Celebration at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, May 29, 2017
After five months of communication in a program designed to encourage elementary-age school children to read and write, a group of students and their Los Angeles Sheriff's Department correspondents finally met in person at George Washington Carver Elementary School on Friday, May 26.
Read on! Elementary Students Meet Their LASD e-Pals
Congressman Steve Knight will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on June 1 at Canyon High School.
June 1: Knight Town Hall Meeting to be Held at Canyon H.S.
Entertainment and attractions continue to be added to the 2017 Touch-A-Truck event benefiting the SCV Senior Center, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Central Park in Santa Clarita.
June 17: Activities, Entertainment Added to Touch-a-Truck Event
The Master’s University baseball team finally met a team that could outscore it and when No. 2 seed Faulkner broke out the bats in a 13-5 victory, the Mustangs watched the end of a 10-game winning streak and fell into the losers’ bracket at the 2017 Avista-NAIA World Series.
Eagles Take Flight 13-5 Over TMU Mustangs
Multiple structures and surrounding grass in Agua Dulce burned early Monday morning in what investigators believe to be an arson incident.
Suspected Arson Fire Burns House, Barn in Agua Dulce
Carousel Ranch held its 9th annual “How the West Was Won” Shoot Friday, May 19 at Moore N’ Moore Sporting Clays to benefit the kids at Carousel Ranch, raising more than $30,000.
‘How the West Was Won’ Carousel Ranch Event Raises $32K
Upcoming arts and cultural events in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of May 29-June 1.
May 29-June 1: Santa Clarita Arts Upcoming Events
The Lancaster JetHawks scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to come from behind and knock off the Inland Empire 66ers, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at The Hangar.
JetHawks Win Sunday in Wild Walk-off Rally
Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school's 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16.
Saugus High Seniors Win First Rod Bennett Scholarships
1987 - Director John Landis acquitted of charges in deaths of Vic Morrow and two child actors on Valencia set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
Brendan Rodgers blasted two home runs and the JetHawks used a six-run sixth inning to pull away from the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, 8-1, on Friday night at The Hangar.
Rodgers Powers JetHawks Over 66ers 8-1 Friday Night
Hamlet Marte hit two of Lancaster’s four home runs to help the JetHawks knock off the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, 9-5, on Saturday night at The Hangar.
Marte Hits 2 Homers, JetHawks Beat 66ers Again
1971 - Community preview night (pre-grand opening), Magic Mountain [story]
West Ranch High School dedicated their new Wall of Honor on Friday, which was produced by four West Ranch High School ASB students.
West Ranch High School Unveils Wall of Honor
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the SCV Senior Center honored those who gave their life in service. Plus, SCVi students are building a "tiny house" for a homeless veteran. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, May 26, 2017
Fourth and fifth graders at Santa Clarita Valley International School are asking for the community’s assistance over Memorial Day weekend with fundraising for a “tiny house” they are building for a homeless veteran.
SCVi Students Raising Funds for Tiny House for Homeless Vet
Plambeck's objective, plain and simple, has always been about stopping development by any means possible. Her strategy involves multiple delay tactics, the worst being groundless litigation.
Chicken Little, Part 2 | Commentary by Dan Masnada
The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Galpin Subaru, roars into June with a unique lineup of events including a classic Volkswagen car show, James Bond-themed SENSES Block Party and monthly variety show. Old Town Newhall is the hot spot on Thursday nights so grab your friends and family and come down for some fun.
Thursdays@Newhall June Lineup: Classic Volkswagen, James Bond, more
A feeling of delightful gratification for a mentor typically comes about when seeing a mentee develop and realize success. Their reward is in victories the students achieve, which are often seen as a measure of the instructor’s own success, positive influence and guidance. Such is the story of Dr. Luis S. Garcia and the Education Based Incarceration program.
Inmate Earns Doctoral Degree While in L.A. County Jail System
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging leadership convened at the future location of the new Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and announced that only $2.3 million additional fundraising dollars needed to be raised before construction could begin on the Center.
New SCV Senior Center Waits on $2.3 Mil.
Peter Lambert tossed eight strong innings, but the San Jose Giants came from behind to knock off the JetHawks, 4-2, in the rubber game of the series on Thursday night at The Hangar.
San Jose Giants Beat JetHawks 4-2 Thursday
Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. It takes 10 minutes or less to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive. The County of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the American Heart Association are once again coordinating free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, June 1, at over 50 sites across Los Angeles County to help improve cardiac survivability.
June 1: L.A. County Coordinates Sidewalk CPR Day
When Jeanny Olivares, 22, crosses the stage on Friday, June 2, for College of the Canyons’ Commencement, she will be receiving two associate degrees in marketing and accounting, which she earned in a year-and-a-half’s time.
COC Grad Earns Two Degrees While Facing Adversity
1907 - John Wayne born in Iowa; got start in movies filmed in Placerita Canyon [watch one]
The CLWA-NCWD merger is not a takeover, as Plambeck repeatedly insists. It is the product of months of discussion between two willing parties, which could be terminated at any time by either party or both parties.
Chicken Little, Part 1 | Commentary by Dan Masnada
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, deputies and volunteers trained for an active shooter situation at The Masters University Thursday morning. Plus, a girl is fighting for her life, leaving her family asking the community for blood donations to help her survive. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dr. Steven J. Golightly, Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department (CSSD), was recognized on May 22 for his Department’s innovative efforts to improve child support services for L.A. County residents and his zeal for developing future leaders for government service to the public.
County Child Support Services Director Receives Excellence in Government Award
Motown in Town is back on Sunday, June 25 from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
June 25: Motown in Town 2 at the Hyatt
Hot on the heels of the original Silicon Valley and the more recently named Silicon Beach, the current buzz is all about the Silicon Suburb or Santa Clarita Valley.
Business Incubator Tenant Selected for Festival of Creativity in Cannes
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, announces that Senate Bill (SB 792), a measure to establish an oversight commission for Los Angeles County Measure B trauma funding has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.
Oversight of LA County Trauma Care Dollars Given Green Light
Princess Cruises has debuted its 2018-2019 Exotics program which will take guests to culturally rich and iconic cruise destinations around the globe.
Princess Cruises Debuts 2018-2019 Exotics Sailings
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, announces that Senate Bills 634 (SB 634), a measure which would create a new water district in the Santa Clarita Valley, cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for consideration.
SCV Water Agency Merger Bill Clears Senate Panel