Team Peru Wins First Student Project Award
The MIIS Student Council announced the winner of its first Student Project Contest at the International Bazaar on April 16. Five student groups presented their work and proposals to the Council. The winner, Team Peru, is a group of students from various degree programs who are dedicated to shepherding sustainable development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru, including building greenhouses with the support of communities and local secondary schools.
Funding for the award came from an unexpected source. The original idea was to fund the monetary prize with proceeds from the Follies ticket sales, but after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the council voted to contribute the proceeds to support relief efforts there. Their generosity did not go unnoticed by the members of the Institute Board of Governors, two of whom made substantial contributions to replenish the award fund. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of the MIIS Board of Governors, we will now be offering a prize of more than $6,000 to Team Peru, the contest winner,” said Michael Cutino, president of the MIIS Student Council.