Congratulations! 2011 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Winners | My Family Travels

Our congratulations to all student travel bloggers who earned 2011 Scholarships from Family Travel Forum (FTF) and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) for college or further travels.

As many of you know, between May 1 and August 1, 2011, nearly 6,000 students ages 13-18, educated in US or American-International schools, applied for this merit scholarship. You blogged about a range of experiences from service trips to journeys to re-connect with your heritage; from exploring nature to those that focused on cultural immersion. 

Judging the sheer volume of eloquent travel tales, photographs and videos required a team of college and graduate level journalism majors to assist FTF editors, and a team of senior members of SATW helped in honing the list down.  The Quarter-Finalists’ work numbered nearly 15% of the total entries submitted.

The top Finalist essays, 4% of those submitted, were passed up to a panel of four travel journalists from the SATW who judged them on originality, eloquence and a sense of place. (You can meet all the judges in this story.) FTF was honored by the support and participation of SATW because of their commitment to responsible journalism, conservation and the preservation of travel resources worldwide.

We congratulate the Winners of the 2011 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarships and thank you all for submitting such great work. 

1st Place ($1,000):
And So Our Circle Grew: My First African Morning” by Alexandra Sarazen; Manchester, New Hampshire

2nd Place ($500):   
Trash Talk” by Lauren Pey; San Anselmo, California

3rd Place ($200):
Road to Lonavala” by Paroma Chakravarty; Atlanta, Georgia

2011 Scholarship Honorable Mentions (Honorarium includes travel journals and passes to any Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum)
– “A Slice of Literature” by Jacqueline Murray; Randolph, New Jersey
– “Blindfolded” by Erika Flickner; Folsom, California
– “Fly Away” by Shi Chan Meng; Fairfax, Virginia
– “Guardian Angels Guide a Lost Girl” by Delisa Williams; Roswell, Georgia
– “It Is No Longer Speaking, It Is Understanding” by Lawren Jaben, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
– “Language Barriers” by Michelle Hwang; Thousand Oaks, California
– “Limerick, Ireland: The Perfect Place for a Pair of Wellies” by Danielle Kelly Herbert; Lehi, Utah
– “My Heart’s in Honduras” by Abigail Shepard; Dayton, Ohio
– “My Hut Is Your Hut” by Ian Rofe; Santa Monica, California
– “My Internal Journey” by Patricia Leal; Mecca, California
– “Names and Faces” by Victoria Oliver; Raleigh; North Carolina
– “Nature’s Power” by Samantha Simma; Somerset, Wisconsin
– “New York With A South Asian Twist” by Saiema Alam; Vestal, New York
– “No Shoes But Big Dreams” by Duyminh Nguyen; Houston, Texas
– “Sin Cuenta” by Cynthia Marie Campos Costanzo; Los Angeles, California
– “South African Bush: An Untouched and Invisible World” by Stephanie Wenclawski; Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– “Spending Two Weeks With Mother Nature” by Justin Cook; Jacksonville, Florida
– “Taking a Shower” by Sabrina D’Souza; Allston, Massachusetts
– “The Joys of Muddy Paths” by Wesley Cornwell; Terre Haute, Indiana
– “The Secret Life of an Old Magazine: History Brought Life Central Florida” by Carly Gordon; Boca Raton, Florida
– “Through Her Eyes” by Alexandra McLaughlin; Minneapolis, Minnesota
– “Towards Reason’s Horizon” by Wahaj Chaudhry; Brooklyn, New York
– “Wealthy Orphans” by Noorsher Ahmed; San Jose, California
– “Who Can Get The Closest?” by Lauren Nicole Rogers; Tulsa, Oklahoma
– “You Can Kill The Dreamer, But Not The Dream” by Samantha Ann Hall; Waller, Texas
For the second year, prizes for Best Photograph and Best Video are given by SATW in recognition of the multimedia skills required of today’s professional travel journalists.

2011 Teen Travel Scholarship Best Photography (SATW Honorarium of a $150 Photography Equipment Merchandise Gift Certificate)
– “Reconnecting with a Friend” by Christopher James Bennett; El Cerrito, California

2011 Teen Travel Scholarship Best Video (SATW Honorarium of a $150 Photography Equipment Merchandise Gift Certificate)
– “The Roman Equation” by Allie Chandler; Clearwater, Florida

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